Appointments

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.

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.