Honors & Awards

Anderson Sunda-Meya Wins the Excellence in Physics Education Award

Anderson Sunda-Meya Wins the Excellence in Physics Education Award

Anderson Sunda-Meya, the Norwood Endowed Professor of Physics and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University in New Orleans, has been awarded the 2021 Excellence in Physics Education Award from the American Physical Society.

University of Chicago's Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

University of Chicago’s Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

Eve Ewing is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The Paul Engle Prize honors writers who demonstrate a pioneering spirit in the world of literature and a commitment to engaging with the issues of the day.

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

Dr. Collins served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University from 2010 to 2020. On August 1, 2020, he became the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tamara Bertrand Jones Honored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education

Tamara Bertrand Jones Honored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education

Tamara Bertrand Jones is an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education at Florida State University. Her research examines the sociocultural influences on socialization during graduate education and the professional experiences of underrepresented populations, particularly Black women, in academia.

Harvard Business School Renames Building to Honor Its First Black Tenured Faculty Member

Harvard Business School Renames Building to Honor Its First Black Tenured Faculty Member

James I. Cash was the first African American to earn a basketball scholarship at Texas Christian University. After earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science at Purdue University, Dr. Cash joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1976. He became the first Black tenured faculty member in 1985.

Baylor University Honors Its First Black Graduate Student in Religion

Baylor University Honors Its First Black Graduate Student in Religion

The department of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has named a graduate student scholarship program in honor of Robert L. Gilbert, the first Black student to receive an undergraduate degree at Baylor University and the first Black graduate student in religion.

Howard University's Kehbuma Langmia Honored by the National Communication Association

Howard University’s Kehbuma Langmia Honored by the National Communication Association

Kehbuma Langmia, professor and chair of the department of strategic, legal and management communications is the 2020 recipient of the Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication, presented by the National Communication Association.

Cato Laurencin Honored for Promotion of Social Justice in Medical Education

Cato Laurencin Honored for Promotion of Social Justice in Medical Education

Cato T. Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, professor of chemical engineering, materials sciences, and biomedical engineering, and one of only two University Professors at the University of Connecticut.

Simmons University Scholar Named Distinguished Educator of the Year in Social Work

Simmons University Scholar Named Distinguished Educator of the Year in Social Work

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason was honored by the National Association of Black Social Workers. She is a professor and holds the Eva Whiting White Endowed Chair at Simmons University’s School of Social Work in Boston.

San Diego Mesa College Honors Its Former President Constance Carroll

San Diego Mesa College Honors Its Former President Constance Carroll

Dr. Carroll was appointed chancellor of the San Diego Community College District in 2004. Earlier, she served as president of San Diego Mesa College for 11 years. The Humanities Institute on the campus of San Diego Mesa College will be named in her honor.

City of Tallahassee Honors Former Florida A&M University Professor Charles Evans

City of Tallahassee Honors Former Florida A&M University Professor Charles Evans

The city of Tallahassee, Florida, has renamed a pond in the Myers Park neighborhood to honor Charles E. Evans, a former professor at Florida A&M University. The pond used to be named for a segregationist justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

Two Prestigious Universities Bestow Honors on African American Scholars

Two Prestigious Universities Bestow Honors on African American Scholars

Stanford University has named a theater on campus in honor of Harry Elam Jr., who taught at Stanford for 30 years before becoming president of Occidental College in Los Angeles. Rice University in Houston has named a grove after Rev. William A. Lawson a civil rights leader and former professor at Texas Southern University.

Three African Americans in Higher Education Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three African Americans in Higher Education Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Francis A. Pearman, an assistant professor of education at Stanford University, Janice R. Franklin, dean of library and learning resources at Alabama State University, and David Stovall, professor of Black studies and criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

George Washington University Professor Wins American Marketing Association Award

George Washington University Professor Wins American Marketing Association Award

Vanessa Perry is the associate dean for faculty and research and professor of marketing at the George Washington University School of Business. She has been actively involved with The PhD Project, an organization that works to increase the diversity of business school faculty through mentorship.

Leo Rouse Receives the Distinguished Service Award From the American Dental Association

Leo Rouse Receives the Distinguished Service Award From the American Dental Association

Leo E. Rouse, retired dean of the College of Dentistry at Howard University, was the first African American to serve as president of the American Dental Education Association. Earlier, he was the commander of the U.S. Army Dental Command.

A Trio of African American Scholars Receive Notable Honors or Awards

A Trio of African American Scholars Receive Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Milton Morris, the director of Environmental Health Science at Benedict College in South Carolina, Stephanie Luster-Teasley, a professor of engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, and Alexander Byrd, associate dean of humanities and associate professor of history at Rice University in Houston.

Melissa Holloway Honored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Melissa Holloway Honored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Since May 2019, Mellissa Holloway has been general counsel for legal affairs at North Carolina A&T State University in East Greensboro. Earlier, she was deputy general counsel at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and general counsel at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Harvard's Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Harvard’s Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Danielle S. Allen, a University professor and professor of government who also serves as director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, has been awarded the John W. Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress. The prize recognizes scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

University of Virginia Honors Its First African American Doctoral Graduate

University of Virginia Honors Its First African American Doctoral Graduate

In 1953, Walter N. Ridley earned a doctorate from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Ridley holds the distinction of being the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from a historically white university in the South.

Beryl McEwen Honored by the Association for Business Teaching and Research

Beryl McEwen Honored by the Association for Business Teaching and Research

Dr. McEwen was named interim provost at North Carolina A&T State Univerity in 2017 and provost in 2018. Earlier, she had been serving as dean of the College of Business at the university and vice provost for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness. Dr. McEwen joined the faculty at the university in 1995.

Michelle Samuel-Foo Is the First African American to Win a Major Entomological Award

Michelle Samuel-Foo Is the First African American to Win a Major Entomological Award

Michelle Samuel-Foo, an assistant professor at Alabama State University, has been selected to receive the Founders Memorial Recognition, one of the highest nationwide honors given by the Entomological Society of America.

Rion Amilcar Scott Wins the Towson University Prize for Literature

Rion Amilcar Scott Wins the Towson University Prize for Literature

The Towson University Prize for Literature is awarded annually for a single book or book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama, or imaginative nonfiction. Scott teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland, College Park.

University of Wisconsin Historian Wins Book Prize

University of Wisconsin Historian Wins Book Prize

Jacqueline-Bethel M​ougoué, an assistant professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded the 2020 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians.

Saint Louis University Honors a Pioneeering Black Faculty Member

Saint Louis University Honors a Pioneeering Black Faculty Member

Saint Louis University has announced annual scholarships in honor of longtime St. Louis community leader, civil rights pioneer, and publisher Donald M. Suggs. Dr. Suggs was the first African-American to be appointed an associate clinical professor of oral surgery at the Saint Louis University Dental School.

Two African American Historians to Receive Lillian Smith Book Awards

Two African American Historians to Receive Lillian Smith Book Awards

Jelani M. Favors, an associate professor of history at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, and Brandon K. Winford, an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were honored for the books on social justice topics.

Vanderbilt University Scholar Named a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar

Vanderbilt University Scholar Named a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar

Steven D. Townsend is an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the only African American among the 14 Dreyfus Foundation Teacher Scholars for 2020. Each scholar receives a $100,000 unrestricted research grant.

Emory University's Jericho Brown Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Emory University’s Jericho Brown Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

In selecting Professor Brown’s collection of poetry for this honor, the Pulitzer board called it “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.”

Melvin Terrell Honored by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Melvin Terrell Honored by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Melvin C. Terrell, vice president emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University, was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Bobby E. Leach Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award presented by NASPA. The award is named in honor of the first person of color to serve as NASPA president.

University of Massachusetts Names Its Fine Arts Center After a Former Chancellor

University of Massachusetts Names Its Fine Arts Center After a Former Chancellor

Dr. Randolph Bromery first came to the University of Massachusetts as a professor of geology in 1967. At the time he was one of only seven Black faculty members out of a total faculty of about 1,000. There were only 36 African American students on campus out of a total student body of 14,000.

Geneive Henry of Susquehanna University Honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research

Geneive Henry of Susquehanna University Honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research

Geneive Henry is the Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. She has been awarded the Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Chemistry Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Cynthia Dillard Wins Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Foundations of Education

Cynthia Dillard Wins Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Foundations of Education

Each year, the award is presented by the American Educational Studies Association to an individual “who has published significantly influential works, excels in mentorship, provides leadership and growth to the academic field and has a reputation in educational foundations.”

Danielle Conway Honored by the George Washington University Law School

Danielle Conway Honored by the George Washington University Law School

Danielle M. Conway, dean of the Dickinson Law School at Pennsylvania State University, was named the 2020 recipient of the Belva Ann Lockwood Award from George Washington University Law School. The award recognizes the accomplishments and pioneering spirit of women leaders in the legal profession.

Talladega College Recognizes Its President by Naming a New Building in His Honor

Talladega College Recognizes Its President by Naming a New Building in His Honor

The board of trustees of historically Black Talladega College in Alabama voted to name the newly constructed 47,000-square-foot student center/arena in honor of the college’s 20th and current president, Billy C. Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins has led the college since 2008.

Ann Brothers Smith Honored by the American Association of University Administrators

Ann Brothers Smith Honored by the American Association of University Administrators

Dr. Smith, a retired public school administrator, has served as a member of the West Virginia State University Board of Governors since 2011, serving as chair, vice chair, and chair of several board committees. She is the former associate superintendent for school leadership for the Detroit public school system.

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman of African descent to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Three Black Women Named Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Three Black Women Named Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Three of the six winning authors this year are Black women. Each has some ties to higher education.