Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

J. Camille Hall, a professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, was given the added duties of the new position of associate dean for equity and inclusion. Dr. Hall joined the faculty at the university in 2004 and serves as a clinical social work officer in the United States Army Reserve.

Dr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of social work degree from New Mexico State University. She earned a Ph.D. at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Terrell Strayhorn has been named tenured professor of education in the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond. He is a former vice president for academic and student affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. Earlier, he served on the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Ohio State University.

Dr. Strayhorn earned bachelor’s degrees in music and religious studies and a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Virginia Tech.

Shawn Ricks has been named chair of the department of leadership and educational studies in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Ricks comes to Appalachian State from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she served as assistant vice president of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She has also served as an associate professor of counseling and human services at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and as chair and associate professor of human service studies at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Ricks holds a bachelor’s degree in African and African American studies and a master’s degree in counselor education from Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and cultural foundations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dwayne Mack, who holds the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American History at Berea College in Kentucky, has been given the additional duties as vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the college. Dr. Mack joined the faculty at Berea College in 2003.

Professor Mack is a graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he majored in American history. He earned a master’s degree in American history from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in American history at Washington State University.

Gerald Cannon, a veteran jazz bassist, will serve as a visiting associate professor of jazz bass at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. He has been teaching at The Julliard School in New York City.

Cannon spent four years at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, where he studied jazz bass, classical bass, and piano. He also studied art at Marquette University in Milwaukee.


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