Three African American Men Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Thomas W. Mitchell has joined the faculty at the Boston College Law School. He was co-director of the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. Mitchell’s areas of expertise include property and land use law, estate planning, minority property ownership, legal reform, and race and inequality.

Mitchell received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He earned a juris doctorate from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he later served on the faculty from 2000 through 2017.

Jarvis Givens has been promoted to associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Dr. Givens’ work focuses on 19th- and 20th-century African American history, the history of education, and theories of race and power in education. He joined the faculty at the Graduate School of Education in 2018. He is the author of  Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching (Harvard University Press, 2021).

Professor Givens earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in African American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Walter T. Tillman was appointed vice president and chief of staff to the president of Hampton University in Virginia. He will also serve as an associate professor of education in the School of Liberal Arts and Education. Most recently, he was the inaugural dean of graduate studies at Edward Waters University. Earlier, Dr. Tillman was special assistant to the chancellor of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Tillman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dillard University in New Orleans. He earned a master’s degree in education administration from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in education leadership, research, and counseling from Louisiana State University.


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