Six Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Robin Means Coleman, a professor of communications and a professor of Afro-American and African studies at University of Michigan, was named vice president and associate provost for diversity at Texas A&M University, effective April 1.

Professor Coleman is a graduate of what is now Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she majored in communications. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Heidi R. Lewis was promoted to associate professor of feminist and gender studies at Colorado College. She was also granted tenure. Dr. Lewis joined the faculty at the college in 2010. She is the associate editor of The Feminist Wire.

Dr. Lewis is a graduate f Robert Morris University in Moon, Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in American studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Nsoki Mavinga was promoted to associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty in 2013 after serving for two years as a visiting professor. Earlier, she taught at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Mavinga earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2008.

Haywood L. Brown, the F. Bayard Carter Professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University, was appointed vice president for diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for the University of South Florida System. He will also serve as associate dean for diversity at the university’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and a medical doctorate from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Arris Golden was appointed assistant director of bands and associate director of the Spartan Marching Band at  Michigan State University. She will also teach courses in music education at the university.

Golden has been serving as the director of the Marching Tar Heels band at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Earlier, she was director of athletic bands at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Andre Isaacs was promoted to associate professor of chemistry at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was also granted tenure. Dr. Isaacs joined the faculty at the college in 2012.

Dr. Isaacs is a 2005 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where he majored in chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.


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