Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Jacqueline Jones LaMon, a professor and an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been given the additional duties of vice president of diversity and inclusion at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Previous roles she has served in during her 13 years at the university are director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, and English department chair.

Professor LaMon is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Loa Angeles.

Gavin Washington, assistant professor of physical education at Kentucky State University, was recently appointed as president-elect of the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Washington joined the faculty at Kentucky State University in 2015.

A graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore Kentucky, Dr. Washington earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Eastern Kentucky University and an educational doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Brandy Faulkner, assistant professor in the department of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies at the university. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2012, Faulkner’s scholarship has focused on constitutional and administrative law, race and public policy, and critical organization theory.

Dr. Faulkner is a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia, where she majored in political science. She holds a master’s degree from the Univerity of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech.

Jacqueline Hill has been appointed head of the nursing department at Bowie State University in Maryland. She had served as interim dean, associate dean, chairperson for the undergraduate nursing program and a tenured faculty member at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Hill holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Southern University. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership, research, and counseling from Louisiana State University.

Lisa E. Farrington was appointed associate dean of the Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was a Distinguished Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Dr. Farrington earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Howard University in 1978. She holds a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree and a doctorate in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center.


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  1. Michael says:

    Congrats to Dr. Faulkner. Let’s be honest for a moment. Virginia Tech have been literally exploiting Dr. Faulkner for years and they finally “award” her an Assistant Professor position. Many would say that Dr. Faulkner is the only Black American women )or Black man) at Virginia Tech who will publicly address the insidious, institutional, and structural racism that’s rampant on Virginia Tech’s campus. As a result, most of the so-called Black faculty at Virginia Tech are treated like 2nd class citizens. For those who dissent, I challenge you to ask the 3.9 percent of Black American students about the racism they experience on/off campus.

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