New Roles for a Quartet of African American Faculty Members

Rebecca Davis has been named an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University in Boston. Before coming to Simmons in 2017 as a senior lecturer, she was an information services librarian at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in communication and information from the University of Tennessee.

Sharon M. Howell has been named to the Archbishop Harry Flynn Endowed Chair in Catholic Identity at St. Catherine University in St. Paul Minnesota. She will also serve as the director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice and director of the Myser Initiative at the university. She was assistant dean for students, university ombudsperson, and parent liaison at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Xavier University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas.

Adanna Jones has been named an assistant professor of dance at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was a postdoctoral fellow for faculty diversity in the dance department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in dance from the University of California, Riverside.

Tracy Flemming has been named associate executive editor of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. He is an associate professor of area and global studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Dr. Flemming holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


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  1. Dr. Dapo Sobomehin says:

    43 millions of African American -knowing there are numbers of heroes and heroins among us. The number of college graduates tell me we’re not working hard enough. From elementary schools all the way to high schools–the number of success is woeful. This I know for myself. I see it at my community how many students fail. It is shameful and disgraceful. Some are waiting for others to do for us what we need to do for ourselves. We must help our youth in school. Schools and the community is where I see much problem. Disconnected between dads/moms and schools is bad–shameful. I see it. I work at it. Where we go from here–for sure not waiting for what ‘they’ you know who they are expecting from them. Enough is enough–1619 for sure. Join hands and let go.

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