Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

Audrey Bennett has been elected as the vice president of diversity and inclusion for the College Art Association. She is a professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Engendering Interaction with Images (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Professor Bennett is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she majored in studio art. She holds a master of fine arts degree in graphic design from Yale University.

Billy Childs has been named the inaugural Ken Pullig Visiting Scholar in Jazz Studies  at the Berklee College of Music. He is a composer and pianist who has won five Grammys, the most recent one in 2017 in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his album, Rebirth.

Childs holds a bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Southern California.

Stephanie Y. Evans has been named director of the institute for women’s gender, and sexuality studies at Georgia State University. She currently serves as the chair of the department of African American studies, African women’s studies, and history at Clark Atlanta University. She is the author of Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment (SUNY Press, 2014) and Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954 (University Press of Florida, 2007).

Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Afro-American studies with a concentration in history and politics and a graduate certificate in advanced feminists studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

William C. McCoy has been named interim director of the Pan African Studies program in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities at Clemson University in South Carolina. He has served as director of Clemson’s Rutland Institute for Ethics since March 2018 and he will continue to hold this position.

Dr. McCoy is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he majored in English. He holds a master’s degree in continuing and vocational education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in education administration from Edgewood University in Madison, Wisconsin.


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