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New Assignments for Six Black Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

Willie Davis was appointed associate dean of student services at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in Loma Linda, California. He was previously assistant dean for academic success at the School of Pharmacy. He has been a faculty member in the department of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences since 2004.

Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Double bassist Patricia Weitzel has been appointed assistant teaching professor in the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. She was previously a lecturer of double bass at Columbus State University in Georgia and has served on the faculties of Augustana College, Central College, Grinnell College, St. Ambrose University, and Drake University.

Dr. Weitzel holds a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned s doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa.

Melayne Price, Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has been given the added duties of special assistant to the president. Before joining the faculty at the university in 2019, she was an associate professor of Africana studies and political science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Price is the author of The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (New York University Press, 2016).

Dr. Price is a magna cum laude graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where she majored in geography. Professor Price earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at Ohio State University.

Lori D. Watson is a new assistant professor of mathematics at Trinty College in Hartford, Connecticut. She was a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of mathematics and statistics at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her research focuses on determining solutions to polynomial equations and on understanding families of algebraic curves.

Dr. Watson is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she studied mathematics and computer science. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Georgia.

Travis Hodges is a new assistant professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He conducts research on sex differences in stress, as well as how stress affects cognitive bias in rats — and, potentially, humans.

Dr. Hodges is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology at the University of British Columbia.

Kristen Warner is a new associate professor of performing and media art in the College of Arts & Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was on the faculty at the University of Alabama from 2010 to 2022.

Dr. Warner is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She holds a master’s degree in media arts from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in radio, television, and film from the University of Texas.


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