Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Amanda McLeroy, is an assistant professor of counseling and human development at the University of Rochester in New York. She was a postsecondary transition instructor in the Beyond Academics program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the overall mental health of college students.

Dr. McLeroy is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling from Columbus State University in Georgia and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counselor education from North Carolina A&T State University.

Jabari Asim, director of the College’s Writing, Literature and Publishing master of fine arts program and Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellow, has been named Distinguished Professor of Multidisciplinary Letters at Emerson College in Boston. Asim is the author of eight books for adults and 13 books for children.

A native of St. Louis, Asim studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Tara T. Green is the founding chair and CLASS distinguished professor in the department of African American studies at the University of Houston. Dr. Green, who joins the University of Houston after over a decade at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, focuses her research on Black feminist studies, Black parent-child relationships, and Black activism. She has authored or edited six books including the award-winning A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men (University of Missouri Press, 2009) and her latest work See Me Naked: Black Women Defining Pleasure During the Interwar Era (Rutgers University Press, 2022).

Dr. Green is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University.

Dawn Bragg has been appointed professor in the department of medical education and associate dean for student affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Since 2018, she has served as dean of medical student affairs at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Earlier, Dr. Bragg was associate dean for student inclusion and academic enrichment and an associate dean for student affairs/diversity at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A native of Jamaica, Bragg completed her undergraduate education at Florida A&M University and received a master’s degree in dairy science and a doctoral degree in educational evaluation from the University of Illinois.

Erik Carpenter is a new assistant professor of computer animation and game art in the College of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton. His research examines the gamification of training and other interactive experiences.

Carpenter is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute. He holds a master of fine arts degree in animation and visual effects from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.


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