Appointments

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.

New Assignments for Two Black Faculty Members

New Assignments for Two Black Faculty Members

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor was promoted to associate professor of history and granted tenure at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Oladiran Fasina was named chair of the department of biosystems engineering at Auburn University in Alabama.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative roles are Jonathan Nurse at Florida State University, Shawna Cooper-Gibson at Loyola University Chicago, and Mario Berry at Spelman College in Atlanta.

William F. Owen Named Dean and Chancellor of the Ross University School of Medicine

William F. Owen Named Dean and Chancellor of the Ross University School of Medicine

Students at the Ross University School of Medicine study in Dominica in the West Indies and then complete their training at an affiliated teaching hospital in the United States. Ross University is a division of the DeVry Education Group.

Professor Is the First African American to Lead a Federal Reserve Board Regional Bank

Professor Is the First African American to Lead a Federal Reserve Board Regional Bank

Raphael Bostic, has been serving as the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance in the School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

University of Montana Scholar Honored for Her Work in Public Administration

University of Montana Scholar Honored for Her Work in Public Administration

Beverly Edmond, the interim provost at the University of Montana, shared the Trailblazer Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, a division of the American Society for Public Administration. She and her co-author were honored for the book Trailblazing African American Public Administrators.

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal

Janiel Myers is a native of Jamaica but has become a U.S. citizen. She is scheduled to earn her law degree in 2018 and is the chair of academic and professionalism success for the Emory Black Law Student Association.

African American Author Who Teaches at Berea College in Kentucky Wins Two Book Awards

African American Author Who Teaches at Berea College in Kentucky Wins Two Book Awards

Crystal Wilkinson, the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College in Kentucky, has won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association and the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award from Transylvania University.

New Administrative Positions for Four African Americans at Major Universities

New Administrative Positions for Four African Americans at Major Universities

The four African Americans in new administrative posts in higher education are Archie Tucker II at Alabama A&M University, Michele Harper at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, Tamala Tamu Sukari Choma at the University of California, Riverside, and Carleton Spellman at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Two African American Women in Dean Posts Honored With Major Awards

Two African American Women in Dean Posts Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College in Boston and Bridgette Rahim-Williams, associate dean for research at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Three Black Scholars

New Assignments in Higher Education for Three Black Scholars

The Black scholars in new roles are Renee A. Middleton at Ohio University in Athens, Abi Williams at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Jamel K. Donnor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Walter E. Williams to Receive the $250,000 Bradley Prize

Walter E. Williams to Receive the $250,000 Bradley Prize

Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Professor Williams, a conservative economist, writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of 10 books.

University of Mississippi Anthropologist Among the Eight Whiting Public Engagement Fellows

University of Mississippi Anthropologist Among the Eight Whiting Public Engagement Fellows

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. One of this year’s eight fellows is an African American: Jodi Skipper of the University of Mississippi.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Two African American Women

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Two African American Women

Pilar Prather was named program manager for the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance in Nashville and Katrina Briscoe was promoted to assistant director of athletics at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Notable Honors and Awards for Two Black Scholars

Notable Honors and Awards for Two Black Scholars

Monika Williams Shealey, a dean at Rowan University was honored by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and Tina Simpson, associate professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham, won an award from the American Medical Women’s Association.

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the noted civil rights leader, legislator, author, NAACP chair, and long-time faculty member at the University of Virginia who died in 2015, was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Two African American Scholars Appointed to Named Professorships at Ivy League Universities

Two African American Scholars Appointed to Named Professorships at Ivy League Universities

Mark Anthony Gooden was named the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College of Columbia University and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey was appointed the 19th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Anna Deavere Smith Chosen to Receive the George Polk Career Award in Journalism

Anna Deavere Smith Chosen to Receive the George Polk Career Award in Journalism

Anna Deavere Smith is a professor of art and public policy at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. An actress, playwright, and performance artist, Smith is the first winner of the Polk Award who is not a traditional journalist.

New Administrative Posts for Four African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Posts for Four African Americans in Higher Education

The appointees are Angela Blanton at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Vincent T. Harris at California State University, Fullerton, Sonja Feist-Price at the University of Kentucky, and Melvin Hamlett at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.

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.