Five African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Clay S. Gloster Jr., a professor in the department of computer systems and technology at North Carolina A&T State University, was given the added duties as vice provost of graduate research and dean of the Graduate College at the university.

Dr. Gloster holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. He earned a master of divinity degree from Howard University and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from North Carolina State University.

Terry-Ann Jones was appointed professor of political science and director of Africana studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jones comes to Lehigh from Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she served as associate professor of sociology and anthropology and was director of the international studies program. She is the author of several books including Sugarcane Labor Migration in Brazil (Palgrave Pivot, 2020).

Dr. Jones is a graduate of York University in Toronto, where she majored in political science and Latin American and Caribbean studies. She earned a the University of Miami in Florida.

Sean Edmund Rogers was appointed to the newly created post of executive director of inclusive excellence for the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Rodgers is the Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations and an associate professor of management at the university.

Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in law from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois, and bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Kevin Holcomb, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, was given the added duties of associate dean for admissions. He joined the faculty in 2006.

Dr. Holcomb earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine.

John Wallace, who holds the David E. Epperson Endowed Chair at the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, has been appointed vice provost for faculty diversity and development.

Dr. Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.


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  1. Deborah Sheely says:

    Congratulations to Sean Rogers and the others mentioned in this article. We feel fortunate to have Sean at URI.

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