Appointments

Cornell University Historian Russell Rickford Wins the Hooks National Book Award

Cornell University Historian Russell Rickford Wins the Hooks National Book Award

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has announced that Russell J. Rickford is the winner of the 2016 Hooks National Book Award. The award is given to an author of a book that “best advances an understanding of the American civil rights movement and its legacy.”

Black Scholar to Be Honored by the American Meteorological Society

Black Scholar to Be Honored by the American Meteorological Society

The award honors Dr. Marshall Shepherd’s work in rainfall climatology and its effects on urban areas. He will receive the honor at the society’s annual awards banquet on January 10.

Two African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Two African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Kwesi Daniels was appointed chair of the department of architecture at Tuskegee University in Alabama and Gabriel E. Warren is a new assistant professor of business administration at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

Dartmouth's Rashauna Johnson Is a Finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Dartmouth’s Rashauna Johnson Is a Finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Three finalists have been named for the 19th annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize that recognizes the best book on slavery, resistance, and/or abolition published in the preceding year. Only one of the three finalists is African American.

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Jimmy Teriell Tate at North Carolina Central University, Crystal A. deGregory at Kentucky State, Jenae Jones at Mississippi University for Women, Leon Jones at Oklahoma State, Danita Brown-Young at the University of Illinois, and Ulysses Williams at Voorhees College.

New Positions or Duties for Four African American Scholars

New Positions or Duties for Four African American Scholars

Taking on new roles are T’Keyah Crystal Keymah at Florida A&M University, Chiquita A. Collins at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Brian Purnell at Bowdoin College in Maine, and T’Mars McCallum at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in South Carolina.

Beverly Daniel Tatum Selected to Receive the Prestigious Gittler Prize

Beverly Daniel Tatum Selected to Receive the Prestigious Gittler Prize

The prize honors an individual who has made lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. Dr. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta, will receive a medal and a $25,000 prize at a ceremony in October 2018.

Six African Americans Appointed to High-Level Administrative Posts at Universities

Six African Americans Appointed to High-Level Administrative Posts at Universities

The appointees are Angela Jones at Eastern Washington University, Joseph Ballard II at the University of Minnesota, Kim LeDuff at the University of West Florida, Anika Mitchell Perkins at Mississippi University for Women, Pamela Goines at the University of Cincinnati, and Wanda Fleming at Alcorn State University.

University of Iowa Names Building to Honor Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

University of Iowa Names Building to Honor Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the twentieth century. The granddaughter of slaves, she was the first African American woman to earn a master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa.

Four African Americans Appointed to Faculty Positions

Four African Americans Appointed to Faculty Positions

Taking on new faculty roles are Nathan Alexander at Morehouse College in Atlanta, John Robinson at South Carolina State University, Florence Lyons at Albany State University in Georgia and Esperanza Spalding at Harvard University.

Indiana University Names New Leaders for Two Performing Ensembles

Indiana University Names New Leaders for Two Performing Ensembles

Stafford C. Berry Jr. was named the director of the African American Dance Company and James A. Strong Jr. will be the new leader of the Indiana University Soul Revue.

Honors for the First Black Woman to Receive a Bachelor's Degree at Vanderbilt University

Honors for the First Black Woman to Receive a Bachelor’s Degree at Vanderbilt University

In 1967 Dorothy J. Phillips became the first African American women to earn an undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The university has established a fellowship program and an endowed chair in her honor.

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

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.

Ivory V. Nelson Serving as Interim Provost at Jackson State University

Ivory V. Nelson Serving as Interim Provost at Jackson State University

Dr. Nelson, now 83 years old, served as president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2011. He has come out of retirement to serve as interim provost at Jackson State University to help an old friend who is the new president of the university.

Ernest Morrell Appointed to an Endowed Chair at the University of Notre Dame

Ernest Morrell Appointed to an Endowed Chair at the University of Notre Dame

Professor Morrell will also serve as the inaugural director of the Center for Literacy Education in the university’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. He will hold joint appointments in the Department of English and the Department of Africana Studies.

Two African American Scholars to Serve in Dean Positions

Two African American Scholars to Serve in Dean Positions

Ann Lampkin-Williams was appointed to a two-year term as an interim dean at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Craig Rhodes is the new interim dean of the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University.

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new assignments are Marvella Ford at South Carolina State University, Lyle Gibson at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, David J. Wallace at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York, Lena Hill at the University of Iowa, and Carol Annette Wilson at Voorhees College in South Carolina.

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

The honorees are Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College in Boston, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and Robert A. Winn of the University of illinois at Chicago.

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Seven African American Women

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Seven African American Women

They are Shari Clark at Eastern Washington University, Teare Brewington at South Carolina State University, Karla Foster at the University of Wisconsin, Cheri Fisher Wilson at Oakwood University, Charlene Johnson at Voorhees College, Kimberly Fair Reese at Winston-Salem State and Felicia Blow at Hampton University.

The New Provost at South Carolina State University

The New Provost at South Carolina State University

Since 2008, Dr. Luke has held numerous senior administrative roles in the Division of Academic Affairs at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, most recently as acting and interim provost. He is a tenured associate professor of history.

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Desmond Patton of Columbia University, Dana Rice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Keisha M. Love at the University of Cincinnati, Regina Taylor at Fordham University, A. Todd Franklin at Hamilton College, and Christopher Lance Coleman at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The New Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The New Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Darrell Newton will also serve as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dr. Newton has been serving as associate dean in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University in Maryland.

Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Jessica Evans at Murray State University, Jacqueline Jackson at Harford Community College, Kirsten Boswell-Ford at MIT, Teresa L. Smallwood at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Renarde D. Earl at Fayetteville State University, and Sharon Taylor Burnett at Tuskegee University.

Tuskegee University Honors Its First Chaplain, John W. Whittaker, 1860-1936

Tuskegee University Honors Its First Chaplain, John W. Whittaker, 1860-1936

This past Sunday, Tuskegee University held a chapel service to honor John W. Whittaker, the educational institution’s first chaplain. The service was part of the Whittaker family reunion that took place on campus.

Frederick Harris Named Dean of Social Science at Columbia University

Frederick Harris Named Dean of Social Science at Columbia University

Dr. Harris is a professor of political science at Columbia University in New York City and is the director of Center on African American Politics and Society. Professor Harris joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2007.

Alabama State University Professor Wins the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize

Alabama State University Professor Wins the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize

Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery, was named as the recipient of the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize from the Balcones Center for Creative Writing at Austin Community College.

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jean King has been serving as vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Dr. King is also a professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology and director of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging.

Only One Black Scholar Among This Year's 22 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

Only One Black Scholar Among This Year’s 22 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

Ibrahim I. Cissé, the Class of 1922 Career Development Assistant Professor in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive $240,000 over the next four years from the Pew Charitable Trusts to support his research.

Six Black Women Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Six Black Women Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Black women faculty in new roles are Sherine Obare at Western Michigan University, Erinn Tucker at Georgetown University, Alyssa L. Harris at Boston College, Reena N. Goldthree at Princeton University, Carolyn Gentle-Genitty at IUPUI, and Eleanor Brown at Pennsylvania State University.

Michigan State University Historian Wins Prestigious Book Award

Michigan State University Historian Wins Prestigious Book Award

LaShawn Harris, an associate professor of history at Michigan State University in East Lansing, received the 2017 Philip Taft Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Barbee Oakes at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Maurice Stinnett at Cleveland State University, Elaine L. Westbrooks at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Nsombi B. Ricketts at Northwestern University, and Nick Wallace at Syracuse University.

Ohio University Chillicothe Honors Joseph Carter Corbin

Ohio University Chillicothe Honors Joseph Carter Corbin

A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and a two-time graduate of Ohio University, Joseph Carter Corbin moved to Arkansas in 1872. Three years later he founded the Branch Normal College, which today is the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Sabrina Strings Wins a Hellman Fellowship to Complete a Book on Fat Stigma

Sabrina Strings Wins a Hellman Fellowship to Complete a Book on Fat Stigma

Sabrina Strings is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She will use the fellowship to complete work on her book, Thin, White & Saved: Fat Stigma and the Fear of the Big Black Body.

Four African American Men Assuming New Faculty Roles

Four African American Men Assuming New Faculty Roles

Taking on new roles are Donald Mitchell Jr. at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Pero Dagbovie at Michigan State University, Derrick R. Brooms at the University of Cincinnati, and Alvin Crawley at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Two African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Southern University at New Orleans

Two African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Southern University at New Orleans

At Southern University at New Orleans, Evelyn B. Harrell was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Rebecca Chaisson was named dean of the School of Social Work.

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans 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.