Appointments

New Duties in the Academic World for Eight Black Faculty Members

New Duties in the Academic World for Eight Black Faculty Members

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Darlene Clark Hine Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the Southern Historical Association

Darlene Clark Hine Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the Southern Historical Association

The John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award is given out every five years. The award committee stated that “we cannot conceive of a more deserving candidate. Hine’s career has been deeply active, productive, and consequential.”

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative poats are Suzanne C. Adair at Pennsylvania State University, Ryan Williams at Syracuse University, Shander Adams at Jackson State University, Joy Haywood Moore at Boston College, and Aleshia Hall-Campbell at the University of Mississippi.

Fallou Ngom Named Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University

Fallou Ngom Named Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University

Fallou Ngom, associate professor of anthropology, was named director of Boston University’s African Studies Center. The center was established in 1953. More than 90 Boston University faculty members are affiliated with the center.

Former College President Johnnetta Cole Taking on a New Assignment

Former College President Johnnetta Cole Taking on a New Assignment

Johnnetta B. Cole, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta and president emerita of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named a senior consulting fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Natasha Trethewey Wins the $250,000 Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey Wins the $250,000 Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey, the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. The award comes with an unrestricted $250,000 prize. She will be honored in Pittsburgh on October 18.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Positions at State Universities

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Positions at State Universities

Taking on new administrative duties are Isaac Moore at Winston-Salem State University, Keith Champagne at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shondella Reed at the University of California, Davis, and Allen Malone at Alabama A&M University.

Sheilah Paul to Lead the New School of Education at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn

Sheilah Paul to Lead the New School of Education at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn

Medgar Evers College, a campus of the City University of New York, has announced the establishment of the School of Education. The college enrolls about 6,800 students. African Americans make up more than three quarters of the student body. Dr. Sheilah M. Paul was named founding dean.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles or Responsibilities in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles or Responsibilities in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Getiria Onsongo at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Samir Bandaogo at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Yvette Murphy-Erby at the University of Arkansas, and Ann-Margaret Esnard at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Charity Hudley Named to an Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Charity Hudley Named to an Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Hudley was the William and Mary Professor of Community Studies and an associate professor of English at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She joined the faculty there in 2005.

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.

Gloria Chuku Receives the 2017 Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence

Gloria Chuku Receives the 2017 Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence

Gloria Chuku, chair and professor of Africana studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, received the 2017 Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence from the Toyin Falola Annual Conference on African Diaspora. She is the first woman to receive the award.

Marsha Horton Serving as Dean at Delaware State University in Dover

Marsha Horton Serving as Dean at Delaware State University in Dover

Marsha Horton was named interim dean of the College of Education, Health, and Policy at Delaware State University. She was dean and associate professor in the School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Four African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Academia

Four African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Academia

The Black scholars assigned to new duties are Nadia Nurhussein at Johns Hopkins University, Sonja S. Watson at the University of Texas at Arlington, Danielle Wood at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Peggie R. Smith at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ophelia Weeks Named Professor Emerita at Florida International University

Ophelia Weeks Named Professor Emerita at Florida International University

Ophelia Weeks, who served for more than 30 years on the faculty at Florida International University in Miami, stepped down from her post earlier this year. Now, she has been granted the title of professor emerita. She has not retired. In April she was named president of the University of Liberia in Africa.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

J. Luke Wood was named Dean’s Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University. Michelle Wright was named to an endowed chair at Emory University in Atlanta, and T. Joel Wade was appointed to a Presidential Professorship at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Jame’l R. Hodges at Virginia State University, Lesley-Anne Pittard at the University of Oregon, Robert Young at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Gus Ridgel at Kentucky State University.

Stillman College Scholar Shares a Screenwriting Award

Stillman College Scholar Shares a Screenwriting Award

Linda Royster Beito, associate dean of arts and sciences at Stillman College in Alabama, will share first prize in the Alabama Writers’ Conclave 2017 Screenwriting Competition. The screenplay deals with civil rights leader T.R.M. Howard’s involvement with the Emmett Till murder case.

The New Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University

The New Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University

Terri Francis joined the faculty at Indiana University in 2014. Earlier, she taught for nine years in the department of African American studies and the film and media studies program at Yale University. She is an expert on African American cinema and Jamaican film history.

New Leadership for the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University

New Leadership for the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Katrina Bell McDonald, an associate professor of sociology and Lester Spence, an associate professor of political science, have been named co-directors. Nadia Nurhussein, associate professor of English, has been named associate director and director of undergraduate studies at the Center.

Alvia Wardlaw Honored by the Association of African American Museums

Alvia Wardlaw Honored by the Association of African American Museums

Alvia Wardlaw is a professor of art history and director and curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University in Houston. In 1996, she became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Black Scholar at the California College of the Arts Returning to Her Roots

Black Scholar at the California College of the Arts Returning to Her Roots

After serving on the faculty at the California College of the Arts for nearly a quarter century, Professor Opal Palmer Adisa is returning to her native Jamaica to serve as the director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies.

Seven Black Faculty Members in New Roles in Academia

Seven Black Faculty Members in New Roles in Academia

They are: Melissa C. Thomas Hunt at Vanderbilt, Charkarra Anderson Lewis at the University of Southern Mississippi, Talitha Washington at Howard, Charmaine Royal at Duke, Tara T. Green at UNC-Greensboro, Alwyn Leiba at Miami Dade College, and Enobong Branch at the University of Massachusetts.

Seven African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Named to 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.

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.