Appointments

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for Three African American Men

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for Three African American Men

Taking on new administrative roles are Sean Huddleston at the University of Indianapolis, Allen Stanley at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Ronnie Hopkins at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Hortense Spillers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Bettye M. Clark at Clark Atlanta University, Fenice Boyd of the University at Buffalo, and Derek B. Bardell of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Four Black Faculty Members Named to New Posts

Four Black Faculty Members Named to New Posts

Taking on new assignments are Nikki M. Taylor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Maurice Edington at Florida A&M University, Joseph Watson Jr. at the University of Georgia, and Kevin Blackistone at the University of Maryland.

Cornell University Scholar Honored for His Young Adult Literature

Cornell University Scholar Honored for His Young Adult Literature

Lanre Akinsiku, a lecturer in English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, was honored by having two of this books selected for inclusion on the best books of the year for children and young adults by the New York Public Library.

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Indiana University has announced the appointment of nine scholars to the rank of Distinguished Professor. This is the highest academic rank at the university. One of the nine scholars named a Distinguished Professor is an African American.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new faculty roles are Raina Merchant at the University of Pennsylvania, Norman Anderson at Florida State University, Kristie Williams at Ursuline College in Ohio, and Keisha R. Callins at Mercer University in Georgia.

Vievee Francis to Receive the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Vievee Francis to Receive the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

The award, presented by Claremont Graduate University in California, honors a mid-career poet with a prize of $100,000. Professor Francis, who joined the Dartmouth College faculty last fall, will be honored in April.

Two African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at North Carolina Universities

Two African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at North Carolina Universities

John Michael Lee Jr. was named vice chancellor for university advancement at Elizabeth City State University and Sonye Randolph was named equal opportunity and Title IX investigator at Appalachian State University.

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are Charles J. Gibb at Miles College, Krystal Toups at Rice University, Sedgwick Harris at Northampton Community College, Kimberly Hewitt at Johns Hopkins University, Erika K. Davis at Neumann University, and Edward Summers at Long Island University.

Ohio University Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Teacher Education

Ohio University Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Teacher Education

Renee A. Middleton, professor and dean of the College of Education at Ohio University in Athens, was honored for her outstanding contributions to teacher education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Jackson’s appointment includes duties in the departments of English and history as well as the Center for Africana Studies. He plans on establishing a new institute to preserve and showcase the arts, history, and culture of the city of Baltimore.

Two African American Giants of Higher Education to Have Highways Named in Their Honor

Two African American Giants of Higher Education to Have Highways Named in Their Honor

The department of transportation in North Carolina plans to have stretches of interstate highways in the state named for Julius L. Chambers, who was chancellor of North Carolina Central University, and John Hope Franklin, the noted historian who was a long-time professor at Duke University.

Two Purdue University Political Scientists to Edit a Major Journal

Two Purdue University Political Scientists to Edit a Major Journal

Nadie E. Brown and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, both associate professors of political science at Purdue, will share duties as lead editor for the journal Politics, Groups and Identities, a publication of the Western Political Science Association.

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

Taking on new duties are Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a professor and president at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Brenda Marie Osbey at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, and William Hart at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alabama State University Scholar Wins Best Book of the Year Award

Alabama State University Scholar Wins Best Book of the Year Award

Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery was named as the recipient of the Seven Sister Book Award for the best book of the year.

New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

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.

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, has been selected to receive the Randolph Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Book Award from the American Library Association.

Colorado College Scholar Wins Major Playwriting Award

Colorado College Scholar Wins Major Playwriting Award

Idris Goodwin, an assistant professor of theatre at Colorado College, has won the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award from the American Blues Theater in Chicago. The award was created in 2010 to help the careers of budding playwrights.

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Harry J. Elam, a professor of humanities at Stanford, was named vice president for the arts at the university and Nefertiti Walker, an assistant professor of sports management will serve as director of diversity and inclusion for the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Wanda Spurlock of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Carmen Robinson of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Alex Acholonu of Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Joy Buolamwini of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eight African American Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eight African American Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

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.

The New Dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University

The New Dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University

Henry Clinton Talley was appointed dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He is the first man to hold the position. Dr. Talley previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Crystal Wilkinson Wins the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Crystal Wilkinson Wins the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Crystal Wilkinson, the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College in Kentucky, has won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding work by an African American fiction writer.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Thew new appointees are Nathan Stephens at the University of Illinois, Jolene Lane at the University of Akron, Denise Stephens at Washington University, Nathan Cochran at Philander Smith College, Alex Granderson at Mississippi Valley State, Shai L. Butler at the College of St. Rose, and Johnnie Westbrook at Kentucky State.

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

The university has hired Shaun R. Harper to lead the new initiative and to serve as the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in Urban Leadership. Currently, Professor Harper is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity at the University of Pennsylvania.

Selwyn Rogers Named the Founding Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center

Selwyn Rogers Named the Founding Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center

Dr. Rogers, who has been serving as vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch since 2014, will also serve as executive vice president for community health engagement at the University of Chicago.

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Wale Adebanwi, an associate professor of African American and African studies at the University of California, Davis, will be leaving his post at the end of the academic year to assume the Rhodes Professorship in Race Relations in the School of African and Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford University.

A Quartet of African American Scholars in New Faculty Posts

A Quartet of African American Scholars in New Faculty Posts

The African Americans in new faculty positions are Rashida K. Braggs at Williams College in Massachusetts, Prentiss A. Dantzler at Colorado College, Beronda Montgomery at Michigan State University, and Norman Anderson at Florida State University.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are Edrel Stoneham at Victoria College in Texas, Kevin L. Williams at the University of the Virgin Islands, Jeanette Barker at North Carolina Central University in Durham, and Kimberly Morris at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Donovan Hicks, Wofford College Graduate, Named a Mitchell Scholar

Donovan Hicks, Wofford College Graduate, Named a Mitchell Scholar

Hicks graduated from Wofford College with a double major in government and finance and was a Gates Millennium Scholar. As a junior he was selected as a Truman Scholar. He also served as vice president of the student body at Wofford College.

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper's "Person of the Year"

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper’s “Person of the Year”

Jason Q. Purnell, an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, was named person of the year by the St. Louis American, which has the largest circulation of any weekly newspaper in Missouri.

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Earl Brown was promoted to chief operating officer of the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Berkeley College and Laura H. Jack will be the new vice president for communications at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Jazz Musician Named to an Endowed Chair at Arizona State University

Jazz Musician Named to an Endowed Chair at Arizona State University

Lewis Nash is an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer. Professor Nash has performed on 10 Grammy-winning performances and has a resume that includes more than 400 recordings.

Swarthmore College President Honored by Hong Kong Baptist University

Swarthmore College President Honored by Hong Kong Baptist University

Valerie Smith, president of the highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, was the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Smith was honored for her work on diversity, inclusion, and curricular innovation during her first year as president of the Swarthmore.

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 assignments are Steven L. Thomas at Harford Community College in Maryland, Barbara Cohen-Pippin at Florida A&M University, Kim D. Kirkland at Oregon State University, and Leah Cox at Towson University in Maryland.

Toni Morrison Selected to Receive the 2016 Emerson-Thoreau Medal

Toni Morrison Selected to Receive the 2016 Emerson-Thoreau Medal

The award was established in 1958 by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to recognize lifetime achievement in literature. Professor Morrison will be honored at a ceremony in April in Cambridge, Massachusetts.