Honors & Awards

Lisa Harrison of Ohio University Recognized for Her Contributions to Middle-Level Education

Lisa Harrison of Ohio University Recognized for Her Contributions to Middle-Level Education

Lisa Harrison, an associate professor and program coordinator for Middle Childhood Education at Ohio University, is the recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service in Middle Level Education from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Bowdoin College's Michael Cato Honored for His Efforts to Promote Diversity

Bowdoin College’s Michael Cato Honored for His Efforts to Promote Diversity

Michael Cato, senior vice president and chief information officer at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine, is the recipient of the 2021 Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Award from EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit informational technology association.

Duke University Renames Building to Honor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke

Duke University Renames Building to Honor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was one of the first five Black students to integrate the Duke campus in 1963. She becomes the first Black woman to have a campus building named after her. She joins historian John Hope Franklin and campus architect Julian Abele as having buildings or grounds named after them on the Duke campus.

Tarisha Stanley Wins the Teaching Literature Book Award for Her Work on Octavia Butler

Tarisha Stanley Wins the Teaching Literature Book Award for Her Work on Octavia Butler

Tarshia Stanley, dean of the division of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and professor of English at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been selected as the winner of the Teaching Literature Book Award, an international prize for the best book on teaching literature at the college level. The award is presented biennially by the graduate faculty in English at Idaho State University.

The Society for Epidemiologic Research Names Award for Duke University Scholar

The Society for Epidemiologic Research Names Award for Duke University Scholar

The Society for Epidemiologic Research has announced the establishment of the Sherman A. James Diverse and Inclusive Epidemiology Award. The award will recognize research, teaching, or service by an individual that expands the scope of the field to underrepresented or disadvantaged populations or researchers and that has facilitated greater diversity and inclusiveness.

Western Michigan University Honors Its First Black Bachelor's Degree Recipient

Western Michigan University Honors Its First Black Bachelor’s Degree Recipient

Merze Tate, the first Black student to earn a bachelor’s degree from Western State Teachers College (now Western Michigan University) will have University College – the academic home for exploratory majors – named in her honor.

Consuelo Wilkins of Vanderbilt University Will Be Honored for Her Work in Promoting Health Equity

Consuelo Wilkins of Vanderbilt University Will Be Honored for Her Work in Promoting Health Equity

Dr. Wilkins is senior vice president for health equity and inclusive excellence at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and senior associate dean for health equity and inclusive excellence in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She will be honored during a ceremony at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia on November 4.

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago's Cathy Cohen

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago’s Cathy Cohen

Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, received the 2021 Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award from the American Political Science Association. The award honors a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to the understanding of racial and ethnic politics.

Tenille Gaines Honored by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Tenille Gaines Honored by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Tenille Gaines is the associate director for counseling in Michigan State University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services department. She will receive the Harriet Copher Haynes Diversity Leadership Mentoring Award. The award honors “talented mental health professionals of diverse identities who aspire to become counseling center directors.”

Virginia State University Names Four Buildings to Honor Black Alumnae

Virginia State University Names Four Buildings to Honor Black Alumnae

Virginia State University has announced new names for four buildings on campus that will now honor Black alumnae. In March 2021, the university announced the removal of the names and signs identifying the four buildings saying the buildings were named for individuals whose past beliefs were not consistent with the beliefs and legacy of Virginia State University. 

Two Universities Bestow Honors on Civil Rights Icon James Lawson

Two Universities Bestow Honors on Civil Rights Icon James Lawson

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, which expelled Lawson in 1960 for his civil rights activities, will launch the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements. The University of California, Los Angeles, where Lawson has taught for 20 years, is naming a historic building in his honor.

New Center Named for the Founder of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University

New Center Named for the Founder of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, will name a new interdisciplinary academic center for teaching and research on Southern race relations, culture, and politics in honor of late professor of history emeritus Theodore “Ted” Carter DeLaney Jr.

University of Pittsburgh Scholar Wins the Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

University of Pittsburgh Scholar Wins the Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

Waverly Duck, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, received the Charles Horton Cooley Book Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Dr. Duck was recognized for co-authoring the book Tacit Racism, which examines the many ways in which racism is coded into the everyday social interactions of Americans.

J. Herman Blake Wins the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociology Association

J. Herman Blake Wins the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociology Association

J. Herman Blake, professor emeritus of sociology and founding provost of Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and former president of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was honored for his lifetime achievements in advancing the field of sociology through the positive impact of his work.

Professor Rebecca Wanzo of Washington University in St. Louis Has Won Two Book Awards

Professor Rebecca Wanzo of Washington University in St. Louis Has Won Two Book Awards

Rebecca Wanzo, professor and chair of women, gender, and sexuality studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has won two major awards in the field of comic book studies for her book The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging.

Ohio State's Dorian Harrision Wins Award From the National Council of Teachers of English

Ohio State’s Dorian Harrision Wins Award From the National Council of Teachers of English

Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on issues of identity and power in literacy education, paying particular attention to how race, class, and language impact teaching and learning. She advocates for the need for culturally and linguistically diverse texts.

Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University Is the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner

Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University Is the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has named Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

Vanderbilt University's Clanitra Nejdl Honored by the American Association of Law Libraries

Vanderbilt University’s Clanitra Nejdl Honored by the American Association of Law Libraries

Clanitra Nejdl, head of professional development and research services librarian at the law school Vanderbilt University in Nashville, won the Emerging Leader Award and shared the Spectrum Article of the Year Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Yale School of Public Health Names a Scholarship After an African American Alumna

Yale School of Public Health Names a Scholarship After an African American Alumna

The executive master’s degree in public health scholarship at the Yale School of Public Health is being named in honor of Irene Trowell-Harris, the first African American woman in the history of the U.S. Air National Guard to be promoted to brigadier general and subsequently, in 1998, to two-star major general.

Virginia Commonwealth University's First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani, who has served as an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence at New York University, is the recipient of the 2021 Cabell First Novelist Award given by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The award, now in its 20th year, honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year.

Nashville's Dixie Street Renamed to Honor a "Janitor" Who Pioneered Surgical Techniques

Nashville’s Dixie Street Renamed to Honor a “Janitor” Who Pioneered Surgical Techniques

Vivien Thomas, who dropped out of college during the Great Depression, developed and refined a corrective cardiac surgical technique to treat “blue baby syndrome” at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1940s. Thomas did not receive due credit for the lifesaving advance for decades.

Two African American Faculty Members Win the Pulitzer Prize

Two African American Faculty Members Win the Pulitzer Prize

Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., won the Pulitzer Prize in history and Mitchell S. Jackson, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing

Brittany Pearl Battle of Wake Forest University Honored by Sociologists for Women in Society

Brittany Pearl Battle of Wake Forest University Honored by Sociologists for Women in Society

The Feminist Activism Award from the organization Sociologists for Women in Society was established in 1995. The award is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society.

Arkansas State University Honors Its First Black Faculty Member

Arkansas State University Honors Its First Black Faculty Member

The University of Arkansas System board of trustees has voted to rename the building housing the military science program as the Lieutenant Colonel Frederick C. Turner Jr. Military Science Building.

Thavolia Glymph Wins Three Awards From the Organization of American Historians

Thavolia Glymph Wins Three Awards From the Organization of American Historians

Thavolia Glymph, the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was honored with three awards for her book on the role of Black and White women during the Civil War.

Jessica Marie Johnson Honored for Her Book on Black Women in the Colonial Atlantic World

Jessica Marie Johnson Honored for Her Book on Black Women in the Colonial Atlantic World

Jessica Marie Johnson, an assistant professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has won the Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History. The honor is bestowed by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Association.

Princeton University's Nathan Alan Davis Wins Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama

Princeton University’s Nathan Alan Davis Wins Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama

Nathan Alan Davis, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwright-in-Residence at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University Bloomington, and The Juilliard School.

James L. Moore III Honored by the American Council on Education

James L. Moore III Honored by the American Council on Education

James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2021 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education.

Kaja Dunn Honored for Her Work Addressing Issues of Race in Theatre Education

Kaja Dunn Honored for Her Work Addressing Issues of Race in Theatre Education

Kaja Dunn, an assistant professor of theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received the Kennedy Center Medallion from the National Committee of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The medallion is the organization’s highest honor.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons of Vanderbilt University Wins the 2021 Pérez Prize

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons of Vanderbilt University Wins the 2021 Pérez Prize

Campos-Pons grew up on a sugar plantation in the Matanzas province of Cuba, and her family has Nigerian, Hispanic, and Chinese roots. She was a pioneer of the New Cuban Art Movement that opposed Communist repression in Cuba during the late 1980s.

Yale's Marcella Nunez-Smith Honored to Her Work to Address COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Yale’s Marcella Nunez-Smith Honored to Her Work to Address COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Dr. Nunez-Smith, an associate professor and associate dean for health equity research at Yale Medical School, was honored for her work to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and brown communities.

Bridgette M. Brawner Honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Bridgette M. Brawner Honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Bridgette M. Brawner is an associate professor in the department of family and community health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research focuses on HIV and AIDS among Black residents of Philadelphia and on how mental health conditions, such as depression in Black youth, correlate with unhealthy behaviors.

William Jackson of the University of California, Davis Honored by the National Science Board

William Jackson of the University of California, Davis Honored by the National Science Board

The National Science Board recognized Dr. Jackson, a distinguished researcher and emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, as both a leader in the field of chemistry and a mentor and advocate for increasing minority participation in science.

Vanderbilt University's Steven Townsend Honored by the American Chemical Society

Vanderbilt University’s Steven Townsend Honored by the American Chemical Society

Dr. Townsend received the 2021 David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to research in carbohydrate chemistry by scientists in the first seven years of their independent career.”

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.

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.”