Appointments

William Kisaalita Named a University Professor at the University of Georgia

William Kisaalita Named a University Professor at the University of Georgia

William Kisaalita, the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has been named a University Professor at the University of Georgia. He has served as chair of biological engineering and as associate director of the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Ann Brothers Smith Honored by the American Association of University Administrators

Ann Brothers Smith Honored by the American Association of University Administrators

Dr. Smith, a retired public school administrator, has served as a member of the West Virginia State University Board of Governors since 2011, serving as chair, vice chair, and chair of several board committees. She is the former associate superintendent for school leadership for the Detroit public school system.

A Pair of African American Women Appointed to Administrative Posts at HBCUs

A Pair of African American Women Appointed to Administrative Posts at HBCUs

Valora Richardson was named director of Hampton University Online and Sonya Audria Miller was appointed counsel at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman of African descent to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Three Black Women Named Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Three Black Women Named Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Three of the six winning authors this year are Black women. Each has some ties to higher education.

Michelle Samuel-Foo Elected President of the Southeastern Entomological Society of America

Michelle Samuel-Foo Elected President of the Southeastern Entomological Society of America

Dr. Samuel-Foo joined the faculty at Alabama State University in 2018. Earlier, she taught for 10 years at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. There, she conducted research on specialty crop pest management.

The Next Director of Athletics at Morehouse College in Atlanta

The Next Director of Athletics at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Curtis Campbell has served as an athletics director at four colleges and universities: Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois; Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Tuskegee University in Alabama; and most recently at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. He will begin his new duties at Morehouse College on July 1.

Three African American Scholars in New Academic Roles at Colleges and Universities

Three African American Scholars in New Academic Roles at Colleges and Universities

Jeff Scott was appointed associate professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Constance Meadors was appointed associate professor of engineering at the Univesity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Nisha Botchwey, an associate professor, was appointed associate dean of academic programs in professional education at Georgia Tech.

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Appointed to positions as deans are Karen E. Bravo at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, Yohuru Williams at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Kojo Mensa-Wilmot at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and SherRhonda Gibbs at the University of Northern Colorado.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Taking on administrative roles are Julian Williams at the University of South Carolina. Michelle Meggs at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte and Reginald Blaylock at California Polytechnic State University-Pomona.

University of Pennsylvania — Research Assistant Professor Position, Cardiovascular Medicine Division

University of Pennsylvania — Research Assistant Professor Position, Cardiovascular Medicine Division

Expertise is required in the specific area of large animal research involving novel devices and electrophysiological procedures.

Cornell University's Derrick Spires Wins the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize

Cornell University’s Derrick Spires Wins the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize

The award, given by the Bibliographical Society of America, honors research in the bibliography of American literature and history. Dr. Spires is an associate professor of English at Cornell University. He joined the faculty last fall after teaching at the University of Illinois.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Bunmi O. Olatunji was appointed to the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Social and Natural Sciences and Duane G. Watson was appointed to the Frank W. Mayborn Chair at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

A Trio of African American Men Receive Notable Honors and Awards

A Trio of African American Men Receive Notable Honors and Awards

The honorees are J. Marshall Shepherd, the director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, H. Carl McCall, former chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, and Linwood Whitten, director of diversity and international affairs at Alabama State University.

New Administrative Positions for Four African Americans at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Positions for Four African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative duties are Maisha Williams at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Alex Gary at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Sara Onori at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Haley Gingles at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Three African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Cherisse Jones-Branch has been named dean of the Graduate School at Arkansas State University. Justin Rose was appointed dean of faculty recruitment, retention, and diversity at Rhodes College in Memphis and Jason Geary will be the new dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Jane Andayi Opiri has joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Donald Mitchell Jr., a professor of higher education, was named chief diversity officer at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Latesha Warren was promoted at Georgia Gwinnett College and Professor Anne Mungai was named associate provost at Adelphi University in New York.

Texas Woman's University Scholar to Be Honored by the Public Leadership Education Network

Texas Woman’s University Scholar to Be Honored by the Public Leadership Education Network

Mary Saunders, a retired major general of the U.S. Air Force and the founding executive director of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University, has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Public Leadership Education Network.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles are Sibby Anderson-Thompkins at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michael E. Ayewoh at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Martin at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Dwayne Chambers at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Donna Stewartson at Simmons University in Boston.

Two Black Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Two Black Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Sekile M. Nzinga has been gi en the added duties of interim chief diversity officer and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and Karleah Harris has been appointed assistant professor in the department of human sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Four African American Scholars Receive Notable Honors or Awards

Four African American Scholars Receive Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Paul Adams of the University of Arkansas, Constance Smith Hendricks of Tuskegee University in Alabama, Sakeena Everett of the University of Georgia, and the late Judge Damon Keith, a distinguished alumnus of Howard University School of Law.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Appointed to new posts are Myron L. Pope at the University of Alabama, Olabisi Ladeji Okubadejo at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Lisa McClinton at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Keith McGee at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Bryant Nall at Fisk University in Nashville.

University of Chicago Scholar Receives Book Award From the College Art Association

University of Chicago Scholar Receives Book Award From the College Art Association

Darby English, the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, was selected to receive the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association.

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

The Black women scholars who have been assigned new responsibilities are Teresa Y. Smith at the SUNYb Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, Toni Sims-Muhammad at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, and Stephanie White at the University of Kentucky.

Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

The honorees are Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh of the University of South Dakota, Cle Cousins of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Maria Ramirez at New York University, Ryan J. Davis at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Jamina Scippio-McFadden at the University of Massachusetts, Mary-Ann Ibeziako at Virginia Tech, and Shantay Bolton at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new roles are Jacqueline Jones LaMon at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, Gavin Washington of Kentucky State University, Brandy Faulkner at Virginia Tech, Jacqueline Hill at Bowie State University in Maryland, and Lisa E. Farrington at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Suzanne L. Weekes Received Teaching Award From the Mathematical Association of America

Suzanne L. Weekes Received Teaching Award From the Mathematical Association of America

Suzanne L. Weekes, a professor in the mathematical sciences department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, has received the prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Eight African Americans to Administrative Posts

Colleges and Universities Appoint Eight African Americans to Administrative Posts

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The Black faculty members in new roles are Brenda S. Faison at North Carolina Central University, Jacquelyn Meshelemiah at Ohio State University, Colin Martin at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tera Jordan at iowa State University, and Yvette Butler at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Duke University School of Medicine Honors the Late Brenda Armstrong

Duke University School of Medicine Honors the Late Brenda Armstrong

Duke University commissioned a portrait of Dr. Brenda Armstrong, who was the second Black woman in the United States to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist. She served as a professor of pediatrics, associate dean for admissions, and senior associate dean for student diversity, recruitment, and retention at the university’s medical school.

Nine Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Nine Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Three African American Scholars to Assume Department Chairs at College and Universities

Three African American Scholars to Assume Department Chairs at College and Universities

Tonya Butler was appointed chair of music business and management at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Samuel Johnson was named interim chair of the department of radiology at Wayne State University in Detroit and Tracy Dunbar will head the agriculture department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Carrie Mae Weems Appointed Artist-in-Residence at Syracuse University

Carrie Mae Weems Appointed Artist-in-Residence at Syracuse University

Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer and video artist whose works have been exhibited at some of the premier art museums in the United States. A former MacArthur Fellow, she was the first African American woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The association was founded 143 years ago. Traci Hall will be the first Black woman to lead the association.