Honors & Awards

David Williams II to Be Honored Posthumously by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

The late David Williams II, the former athletic director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is the 2020 winner of the NCAA president’s Pat Summitt Award. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated devotion to the development of college athletes.

Kishauna Soljour Receives Dissertation Award From the Council of Graduate Schools

Kishauna Soljour Receives Dissertation Award From the Council of Graduate Schools

In 2019, Kishauna E. Soljour became the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in History from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York. Her doctorate dissertation was recently honored by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Former Tennessee State University Faculty Member Given Posthumous Honor

Former Tennessee State University Faculty Member Given Posthumous Honor

The Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, has named a conference room in its headquarters to honor the late Getahn Ward, a reporter for the paper and an alumnus and adjunct faculty member at historically Black Tennessee State University.

Hampton Honors Dean With More Than 50 Years of Service to the University

Hampton Honors Dean With More Than 50 Years of Service to the University

Jewel B. Long, dean of residence life at Hampton University in Virginia, is stepping down from her post. In recognition of her 54 years of continuous service to the educational institution, Hampton University is naming the lobby of a residence hall in her honor.

University of Georgia's John Mativo Honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers

University of Georgia’s John Mativo Honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers

John M. Mativo, an associate professor in the department of career and information studies in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, was recognized as the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Outstanding Faculty Advisor.

Winston-Salem State University Honors Retiring Chief of Police

Winston-Salem State University Honors Retiring Chief of Police

Patricia Norris stepped down as chief of campus police at Winston-Salem State University on December 31. Her husband, Robert Norris, made a secret donation to the university so that the police and public safety building on campus would be renamed in her honor.

University of Kansas Renames its Integrated Sciences Building for Bernadette Gray-Little

University of Kansas Renames its Integrated Sciences Building for Bernadette Gray-Little

Dr. Gray-Little became the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas in 2009. She is the only woman to serve in that role. Dr. Gray-Little stepped down as chancellor after the 2016-17 academic year.

Tulane University Honors Its First African American Students

Tulane University Honors Its First African American Students

In 1966 and 1967, Deidre Dumas Labat and Reynold T. Décou became the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University, respectively. The university recently renamed a residence complex in their honor.

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award has been given out for the past 13 years by Baton Rouge Area Foundation. It recognizes the work of African American fiction writers and honors the legacy of author Ernest J. Gaines who died last month.

Pamela Bracey Is Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Business Education

Pamela Bracey Is Named Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Business Education

Pamela Bracey, an associate professor in the department of instructional systems and workforce development in the College of Education at Mississippi State University, was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association.

Texas A&M University's Roderic Pettigrew Honored by the National Academy of Engineering

Texas A&M University’s Roderic Pettigrew Honored by the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Pettigrew’s award was given “for leadership at the National Institutes of Health, and for academic and industrial convergence research and education, resulting in innovations that have improved global health care.”

University of Georgia Scholar Honored by the American Educational Studies Association

University of Georgia Scholar Honored by the American Educational Studies Association

Cynthia B. Dillard is the Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education in the department of educational theory and practice of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dillard was honored at the association’s annual conference in Baltimore earlier this month.

Vanderbilt University Names Its Recreation and Wellness Center for David Williams II

Vanderbilt University Names Its Recreation and Wellness Center for David Williams II

David Williams II was the first African American to serve as a vice chancellor at Vanderbilt. He also was the first African American to serve as an athletics director in the Southeastern Conference. He died earlier this year at the age of 71.

International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award to Walter Curry Jr.

International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award to Walter Curry Jr.

Walter B. Curry Jr., who teaches online graduate courses in the master of education degree program at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was honored for his book on the Thompson family of Salley, South Carolina.

John Morrow Is the First African American to Win Prestigious Award for Military Writing

John Morrow Is the First African American to Win Prestigious Award for Military Writing

John H. Morrow, Jr., professor of history at the University of Georgia, is the 13th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes a gold medallion and a $100,000 honorarium.

Tina Harris Given Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communications Association

Tina Harris Given Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communications Association

Tina M. Harris holds the Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. She joined the faculty at LSU this past summer after teaching at the University of Georgia for more than two decades.

Florida A&M University Honors Student Who Died Serving His Country as a Tuskegee Airman

Florida A&M University Honors Student Who Died Serving His Country as a Tuskegee Airman

Lt. James Polkinghorne, Jr. was a senior at Florida A&M University when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During a combat mission over Italy on May 5, 1944, Lt. Polkinghorne’s plane was shot down. His body was never found. A campus residence hall is being named in his honor.

Louisiana State University Scholar of Media History Has an Award Named in Her Honor

Louisiana State University Scholar of Media History Has an Award Named in Her Honor

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has announced the establishment of the Jinx Coleman Broussard Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Media History. Dr. Broussard is the Bart R. Swanson Endowed Memorial Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communications at LSU.

First Black Graduate of Syracuse University's College of Law Posthumously Admitted to the Bar

First Black Graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Law Posthumously Admitted to the Bar

William Herbert Johnson was the first African American to graduate from the College of Law at Syracuse University. Recently, he was posthumously admitted to the New York State Bar Association 116 years after graduating.

Florida Gulf Coast University Names Its Library After Its Former President Wilson Bradshaw

Florida Gulf Coast University Names Its Library After Its Former President Wilson Bradshaw

Dr. Bradshaw served as the university’s president from 2007 to 2017. During his decade in office, enrollment increased by 60 percent to nearly 15,000 and the number of degrees granted annually doubled.

North Carolina A&T State University Names Its College of Business and Economics

North Carolina A&T State University Names Its College of Business and Economics

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro has announced that will name its College of Business and Economics after Willie A. Deese. This is the first time that a person has been used in a college’s name at the university.

Framingham State University to Honor its First Black Graduate: Mary Miles Bibb

Framingham State University to Honor its First Black Graduate: Mary Miles Bibb

After graduating in 1843, Bibb went on to become one of the first African American woman teachers on the continent. She opened several schools for Black children during a 23-year teaching career in Canada. The university will rename a residence hall in her honor.

University of Georgia to Rename Its College of Education to Honor Its First Black Graduate

University of Georgia to Rename Its College of Education to Honor Its First Black Graduate

Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes were the first African American students to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1961. But Mary Frances Early was the first African American to earn a degree from the University of Georgia. She was awarded a master’s degree in music education in August 1962.

Harold Martin Sr. to Receive the Educational Leadership Award From the TMCF

Harold Martin Sr. to Receive the Educational Leadership Award From the TMCF

Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, has been selected to receive the Educational Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He will be honored at the association’s Anniversary Awards Gala on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

Harvard University's Danielle Allen to Receive the 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Harvard University’s Danielle Allen to Receive the 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Earlier she taught at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of Chicago.

University of Virginia's Kevin Everson to Receive a 2019 Heinz Award

University of Virginia’s Kevin Everson to Receive a 2019 Heinz Award

The Heinz Awards, now in their 24th year, honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in five categories: arts and humanities; environment; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy and employment. Professor Everson will be honored for his body of work in film on October 17 in Pittsburgh.

James Moore III to Be Honored by the National Association for Gifted Children

James Moore III to Be Honored by the National Association for Gifted Children

James L. Moore III is vice provost for diversity and inclusion and the EHE Distinguished Professor in the department of educational studies at Ohio State University. He will receive the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children in November.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason to Receive the 2019 Feminist Scholar Award

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason to Receive the 2019 Feminist Scholar Award

The Simmons University professor of social work will be honored at the Council on Social Work Education’s annual program meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 26. Dr. Hamliton-Mason has taught at the Simmons School of Social work since 1991.

Janet E. Helms Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Psychological Foundation

Janet E. Helms Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Psychological Foundation

Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and director of Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She was honored at last month’s annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Vanderbilt University Honors Perry Wallace by Renaming a Street in His Honor

Vanderbilt University Honors Perry Wallace by Renaming a Street in His Honor

Perry Wallace was a trailblazing Vanderbilt student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball in 1967. Wallace endured verbal abuse from fans and had objects thrown at him from the stands.

College of Charleston Renames Award to Honor Educator James E. Campbell

College of Charleston Renames Award to Honor Educator James E. Campbell

James E. Campbell, who was born in 1925, is an African American educator and civil rights activist. He worked as a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, and Tanzania. He later became an administrator with the New York City public school system and in retirement has remained active in educational initiatives in South Carolina.

Sandra Barnes Wins the  the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award From the American Sociological Association

Sandra Barnes Wins the the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award From the American Sociological Association

Awarded since 1971, the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award is one of the annual honors given by the ASA to an individual for their work in the intellectual traditions of Oliver Cox, Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier, three African American scholars.

National Communication Association to Honor Louisiana State University's Tina M. Harris

National Communication Association to Honor Louisiana State University’s Tina M. Harris

Tina M. Harris of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University is being honored for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, and acceptance of diversity and forthrightness.”

Justin Hansford Honored for His Work as a Leader in the Fight for Social Justice

Justin Hansford Honored for His Work as a Leader in the Fight for Social Justice

Justin Hansford, an associate professor of law at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has received the 2019 Right to Fight Award from the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Our Sons & Daughters Foundation.

Chemist William Lester Honored by the International Association of Top Professionals

Chemist William Lester Honored by the International Association of Top Professionals

William Lester currently serves as a professor and associate dean in the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the associate director and faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Four African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Four African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Gilda Barabino dean of engineering at City College of New York, Lovoria Williams, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Kentucky, WIlliam M. Jackson Jr., professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, and Nicole R. Howard of the University of Redlands.