Appointments

Three Women Join the African American and African Studies Department at Michigan State

Three Women Join the African American and African Studies Department at Michigan State

Three new scholars in the department of African American and African studies at Michigan State University – Trimiko Melancon, LeConté Dill, and Gianina K. Lockley – will help strengthen and broaden the base of expertise in the department bringing a focus on Black feminisms, Black genders studies, and Black sexualities studies.   

Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Takin on new duties are Dennis Mitchell at Columbia University, Nandi A. Marshall at Georgia Southern University, Allison Leggett at the University of California, Los Angeles, Bryan Dewsbury at Florida International University in Miami, and Djamali Muhoza at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

A Group of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

A Group of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Bronté Burleigh-Jones at American University in Washington, D.C., Richard L. Lucas, Jr. at Clark Atlanta University, Monique Guillory at the University of the District of Columbia, Ebony Marsala at Boston College, William Jones Jr. at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Richie Hunter at the University of Oregon.

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.

Four Universitiies Annouce the Appointment of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Four Universitiies Annouce the Appointment of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles as diversity administrators are Cerri A. Banks at Syracuse University in New York, Levon T. Esters at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Wanda B. Knight at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, and Katrice A. Albert at the University of Kentucky.

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.

A Trio of Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

A Trio of Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Dedric Carter, a professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis, was named the inaugural vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer at the university. Kalenda Eaton, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will direct Oklahoma research for the Black Homesteader Project, and Bayo Akinfemi has joined the faculty at the University of Southern California.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Six African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Six African Americans

Taking on new administrative roles are Boyd Copeland at St. Louis Community College, Alecia Shields-Gadson at Delaware State University, Reginald Wilson at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida, Melissa Thrasher at Eastern Michigan University, Dawna Jones at Duke University in North Carolina, and Tammy A. Bagby at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Taking on new duties relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion are Brooke Berry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Hastings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barbara J. Lawrence at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Five African American Educators Who Are Taking on New University Assignments

Five African American Educators Who Are Taking on New University Assignments

Taking on new roles are La Toya Hart at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Ivory W. Lyles at Oregon State University, Erin H. Moore at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Leon C. Prieto at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, and Nicholl Montgomery at Simmons University in Boston.

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.

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Harriet Hobbs at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Joshua E. Humbert at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Travis Chambers at Georgia State University, Tonya G. McCall at Mississippi State University, Branville Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Ngozi F. Anachebe at Wright State University in Ohio.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

The African Americans assigned to new diversity posts are James McShay at the University of Maryland College Park, Dominique A. Quarles at Mississippi State University, Sharnnia Artis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Mel Williams Jr. at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Have Taken on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Have Taken on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Professor Marc E. Morris was named interim associate provost for academic administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Traci Griffith was named an associate professor of communications at Simmons University. Tryan L. McMickens was appointed associate professor of higher education at North Carolina Central University and Scorpio Rogers is a new vice president at Mercy College.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Taking on new roles are Alison Chandler at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Shannon Palmer at Edward Waters University in Florida, Rodney Chatman at Brown University, Liz Andrews at Spelman College in Atlanta, Lonnie Cockerham at North Carolina A&T State University, Martinique C.G. Free at American University, and Juanette Council at Fayetteville State University.

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.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

The five African Americans in new diversity posts are Adrian Smith at the Univerity of Arkansas, Tashiana Bryant-Myrick at the California Institute of Technology, Brian Barker at Florida International Universitiy, Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and raven Baxter at the University of California, Irvine.

Three African American Men in New Athletic Administration Posts at Southern State Universities

Three African American Men in New Athletic Administration Posts at Southern State Universities

Jason Cable has been hired as the director of intercollegiate athletics at Alabama State University. Trayvean Scott is the new vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Grambling State University in Louisiana and Alvin Franklin was named assistant athletic director for development at Mississippi State University.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Four Black Faculty Members

New Assignments in Higher Education for Four Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Dan Smith at the University of Delaware, KMarie King at Albany Medical College, Derris Devost-Burnett of Mississippi State University, and Bebonchu Atems at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

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.

Seven Black Administrators Who Have Been Assigned New Roles at Universities

Seven Black Administrators Who Have Been Assigned New Roles at Universities

Taking on new duties are Olufunke A. Fontenot at Fort Valley State University, Kimberly D. Clark-Shaw at Virginia Tech, Sidney Sessoms Jr. at Delaware State University, Shawna Cooper-Gibson at Boston College, Robert T. Seniors at Florida A&M University, Charlene Alexander at Ball State University, and Christie Taylor at Howard University.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Five African Americans Deans

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Five African Americans Deans

The new African American deans are Edward Thomas Jr. at Auburn University in Alabama, Katherine Whitaker at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, John Guns at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Allyssa L. Harris at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and Takeem L. Dean at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey.

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Kamilla Alexander at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Kenneth Anderson at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Lisa Armstrong at the University of California, Berkeley, Lenora Green-Turner at the University of Arkansas, Brian Simmons at Texas Southern University, and Rachel E. Bernard at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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.

New Administrative Positions for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Alonda Thomas at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Terence Peavy at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Nicole Reaves at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina, Sean Plater at Howard University, Ingenue’ Schexnider-Fields at Xavier University of Louisiana, W. Rebecca Brown at Florida A&M University, and Reggie Theus at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

Five Black Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to New Posts

Five Black Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Appointed to New Posts

Taking on new roles or titles are Shannon Clowney Johnson at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, Tracy Heather Strain at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Muriel Poston at Claremont McKenna College in California, Safiya Sinclair at Arizona State University, and Charmaine Royal at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Eight African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new jobs are Cynthia Evers at Howard University, R. Darrell Peterson at Caltech, Ashley Hodges at Notre Dame University of Maryland, Stacie Clayton at Wayne State, Vincent L. Young at Mississippi State, Kristen Smith at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Don Hunt at North Carolina State, and Kelly McMurray at Florida A&M University.

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.

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Larry P. Thomas at Pennsylvania State University, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins at Sewanee: The University of the South, Kauline Cipriani at Colorado State University, Lemuel W. Watson at Indiana University in Bloomington, and Norm Jones at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

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.

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Taking on new faculty posts are Constance Iloh at Azuza Pacific University in California, Michael McElroy at the University of Michigan, Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Lamonte Aidoo at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Julie Dash at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Seven African Americans to Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities Appoint Seven African Americans to Administrative Positions

Takin on new duties are Vincent L. Young at Mississippi State, Olga Osaghae at Howard University, Rolundus R. Rice at Rust College in Mississippi, Amy Johnson at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Emma Adebayo at Augustana College in Illinois, Brandon Howard at Huntingdon College in Alabama, and Jaide Hinds-Clarke at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

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.

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The new assistant deans for diversity at MIT are Alana Anderson in the Schwarzman College of Computing, Nandi Bynoe in the School of Engineering, Tracie Jones in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Bryan Thomas Jr. in the Sloan School of Management.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New University Faculty Assignments

Five Black Scholars Taking on New University Faculty Assignments

Taking on new roles are Garrett L. Washington at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Marjuyua Lartey at the University of Southern Mississippi, Darius Young at Florida A&M University, LaTasha Barnes at Arizona State University, and Gregory K. Freeland at California Lutheran University.