Appointments

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.

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Thew new deans are Estella Atekwana at the University of Delaware, Tiffany Fountaine Boykin at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, and Samuel Adu-Mireku at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Virginia State University Announces a Series of Executive Appointments

Virginia State University Announces a Series of Executive Appointments

Tia Minnis is the new associate provost for academic affairs. Kawachi A. Clemons was named special assistant to the provost and Charmica Epps is the new director of alumni relations.

Black Scholar to Lead the Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Black Scholar to Lead the Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Amy Freeman is the assistant dean of engineering outreach and inclusion at Pennsylvania State University. She recently began a one-year term as president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network.

Two African American Faculty Members in New Roles

Two African American Faculty Members in New Roles

John Winters was promoted to associate professor of sports recreation management at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Nicole Stokes-DuPass, a professor of sociology at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, was named associate vice president for institutional effectiveness and diversity.

Notable Honors Awarded to Two African American Women in Higher Education

Notable Honors Awarded to Two African American Women in Higher Education

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, was honored by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Foundation and DiOnetta Jones Crayton, associate dean for undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received an award from the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network.

Three African American Men in New University Administrative Posts

Three African American Men in New University Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative duties are Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri, Johnny P. Tooson at the University of Massachusetts, and James A. Felton III at the State University of New York-Cortland.

Hampton University Scholar Is a Contestant on This Fall's Edition of the Hit Television Series Survivor

Hampton University Scholar Is a Contestant on This Fall’s Edition of the Hit Television Series Survivor

Desiree Williams is an assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University in Virginia. She was one of 18 contestants who competed for the $1 million first prize on the island of Fiji in the South Pacific. The show will air this fall.

Karen E. Nelson Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Karen E. Nelson Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences does not publish data on the race or ethnicity of its members. But according to a JBHE analysis of the group of 84 new members, it appears that only one of the new members is Black.

The New Dean of the School of Divinity at Shaw University in North Carolina

The New Dean of the School of Divinity at Shaw University in North Carolina

Johnny Bernard Hill has been serving as an associate professor of philosophy and religion at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Earlier in his career Dr. Hill was an associate professor of theology at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Academic Duties at Major Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Academic Duties at Major Universities

Taking on new assignments are John Rickford at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Michelle Harding at Virginia Tech, Natoya Haskins at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Robert T. Listenbee at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven 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.

The Next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University

The Next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University

Dr. Jarrett has been serving as associate dean of the faculty in the humanities division at Boston University in Massachusetts. There, he has also been a professor of English and a professor of African American studies.

New Faculty Assignments for Five African American Scholars

New Faculty Assignments for Five African American Scholars

The five Black scholars in new faculty roles are Tomisha Brock at Clark Atlanta University, Lolita Buckner Inniss at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Myra Greene at Spelman College in Atlanta, Thomas Bynum at Cleveland State University, and Linda M. Burton at Duke University.

Dartmouth College Scholar Named Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Dartmouth College Scholar Named Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the curator of African art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is leaving his post to become the curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Brenda Faye Green at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Carl Simien at the University of Florida, G. Christine Taylor at the University of Alabama, Kimberly Harrington at Livingstone College, and Stephan Moore at Louisiana State University Alexandria.

Two African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Historically Black Universities

Two African American Women Named to Dean Posts at Historically Black Universities

Rhonda Porter is the new interim dean of the College of Education at Albany State University in Georgia and Kathy Stitts was named interim dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Members of the New Executive Team at Kentucky State University

Members of the New Executive Team at Kentucky State University

Christopher Brown II, the new president of historically Black Kentucky State University in Frankfort, has announced a series of new executive appointments for his leadership team.

New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Karyn Scissum Gunn at California State University, Fullerton, Kenton W. Rainey at the University of Chicago, Damon L. Williams at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Charles Isbell at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Debbie Thomas Named Provost at Kentucky State University

Debbie Thomas Named Provost at Kentucky State University

Dr. Thomas has been serving as dean of academic affairs at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. The college enrolls about 3,500 students. African Americans are 36 percent of the student body.

Two Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Two Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Kalenda Eaton was appointed to an endowed chair at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and Michael K. Addo was named director of the London Global Gateway Law Program of the Notre Dame Law School.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Newly appointed to dean posts are Simone Cummings at Webster University in St. Louis, and Yolanda Pierce at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Notable Honors for Two African American Male Scholars

Notable Honors for Two African American Male Scholars

The honorees are William Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University, and Kenon Brown, an assistant professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Alabama.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Melissa Shivers at the University of Iowa, D. Paul Monteiro Jr. at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Dwight Hamilton at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.