Appointments

W.B. Allen to Serve as Conservative Thought and Policy Scholar at the University of Colorado

W.B. Allen to Serve as Conservative Thought and Policy Scholar at the University of Colorado

Dr. Allen is professor emeritus of political philosophy at Michigan State University and dean emeritus of Michigan State’s James Madison College. Earlier, he served for many years on the faculty at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith teaches in the English department at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York System. The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, given out by Claremont Graduate University in California, is the largest in the world for a single volume of poetry.

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Traevena Byrd at American University in Washington, D.C., Darrylinn Todd at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Meshea Poore at West Virginia University, and Sheila Johnson-Willis at Syracuse University in New York.

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris, University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama, received the Clarence C. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the journalism department at the university for her body of work on women and Black southern writers.

Two Black Male Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Two Black Male Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Squire J. Booker was named to the Eberly Distinguished Chair in Science at Pennsylvania State University and Damascus Kafumbe was promoted to associate professor of music at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Ernest E. Jeffries, associate dean of students at Davidson College, Robert Smith, a graduate of Tougaloo College who was a major figure in the civil rights movement, and Roscoe Mitchell of Mills College.

Berkeley's First Tenured Black Scholar Has a Building Named in His Honor

Berkeley’s First Tenured Black Scholar Has a Building Named in His Honor

Dr. David Blackwell, an accomplished statistician, joined the mathematics department at Berkeley in 1954 and stayed on the faculty there until retiring in 1988. In 1965, he was the first African American to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

New Faculty Roles for Three African American Scholars

New Faculty Roles for Three African American Scholars

Taking on new faculty roles are Christal N. Brown at Middlebury College in Vermont, Brenda Lee at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and Neil Roberts at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Syracuse University's Marcelle Haddix Wins Outstanding Book Award From AACTE

Syracuse University’s Marcelle Haddix Wins Outstanding Book Award From AACTE

Dr. Haddix is being honored for her book Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me. Dr. Haddix will be honored at the association’s 70th annual meeting in Baltimore.

Two African American Women in New Administrative Posts at Universities

Two African American Women in New Administrative Posts at Universities

Sabrina Johnson was appointed vice president for equity and access and chief diversity officer at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and Teresa A. Miller was named senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the State University of New York System.

Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new duties are Danielle Taana Smith at Syracuse University in New York, Stephanie Lusk in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, and Lerone A. Martin in the Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Velvet Brown Named Distinguished Professor at Pennsylvania State University

Velvet Brown Named Distinguished Professor at Pennsylvania State University

Professor Brown joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in 2003 as a professor of tuba and euphonium. Earlier in her career, she served on the faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Honored for Work to Promote Diversity in Nursing

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Honored for Work to Promote Diversity in Nursing

Phyllis Sharps, professor and associate dean for community programs and initiatives at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was named as the recipient of the Diversity in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Appointed to new posts are Edrel Stoneham at Victoria College in Texas, Aisha Haynes at the University of South Carolina, Patricia Pierce Ramsey of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Alonda Thomas at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Allyson Livingstone at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching positions are Samantha Sheppard at Cornell University in New York. Sean Jones at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Marques Bradshaw at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and Charles Burnett at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Two Black Scholars Honored by State Universities

Two Black Scholars Honored by State Universities

Pamela Scott-Bracey of Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association. Tennessee State University has announced that its multimedia newsroom will be named in honor of the late Getahn Ward, a long-time adjunct professor of journalism.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Teresa Williams at Washington University in St. Louis, Antonio M. Boyle at Delaware State University, Maurice Gibson at Arkansas State University, Christopher M. Whitt at Creighton University in Omaha, and Todd S. Bryson at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

The New Dean of the College of Education at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

The New Dean of the College of Education at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

Quincy A. Rose has been serving as department chair and associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Reginald Rogers Named Educator of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers

Reginald Rogers Named Educator of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers

The Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers is given annually to a collegiate faculty member who demonstrates commitment to advancing education in engineering, science or mathematics.

New Administrative Appointments for Four African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Darrice Griffin at the University of Georgia, Charles L. Greene II at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Antonio Marvin Boyle at Delaware State University, and Mark Caartwright at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Delaware State University Names a New Dean of Graduate, Adult, and Continuing Studies

Delaware State University Names a New Dean of Graduate, Adult, and Continuing Studies

Since 2016 Patrice Gilliam-Johnson has been serving as Secretary of Labor for the state of Delaware. Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Dr. Gilliam-Johnson served on the faculty of the psychology department at Wilmington University in Delaware.

Two African American Women Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Two African American Women Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Bertie Greer, an associate professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, was named associate dean for strategy and planning at the university. Stephanie Hendrith was named to the Ashland Inc. Endowed Professorship in Education at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Kwame Dawes Names a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Kwame Dawes Names a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Kwame Dawes is Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will serve as a judge for the Academy’s largest prizes for poets and act as an ambassador of poetry in the world at large.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts at Southern Colleges and Universities

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts at Southern Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Glenda S. Lattimore at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Leandra Hayes-Burgess at Benedict College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Jermaine Whirl at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina.

Frank Anderson to Lead the Center for Racial Reconciliation at Union University in Tennessee

Frank Anderson to Lead the Center for Racial Reconciliation at Union University in Tennessee

In this role, Dr. Anderson will plan and host events related to a Christ-centered understanding of racial reconciliation and will work with university schools, departments, offices, and centers to promote racial reconciliation.

African American Scholar Wins National Book Award in Fiction

African American Scholar Wins National Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University. This is the second time she was won the National Book Award in fiction. In 2017, she was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow.

Two Black Scholars Taking on New University Faculty Roles

Two Black Scholars Taking on New University Faculty Roles

Dwight N. Hopkins was named the Alexander Campbell Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Van B. Sapp was appointed dean of the School of Business, Management & Technology at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas an associate professor at Georgia Southern University, Stacy Hawkins, an associate professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, and Deborah Deas, the dean of the School of Medicine of the University of California, Riverside.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Three African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Constance Mallette was appointed vice chancellor for finance and administration at Winston-Salem State University. Rotimi Ariyo is the new director of student activities at Beacon College in Florida, and Harold Tate was appointed vice president for facilities and construction at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The New Leader of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UAB

The New Leader of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UAB

Angela K. Lewis, professor of political science at the University of Alabama Birmingham, has been selected to serve as chair of the department of political science and public administration at the university.

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Darrice Griffin at the University of Georgia, Timothy J. Dunn at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Quentin R. Tyler at Michigan State University, and Sherryta Freeman at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Two African American Scholars Poised to Take on New Roles

Two African American Scholars Poised to Take on New Roles

Pamela Jackson, an associate professor and dean of the College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina was appointed interim provost. And Bryan Bryson will join the faculty at MIT as an assistant professor of biological engineering.

University of Cincinnati Names a Building After an Alumna and Civil Rights Pioneer

University of Cincinnati Names a Building After an Alumna and Civil Rights Pioneer

Civil rights leader Marian Spencer is being recognized by having a dormitory on the campus of the University of Cincinnati named in her honor. Ironically, when she was a student at the university in the 1940s, she was prohibited from campus housing due to her race.

Four African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Thomas Easley at Yale University, Tami B. Simmons at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Bryan Samuel at Kansas State University, and Ann Penn at North Carolina Central University.

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at Major Universities

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at Major Universities

Natasha Brown is the new associate director for the Office of Master’s Programs at the Perelmen School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and David M. Fryson was named senior adviser to the president for diversity and community outreach at West Virginia University.

Valerie Jarrett Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

Valerie Jarrett Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

For eight years, Valerie Jarrett was a senior adviser to the President during the Obama administration. In her new role, she will participate in academic seminars, conferences, and student-led initiatives. Jarrett will continue to focus on issues of gender equality, criminal justice reform, health care, and civic engagement.