Appointments

Four Black Scholars Taking on  New Faculty Assignments at Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments at Universities

Taking on new positions or titles are Grace Musila at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Herman Beavers at the University of Pennsylvania, Dianah Wynter at Arizona State University, and Sekou Cooke at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Five Universities That Have Announced the Appointments of Black Administrators

Five Universities That Have Announced the Appointments of Black Administrators

Taking on new administrative roles are Donica Thomas Varner at Cornell University in New York, Godlove Fonjweng at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Lawrencina Mason Oramalu at Texas Woman’s University, Gerald Lewis Jr. at the University of Connecticut, and Alicia Dorn at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Dr. Fleetwod’s book – Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration – which took nine years to complete, is based on scores of interviews with incarcerated people and their families, prison staff, activists, and other observers. It explores the importance of people in prison creating art as a means to survive incarceration.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Shirley J. Everett was named senior adviser to the provost on equity and inclusion at Stanford University. Emmanuel Adero is the new deputy chief officer for the  Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Torsheika Maddox was named chief of staff for the chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Three African American Faculty Members Receive Promotions at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

Three African American Faculty Members Receive Promotions at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

Nina Johnson was promoted to associate professor of sociology at Swarthmore College. Joseph Derrick Nelson was promoted to associate professor of educational studies and Ron Tarver was promoted to associate professor of photography.

Five African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles

Five African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles

The five Black scholars taking on new roles at Ijeoma Opara at the Yale School of Public Health, Walter Greason at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, John Brooks Slaughter at the University of Southern California, Crystal Wilkerson, of the University of Kentucky, and Tomothy Adams Jr. at the University of Georgia.

A Quartet of  African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Quartet of African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Takin on new administrative roles are Adriel A. Hilton at Southern University New Orleans, Jacqueline Gill Powell at Virginia Community Colleges, Aarika Dorsey at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana, and Cleo D. Rucker at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

CalTech's Ibrahim Cissé Awarded the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

CalTech’s Ibrahim Cissé Awarded the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

The $100,000 prize is awarded annually to young immigrant scientists living and working in the United States “whose early-career work exemplifies outstanding scientific accomplishment, and presents a significant contribution to their field of study.”

Three African American Women Taking on New University Diversity Assignments

Three African American Women Taking on New University Diversity Assignments

Laura Jack will be acting chief diversity officer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Brandi Elliott is taking on a diversity role at the University of Cincinnati and Kerri Thompson Tillett has been named associate vice chancellor for equal opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Faculty Roles

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Faculty Roles

Taking on new positions or duties are Ernest Morrell at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Mildred C. Joyner at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Sydney Freeman Jr. at the University of Idaho, and Chelsey Carter at the Yale School of Public Health.

New Administrative Posts for Five African Americans at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Posts for Five African Americans at Colleges and Universities

The five African Americans appointed to administrative positions are Erika Jordan at Boston University, Viticus Thomas at South Carolina State University, LaWanna Gilbert-Bell at the University of Louisiana Monroe, Vareva Harris at Benedict College in South Carolina, and Josie Hoover at the University of the District of Columbia.

North Carolina A&T State University Names New Engineering Complex After Its Chancellor

North Carolina A&T State University Names New Engineering Complex After Its Chancellor

The new Harold L. Martin, Sr., Engineering Research and Innovation Complex, scheduled for completion in August, is a $90-million facility that will enhance the research and instructional capacities of a college that leads the nation in the graduation of African American engineers.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers

Appointed to executive positions in diversity are Damita Davis at the College of Brockport of the State University of New York System, Sarah Walker at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Bryan Samuel at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Nefertiti Walker at the University of Massachusetts.

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The five Black scholars in new roles are Lauren Haynes at Duke University in North Carolina, Christopher Wayne Robinson at Pennsylvania State University-Greater Allegheny, Melanie McReynolds at Pennsylvania State University, Fitzroy B. Beckford at the University of Vermont, and Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa at Texas Tech University.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Four African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Four African Americans

Taking on new administrative duties are Robyn S. Hadley at the University of Virginia, Shaun Lewis at Dillard University in New Orleans, Debbi Howard at Tennessee State University in Nashville, and Shajuana L. Dennard at Talladega College in Alabama.

Nicole Ausmer to Receive the Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Award

Nicole Ausmer to Receive the Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Award

The award is presented by the National Association of Campus Activities to individuals that positively contribute to the development of programs and services promoting cultural diversity, understanding, and awareness. Dr. Ausmer is director of Student Activities and Leadership Development at the University of Cincinnati.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Pierre Morton at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, Harris Akinloye at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Keesha Burke-Henderson at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and Constance Porter at Rice University in Houston.

Three African Americans Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Three African Americans Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Andre Marshall will join the faculty at the School of Engineering at George Mason University. James Haywood Rolling Jr. was appointed co-director of Lender Center for Social Justice at Syracuse University and Chryl Laird has been named the Marvin H. Green Jr. Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

University of Arkansas' Jeffrey Allen Murdock Wins the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award

University of Arkansas’ Jeffrey Allen Murdock Wins the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award

The prestigious Grammy Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Five African Americans Who Were Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Five African Americans Who Were Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative posts are Willie Jude II at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Laraine Davis at Maryville University, Parice Bowser at the University of Arkansas, Lowell K. Davis at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Solomon Tention at Dallas College.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new diversity positions are J. Goosby Smith at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Shawna Patterson-Stephens at Central Michigan University, Omar Brown for the Big 10 athletic conference, and Keesha Burke-Henderson at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Bryant University in Rhode Island Appoints a New Dean of its College of Arts & Sciences

Bryant University in Rhode Island Appoints a New Dean of its College of Arts & Sciences

Veronica McComb currently serves as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, academic chair for the history department, and program coordinator for Africana studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, with three campus locations in North and South Carolina.

Samson Jenekhe Wins the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize

Samson Jenekhe Wins the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize

Samson Jenekhe is the Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. The Polymer Physics Prize was established in 1960 in conjunction with the Dow Chemical Company, which remains its chief supporter, and includes a cash award of $10,000.

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars in New Faculty Positions or Roles

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars in New Faculty Positions or Roles

The four African American faculty members appointed to new ranks or positions are Lucy Mule at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, La Marr Jurelle Bruce at the University of Maryland, College Park, Rediet Abebe at the University of California, Berkeley, and Darius Scott at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

University of California, Davis Chancellor Receives Lifetime Mentoring Award

University of California, Davis Chancellor Receives Lifetime Mentoring Award

Gary S. May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, has received the 2021 Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award honors researchers who have positively impacted a department or institution over the course of 25 years.

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

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

Taking on new administrative roles are Rose Mercier at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, Verna Orr at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, Brad Jennings at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, Victoria N. Nichols at Virginia Union University, and Kayton Carter at the University of California, Davis.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Yale University

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Yale University

Gerald Jaynes is a professor of economics, African American studies, and urban studies. Emily Greenwood was named the  John M. Musser Professor of Classics and Tavia Nyong’o was appointed William Lampson Professor of Theater and Performance Studies.

Five African Americans Scholars Who Have Been Named to New Positions in Academia

Five African Americans Scholars Who Have Been Named to New Positions in Academia

Appointed to new faculty positions are Phillip Atiba Goff at Yale University, Jomaira Salas Pujols at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Katwiwa Mule at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Kimberly Juanita Brown at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Sonia Eden at Wayne State University in Detroit.

New Administrative Duties Have Been Assigned to Five African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties Have Been Assigned to Five African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Barkley Barton II at the University of Georgia, Krista L. Cortes at the University of Pennsylvania, Dee Frazier at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ollie Green III at the University of Pittsburgh, and Kerry Stevenson at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.

Kiki Petrosino of the University of Virginia Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize

Kiki Petrosino of the University of Virginia Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize

Professor Petrosino was honored for her poetry collection that weaves together a variety of poetic forms – villanelles, a heroic crown and erasure – to explore her Black heritage and larger societal issues with the legacy of slavery and race relations in America.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The four African Americans who have been appointed to diversity positions are Michelle Foster at Colorado State University, B. Sherrance Russell at the University of Missouri, Anita Dashiell-Sparks at the University of Southern California, and Kristina Marshall at Baker College in Michigan.

Seven African American Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

Seven African American Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Roles or Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s listing of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

The five African Americans appointed to new administrative posts are Aisha Jackson at the University of Colorado Boulder, Melvin Jackson at North Carolina State University, Mechell Clark McCrary at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Kevin Joseph at the University of Kansas, and Kristie L. Kenney at Talladega College in Alabama.

Esther Ngumbi Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

Esther Ngumbi Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

Esther Ngumbi, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Illinois, is the 2021 recipient of the Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, an annual award given out by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previous winners have included Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

New Diversity Assignments in Higher Education for Four African Americans

New Diversity Assignments in Higher Education for Four African Americans

The four African Americans in new diversity posts are Leon S. John Jr. at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Precious Porras at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, Alexander Patrick at Glendale Community College in California, and Marilyn Clark at the University of Kentucky.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Taking on new assignments are Dana Rice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Charles DeSassure at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia, and Jameliah Inga Shorter-Bourhanou at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.