A Trio of Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Dedric Carter, a professor of practice in the McKelvey School of Engineering and at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, was named the inaugural vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer at the university. He had been serving as vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer. Prior to joining Washington University, Dr. Carter served as assistant dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Carter holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and an MBA from MIT. He earned a Ph.D. in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.

Kalenda Eaton, an associate professor of African American studies at the University of Oklahoma has been named director of Oklahoma research for the Black Homesteader Project of the National Park Service. Dr. Eaton will lead a team of researchers, students, and members of an advisory board focused solely on Oklahoma. She will guide data collection, archival and interpretive research, publications, digital scholarship, and community affairs.

Dr. Eaton is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. She holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Bayo Akinfemi is joining the full-time faculty in the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, with a joint appointment in the School of Cinematic Arts. He has been serving as an adjunct faculty member at the university. Akinfemi has appeared in many films and television shows.

Born and raised in Ilesa, Nigeria, Akinfemi obtained a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from the University of Ilorin before moving to Toronto, where he studied film and television production and worked for several years as an actor and a director before moving to California. He holds a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from the University of Southern California.

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