New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

Terri Norton, an associate professor of construction engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was appointed associate dean for students and strategic initiatives and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She has served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska since 2007.

Dr. Norton is a graduate of Florida State University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Florida A&M University.

Prince Duren was appointed director of the department of theatre at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He joined the faculty at the university in 2013 as an assistant professor of theatre.

Duren is a graduate of Jackson State University, where he majored in mass communications. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arkansas.

Sheretta Butler-Barnes was promoted to associate professor at the Brown School of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. She was also granted tenure. Dr. Butler-Barnes joined the faculty at the university in 2012.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Butler-Barnes earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Nathan De’Shon Myers was named an assistant professor of voice in the School of Music at Arizona State University. He will begin teaching in the fall. He is the director of the music conservatory and head of opera studies at Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

Myers is a graduate of the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where he majored in opera performance. He holds a master’s degree in voice from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Alicia Graf Mack was appointed director of the Dance Division at The Julliard School in New York City. She has been serving as an adjunct dance instructor at the University of Houston and a visiting assistant professor of dance at Webster University in St. Louis. Mack is a former performer for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Mack is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in history. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Tayari Jones will join the faculty in the English department at Emory University in Atlanta this fall. She is spending this academic year at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a founding member of the graduate program in creative writing at Rutgers University in Newark. Professor Jones is the author of four novels including her latest book An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, 2018).

Professor Jones is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.

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