Three African American Men in New Faculty Roles

Chezare A. Warren is a new associate professor of educational equity and inclusion in educational policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Dr. Warren comes to Vanderbilt from the College of Education at Michigan State University, where he was an associate professor of urban teacher education. He is the author of Centering Possibility in Black Education (Teachers College Press, 2021) and Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago’s South Side to Success in Higher Education (Harvard Education Press, 2017).

Dr. Warren is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he majored in elementary education. He holds a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University in Chicago and a Ph.D. in policy studies in urban education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marion Hambrick, an associate professor in the department of health and sport sciences and the associate dean for investment and strategy in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, has been appointed executive director of the Grawemeyer Awards and Scholars program at the university.

Dr. Hambrick earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and organizational development with an emphasis in sport administration from the University of Louisville.

S. Craig Watkins, the Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor in communication at the University of Texas at Austin, has been given the added duties of director of the IC2 Institute at the university. The IC2 Institute focuses on understanding the ecosystems of regional economies — and the commerce, government policies, and educational systems that drive them — particularly those communities outside Texas’ major metropolitan areas. His research focuses on teen media behavior, particularly within Black and Latino communities, as well as the design of equitable and nonharmful artificial intelligence technologies. He has taught at the university since 1995.

Professor Watkins is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he majored in sociology. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

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