Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Given New Teaching Assignments

Lawanda Greene was named founding director of the bachelor’s degree in nursing program at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She has been serving as an associate professor at Middle Georgia State University.

Dr. Greene holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She earned a master of public health degree from Georgia Southern University and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Augusta University.

Aaron Kamugisha was appointed Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He had taught at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus for over a decade. Dr. Kamugisha is the author of Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019).

Dr. Kamugisha holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the West Indies. He received his Ph.D. in social and political thought from York University in Toronto.

Cirecie West-Olatunji has been named the new director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University in New Orleans. Dr. West-Olatunji is the Melba Fortuné Martinez Endowed Professor in the counselor education program and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research at Xavier.

Dr. West-Olatunji earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans.


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