African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles

Joseph Jordan, an associate professor in African/African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named vice provost for academic and community engagement at the university. Dr. Joseph came to the university in 2001 as director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Dr. Jordan is a graduate of Norfolk State University in Virginia, where he majored in psychology. He holds master’s degrees in preventive medicine and African American studies from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in African studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Dorothy E. Hines was promoted to associate professor of African and African-American Studies and associate professor of curriculum and teaching in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. She was also granted tenure.

Dr. Hines is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she majored in political science. She holds a master of public administration degree from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in educational policy from Michigan State University.

Karida Brown is the inaugural Diane Nash Descendants of the Emancipation Chair at the John Lewis Center for Social Justice at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Brown has been serving as an assistant professor in the departments of sociology and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree and a PhD. in sociology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

John Francis has been appointed associate dean for student affairs at the Yale School of Medicine, effective November 1, 2021. Since late 2014, Dr, Francis has served as an associate professor in the department of internal medicine and associate dean for student and multicultural affairs at the Athens Campus of the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Francis received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics and a medical doctorate from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California.

Deidra Hodges was appointed associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Florida International University in Miami Dr. Hodges is a former U.S. Navy officer and previously served on the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso. She specializes in photovoltaics and solar energy research.

Dr. Hodged holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York. She earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of South Florida.


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