Appointments

Salamishah Tillet of Rutgers University-Newark Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Salamishah Tillet of Rutgers University-Newark Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Salamishah Tillet, the Henry Rutgers Professor of Creative Writing and African American and African Studies, is being honored for her commentaries in The New York Times on “Black stories in art and popular culture – work that successfully bridges academic and nonacademic critical discourse.”

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Five African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Taking on new administration positions are Dakota Doman at Texas Southern University in Houston, Reneé Watson at Central Michigan University, Chanelle Reese at the University of Iowa, Romy Riddick at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Vincent Champion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Vicki Crawford of Morehouse College Awarded France's Legion of Honor

Vicki Crawford of Morehouse College Awarded France’s Legion of Honor

Vicki Crawford, an associate professor of African American studies and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection at Morehouse College in Atlanta, was honored for her academic work as well as her efforts to spread the teachings and the philosophy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Four African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

Four African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

Taking on new duties as diversity officers are Belinda Waller-Peterson at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Tiffany G. Townsend at Purdue University Global, Kristin Dukes at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and Narketta Sparkman-Key at James Madson University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Two African American Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Faculty Posts

Two African American Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Faculty Posts

Byron D. Ford was appointed to the M. Wharton Young Endowed Chair in Anatomy at the Howard University College of Medicine and Allison Curseen has been appointed the Cooney Family Assistant Professor at Boston College.

Morgan State University in Baltimore Has Named Five Black Women to Administrative Posts

Morgan State University in Baltimore Has Named Five Black Women to Administrative Posts

The five Black women to administrative positions at Morgan State University in Baltimore are Chevonie Oyegoke, OluwaTosin Adegbola, Laura Dorsey-Elson, Erin Oliver-James, and Sonya Clyburn.

Spelman College Awards Outgoing President by Naming a New Building in Her Honor

Spelman College Awards Outgoing President by Naming a New Building in Her Honor

Spelman College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in Atlanta, announced that it will name the new 84,000-square-foot Center for Innovation & the Arts in honor of Mary Schmidt Campbell, the tenth president of the college, who is stepping down from her post.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative duties are Tierney Bates at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, Kawanna Leggett at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Michael Smith at Florida A&M University, and Eric Holmes at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Rosephanye Powell Wins the Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award From Harvard University

Rosephanye Powell Wins the Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award From Harvard University

Professor Powell teaches applied voice, art song literature and vocal pedagogy at Auburn University in Alabama. She also serves as the Women’s Chorus conductor and the Auburn University Gospel Choir’s co-conductor.

Four Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Four Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new faculty duties are Anita Plummer at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Fiemu Nwariaku at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Maxine Montgomery at Florida State University, and Michael Hill at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Two African Americans Among the Eight Winners of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Two African Americans Among the Eight Winners of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the awards are conferred annually to eight authors writing in English anywhere in the world. Two of this year’s winners are African American women with ties to the academic world.

New Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Germaine Gross at Grinnell College in Iowa, James M. DuBose, Jr. at Elizabeth City State University, Andre Perry at the University of Iowa, Aisha Jackson at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Deacue Fields at the University of Arkansas, and Warren Perry at Howard University.

Six Universities Announce the Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts

Six Universities Announce the Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative posts are Kenitra Horsley at Queens University of Charlotte, Dwayne Murray at Syracuse University in New York, Sharron T. Burnett at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, J. William Nicholas at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Tamara Michel Josserand at the University of Washington, and Catherine Edmonds at North Carolina Central University.

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Honors Emery N. Brown

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Honors Emery N. Brown

Emery N. Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Health Sciences and Technology in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and the Warren M. Zapol Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity Posts at Universities

Three African Americans Appointed to Diversity Posts at Universities

Crasha Townsend has been promoted to assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Virginia Tech. Sean Edmund Rogers was appointed interim vice president of community, equity, and diversity at the University of Rhode Island and Dionne Jackson is the inaugural vice president for institutional equity at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Long-Time Clemson University Executive Honored for Her Recent Doctoral Dissertation

Long-Time Clemson University Executive Honored for Her Recent Doctoral Dissertation

Altheia Richardson, assistant vice president for strategic diversity leadership at Clemson University in South Carolina, has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. The award recognizes a completed dissertation that has contributed substantially to the literature and the field of diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned to New Positions or Duties

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned to New Positions or Duties

Ralph Etienne-Cummings, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has been given the added duties as vice provost for faculty. Ruth Simmons, who is stepping down as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, will take a faculty post, and Major Jackson, a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, was named to an endowed chair.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are James Aaron L. Pierre, Jr. at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, Xeturah Woodley at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Arnold N. Gordon-Bray at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Sheila Washington at Auburn University in Alabama.

Four Scholars Honored for Their Book on Educating African American Children

Four Scholars Honored for Their Book on Educating African American Children

George Johnson of South Carolina State University, Gloria Boutte of the University of South Carolina, Joyce King of Georgia State University, and Lagarrett King of the University at Buffalo are being honored by the Society of Professors of Education.

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions

Salome Nnoromele was appointed interim vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ohio University. DeQuan Smith was named the inaugural assistant dean of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and Jacqueline M. Gatson was named assistant vice president of advancement for diversity, inclusion and belonging at the Purdue for Life Foundation.

E. Patrick Johnson Has Received the Frederick Douglass Medal From the University of Rochester

E. Patrick Johnson Has Received the Frederick Douglass Medal From the University of Rochester

The Frederick Douglass Medal is a joint initiative of the Office of the President and the Frederick Douglass Institute established in 2008 at the University of Rochester to honor individuals of outstanding achievement whose scholarship and community engagement honor the legacy of Frederick Douglass. Dr. Johnson teaches at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Three Black Legal Scholars Are Joining the Faculty at Boston College Law School

Three Black Legal Scholars Are Joining the Faculty at Boston College Law School

Thomas W. Mitchell and Lisa T. Alexander come to Boston College Law from Texas A&M University School of Law, where they co-founded and co-direct the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law. Jenna Cobb comes to Boston College Law from the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service.

Carnegie Mellon Univerity Professor Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Academic Engineering

Carnegie Mellon Univerity Professor Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Academic Engineering

Shawn Blanton, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, received the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Academia from the National Society of Black Engineers. He is the founder and director of the Advanced Chip Test Laboratory at the university.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Admnistrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Admnistrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are LaNiece R. Tyree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Sonel Y. Shropshire at Delaware State University, Amikaeyla Gaston at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, and Angela B. Abraham at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Wunyabari Maloba was appointed to an endowed professorship at the University of Delaware. Phillis Isabella Sheppard was named faculty director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University, and Ama Baafra Abeberese was promoted to associate professor of economics and granted tenure at Wellesley College.

Brown University's Glenn Loury Wins the $250,000 Bradley Prize

Brown University’s Glenn Loury Wins the $250,000 Bradley Prize

Glenn Loury is a professor of social sciences, economics, and international and public affairs at Brown University. The Bradley Prize is given to notable leaders whose accomplishments reflect the Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Universities

Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Darryl Gardner at Wayne State University in Detroit, Tameka Bradley Hobbs at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Louis Perkins at North Carolina Central University, Satasha Green-Stephen at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Shanna Parker at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Herman Horton at Jackson State University.

New Cornell University Fellowship Honors The First Black Student to Earn a Ph.D. in Botany

New Cornell University Fellowship Honors The First Black Student to Earn a Ph.D. in Botany

The Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship will support up to 10 graduate students from 1890 institutions, which are historically Black colleges and universities that are land-grant universities. They will spend the 2022-23 academic year on the Cornell University campus.

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Richard Baker was named senior vice dean of medical education for the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Imani N. S. Munyaka is a new assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and Ted Evans is the new director of entrepreneurship and an instructor in business at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and author of five poetry collections, was the winner in the fiction category of the National Book Critics Circle Awards. She was honored for her novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.

Six African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Those appointed to administrative posts are Lydia G. Sermons at Spelman College in Atlanta, Roderick Johnson at Virginia Union University, Katrina Poe at Mississippi State University, Austin Jamar Banks at the University of Colorado, Elizabeth Horton at South Carolina State University, and Latonia Garrett at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Jonathan A. McElderry was appointed dean of student inclusive excellence at Elon University in North Carolina. Trachette Jackson is the assistant vice president for research for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the University of Michigan and Risë Nelson was appointed director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Yale University Library.

Two African American Historians Win the $300,000 Dan David Prize

Two African American Historians Win the $300,000 Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize is the largest history prize in the world. It is awarded by the Dan David Foundation at Tel Aviv University in Israel to up to nine early and mid-career scholars and practitioners in the historical disciplines. The honor comes with a $300,000 prize. Kristina Richardson of Queens College-CUNY and Tyrone Freeman of IUPUI are among the winners.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

Taking on new duties are Myeshia Armstrong at California State University, East Bay, Tracy Clemons at Texas Southern University, Ana Hunt at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College, Lance Franklin at Washington University in St. Louis, Deborah Manning at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, and Charles Prince at Virginia Union University.

Four Black Scholars Who Are Assuming New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four Black Scholars Who Are Assuming New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties are Richard Wynn at the University of North Florida, Michelle Williams at the University of Connecticut, Lisa Jones at the University of California, San Diego, and Elena FitzPatrick Sifford at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The First Building on the Campus of the University of South Carolina Named for an African American

The First Building on the Campus of the University of South Carolina Named for an African American

During the Reconstruction period, Celia Dial Saxon was one of the first African American students to attend South Carolina College, later the University of South Carolina. She taught school in Columbia, South Carolina for 57 years.