Appointments

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Scholar to Direct World War I Tribute Band

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Scholar to Direct World War I Tribute Band

Dr. Isrea Butler will direct the ensemble which is a recreation of the 369th Regimental Band that was made up of 65 African American and Puerto Rican soldiers that performed in the United States and in Europe during the World War I period a century ago.

Bucknell University Honors its First African American Graduate

Bucknell University Honors its First African American Graduate

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, recently unveiled a bust of Edward McKnight Brawley, who in 1875 became the first African American to graduate from the university. He went on to serve as president of what is now Selma University in Alabama. Brawley also was president of Morris College in Alabama.

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

Notable Honors for Two African American Scholars

Davene M. White of Howard University received the inaugural Director’s Award from the Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health. Lester Spence, an associate professor of political science, received the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity from Johns Hopkins University.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Rachel L. Swarns will join the faculty at New York University. Jennifer Hamer, a professor at the University of Kansas, will serve as vice provost for diversity. Autumn Womack was hired to the faculty at Princeton and Ibram X. Kendi is joining the faculty at American University.

Two State Universities Appoint African Americans to Chief Diversity Officer Posts

Two State Universities Appoint African Americans to Chief Diversity Officer Posts

James L. Moore III was appointed interim vice provost for diversity and inclusion and interim chief diversity officer at Ohio State University and Emily Monago will be the inaugural chief diversity officer at the University of Wyoming.

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby, a professor of philosophy was named the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy. Professor Shelby joined the Harvard University faculty in 2000. Earlier, he taught at Ohio State University.

Verna Williams to Lead the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Verna Williams to Lead the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She is the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice at the law school.

Bennett College in North Carolina Names a Building in Honor of Johnnetta Cole

Bennett College in North Carolina Names a Building in Honor of Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta B. Cole, the former president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, was recognized by having a dormitory named in her honor on the college’s campus. The Johnnetta Betch Cole Honors Hall will be reserved for students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Six African Americans

The appointees are: Lisa M. Coleman at New York University, Constance Tucker at Oregon Health & Science University, Claude Poux at Dartmouth College, Charima Young at Penn State, Cliff Scott at the University of South Carolina, and Moses T. Alexander Greene at North Carolina State University.

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

Three African American Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

The appointees are Byron P. McCrae at Davidson College in North Carolina, Barbara Krauthamer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Vernon Hurte at Iowa State University.

Emory University Scholar Honored for Exhibition on Black Civil War Soldiers

Emory University Scholar Honored for Exhibition on Black Civil War Soldiers

Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta, received the 2017 Primary Source Award for Research from the Center for Research Libraries.

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Kevin L. Shropshire, and expert on the business of sports, has agreed to join the faculty at Arizona State University and Thomas Wilkins will be joining the faculty at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Orlando Patterson Honored With a Portrait at Harvard University

Orlando Patterson Honored With a Portrait at Harvard University

In 2002, Harvard University allocated money to the Portraiture Project after it was revealed that of the hundreds of official portraits hanging on the walls of campus buildings, almost none were women or members of minority groups. A new portrait of Orlando Patterson is the 17th commissioned in the series.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Levy Brown at Vance-Granville Community College, Shantell Hinton at Vanderbilt University, Frank Archer III at Fort Valley State University, Christopher Smith at Rice University, and Marcine Pickron-Davis at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Higher Education of the New Acting Surgeon General of the United States

The Higher Education of the New Acting Surgeon General of the United States

In late April, Sylvia Trent-Adams became the acting Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Trent-Adams is a 1987 graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in nursing. She went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing and health policy and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

They are: Reighan A. Gillam at the University of Southern California, Barbara D. Savage of the University of Pennsylvania, Todne Thomas at Harvard University, Sandra Crewe of Howard University, and Kyla Day Fletcher of Kalamazoo College.

Ohio State's James Moore III Honored by the American Educational Research Association

Ohio State’s James Moore III Honored by the American Educational Research Association

Dr. Moore has been selected to receive the Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award and the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship from AERA’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group.

New Administrative Posts for Five African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Posts for Five African Americans in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are Patricia Pratt-Cook at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, Jasmin Spain at Pitt Community College in North Carolina, Amber Williams at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Martin Jarmond at Boston College, and Keyonda M. Smith at the Maryland University of Integrated Health.

Princeton University Recognizes Two Black Scholars by Naming Facilities in Their Honor

Princeton University Recognizes Two Black Scholars by Naming Facilities in Their Honor

Princeton University in New Jersey has announced that West College, one of the oldest buildings on campus, will be renamed to honor professor emerita Toni Morrison. And an auditorium will be renamed to honor professor emeritus Sir Arthur Lewis. Both scholars are Nobel Prize winners.

Michigan State University Historian Wins Prestigious Book Award

Michigan State University Historian Wins Prestigious Book Award

LaShawn D. Harris, an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. The award is given annually to the author of the best book of the year on African American women’s and gender history.

Two African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts at State Universities

Two African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts at State Universities

Nicholas Love was named director of the Social Media Strategy Hub at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Stacy Danley is the new director of athletics at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

University of Notre Dame Scholar Named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

University of Notre Dame Scholar Named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

Emmanuel Katongole, an associate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame, will spend a year in sub-Saharan African conducting research on ethnic, religious, and ecological violence. The fellows program is administered by the Association of Theological Schools and funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Professor Eulanda Sanders Named Department Chair at Iowa State University

Professor Eulanda Sanders Named Department Chair at Iowa State University

Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University, was named chair of the department of apparel, events, and hospitality management at the university. She joined the university’s faculty in 2012 after teaching at Colorado State University.

Honors for Three African Americans at Major Universities

Honors for Three African Americans at Major Universities

James M. Rosser, former president of California State University, Los Angeles had a building named in his honor. Arletha McSwain of Bethune Cookman-University won an award for her efforts in distance learning and a portrait of Carrie Parker Taylor, the first Black woman to enroll at Indiana University, was unveiled.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Karen M. Carty at Grambling State University, Anthony L. Holloman at Fort Valley State University, Ray Trapp at North Carolina A&T State University, Roman Banks at Southern University, and Robert Kelly at Loyola University Maryland.

Bowie State University Scholar Honored With Literary Award

Bowie State University Scholar Honored With Literary Award

Rion Scott, who teaches English at Bowie State University in Maryland, received the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction at the 2017 PEN Literary Award Ceremony. The award came with a $25,000 prize.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Historically Black Universities

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Historically Black Universities

Tony D. Johnson has been named as dean of workforce development and lifelong learning at the Community College of the University of the District of Columbia and Corey D.B. Walker was named dean of the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

Berkita Bradford is the new chair of the hospitality management department at Virginia State University and Rosevelt Noble, senior lecturer in sociology at Vanderbilt University, was named director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at the university.

Ten African Americans Selected for New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Ten African Americans Selected for New 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.

Georgetown University Continues to Make Amends to Descendants of Its Slaves

Georgetown University Continues to Make Amends to Descendants of Its Slaves

On April 18, several descendants of the slaves that were sold by the university in 1838 will come to Washington, D.C., for the ceremony to rename buildings that have honored university officials who participated in the slave trade.

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

The search committee is looking for a scholar “with an established academic profile of distinction and a demonstrated desire to promote the rule of law through the study of civil rights.”

Gregory Robinson Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Gregory Robinson Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Gregory H. Robinson is the University of Georgia Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia. Founded more than 175 years ago, the Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.

Florida State's Andre J. Thomas Honored by the American Choral Directors Association

Florida State’s Andre J. Thomas Honored by the American Choral Directors Association

The award is the highest honor conferred by the American Choral Directors Association. It is given out every two years to a choral leader who has made unusual contributions to the art of choral music.

In Memoriam: Roger Wilkins, 1932-2017

In Memoriam: Roger Wilkins, 1932-2017

Roger Wilkins, the civil rights legend, author, government official, journalist, and educator, joined the faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1988 as the Clarence J. Robinson Professor in History and American Culture. He remained on the faculty for nearly 20 years.

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American studies at Emory University in Atlanta won in the criticism category and Ishion Hutchinson, an assistant professor of English at Cornell University, won in the poetry category.

Two African American Women Earn Prestigious Honors

Two African American Women Earn Prestigious Honors

Gilda Barabino, dean of engineering at City College of New York, is being honored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Janelle Baker of Alcorn State University was honored at the Health Disparities Conference at Xavier University in New Orleans.