Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

Tressie McMillan Cottom, an associate professor in the department of sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, has been selected to receive the 2020 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, from the American Sociological Association. The award is given annually to someone who has made exemplary contributions to advance the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. Dr. McMillan Cottom will be honored at the association’s 2020 annual meeting on August 9, in San Francisco.

Dr. McMillan Cottom is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh, a professor in the School of Education at the University of South Dakota, was recently presented with the Outstanding Service Medallion from American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Dr. Avoseh received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in adult education all from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Cle Cousins, an instructor in mass communication at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, won the top prize for the best paper in the multicultural category from the Broadcast Education Association. Her paper is entitled, “A History of Stereotyping in the Black Sitcom.” She will present the paper at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas this spring.

Cousins is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Derek D. Bardell, a professor of business administration and teaching & learning at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, was inducted into the International Educator’s Hall of Fame by Youth on the Move, Incorporated.

Bardell received his undergraduate degree from Dillard University in New Orleans where he double majored in business management/urban studies and public policy. He earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts and a master’s degree in civic and cultural management both from Tulane University. Bardell is pursuing an educational doctorate at Vanderbilt University.


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