A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Faculty Roles

Ernest Morrell, Coyle Professor in Literacy Education, professor of English, professor of Africana studies, and director of the  Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, has agreed to take on the additional duties of associate dean for the humanities and equity in the College of Arts and Letters, effective July 1, 2021. Earlier in his career, Dr. Morrell was the Macy Professor of English Education and director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College of Columbia University. His research is focused on the development of academic and critical literacy of adolescents of color in urban schools.

Professor Morrell is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mildred C. Joyner is the inaugural John E. & Barbara S. Jacob Distinguished Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Joyner served on the faculty at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, retiring in 2011. She has been serving as president of the National Association of Social Workers, which has 55 chapters throughout the United States and its territories.

Professor Joyner is a graduate of Central State University in Ohio. She earned a master of social work degree at Howard University and a doctor of public service degree from West Chester University.

Sydney Freeman Jr. was promoted to full professor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Idaho. He is the first Black male scholar who is a descendant of enslaved Americans to be promoted to full professor in the university’s history.

Dr. Freeman is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Auburn University in Alabama.

Chelsey Carter will join the faculty at the Yale School of Public Health in 2022. She is completing work on a master of public health degree and a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and will spend the coming academic year as a Presidential Fellow at Princeton University.

Carter is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in sociocultural anthropology from Washington University.


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