A Trio of Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles

Marlon M. Bailey, a professor of African and African American studies and of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis, was granted tenure. Before coming to Washington University, Dr. Bailey taught at Arizona State University and Indiana University. He is the author of Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2013).

Professor Bailey is a graduate of Olivet College in Michigan, where he majored in theatre and speech education. He holds a master of fine arts degree in theatre performance from West Virginia University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Salome Brooks has been appointed clinical professor, chair, and program director of the department of physical therapy at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. She was the founding program director and professor of the doctor of physical therapy program at Gordon College in Massachusetts. Earlier, Dr. Brooks served as associate professor and assistant professor of physical therapy at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Dr. Brooks is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where she majored in physical therapy. She holds an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, a master’s degree in motor control and education from Columbia University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Arnetta Villela-Smith was named co-chair of the ethnic studies department at Skyline Community College in San Bruno, California. For the past six years, she had been teaching ethnic studies with an emphasis on Africana studies, queer and gender studies, and media studies at Fullerton College in Orange County, California.

Villela-Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies and a master’s degree in ethnic studies at San Francisco State University.


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