Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Sheria D. Rowe, an assistant professor of business administration and chair of the computer information system program at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been given the added responsibilities of assistant dean of the School of Business, Management and Technology.

Dr. Rowe is a graduate of St. Augustine’s University, where she majored in accounting. She holds a master’s degree in information science from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in business administration from Argosy University.

Alvin Thomas is a new assistant professor in the department of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was an assistant professor and co-director for the Center for Excellence in Diversity at Palo Alto University in California.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in psychology. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, has taken on new duties as associate dean for faculty development in the Arts & Sciences. Dr. Wingfield began her academic career as an assistant professor of sociology at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In 2006, she joined the faculty at Georgia State University. Dr. Wingfield was promoted to associate professor in 2012. She was appointed professor of sociology at Washington University in 2015.

Dr. Wingfield is the author of No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work (Temple University Press, 2013). Professor Wingfield is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Nicole Mitchell now holds the William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty in July, she was a professor of music at the University of California, Irvine. There, Professor Mitchell was also vice chair of the University’s Council on Climate, Culture, and Inclusion.

Mitchell is best known for her work as a flutist. She is the founder of the Black Earth Ensemble, a multi-generational and gender-balanced group that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. Professor Mitchell earned a master’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University.


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