Five African American Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Barbara Krauthamer has been named senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She currently serves as dean of the Graduate School, and will continue to serve in this role in addition to her new appointment. Dr. Krauthamer is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Dr. Krauthamer holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey.

Jaqueline Leonard has been named co-editor of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. She is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Leonard is a graduate of St. Louis University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Denise Ross has been named chair of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as an associate professor of psychology at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Ross is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in secondary education. She holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in special education with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Sheila Walker has been named the Laura Vausbinder Hockett Endowed Professor at Scripps College. She is a full professor of psychology and current chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies. She has been a Scripps faculty member since 1993.

Dr. Walker is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. She holds a master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Nikole Roebuck has been named chair of the department of music and the first-ever woman director of bands at Grambling State University in Louisiana. She has taught at the university for 16 years while serving as an assistant band director.

Dr. Roebuck is a graduate of Grambling State University where she majored in music education. She holds a master of music degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Memphis.

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