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Three Black Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has promoted three African American faculty to the rank of full professor. The promotions take effect on July 1, 2020.

Tyson King-Meadows is currently an American Council on Education Fellow at Case Western Reserve University and will become a full professor in the department of political science. Dr. King-Meadows is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and earned his doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He formerly served as chair of the Africana studies department and was associate dean in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Kimberly Moffitt will become a full professor in the doctoral program in Language, Literacy, and Culture which she currently chairs. Dr. Moffitt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master’s degree in communication from Boston University, and a doctorate in mass communication and media studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is also past president of the university’s Faculty Senate. Professor Moffet has been co-editor of four books including Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation in Scandal (Syracuse University Press, 2019).

Shawn M. Bediako was appointed full professor in the department of psychology. He will be the first African American to achieve that rank in the department’s history. Dr. Bediako completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Arkansas and earned a master’s degree in community psychology from Florida A&M University. He earned a second master’s degree and a doctorate in social/health psychology from Stony Brook University in New York. He is a former associate chair of the psychology department.

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