Appointments

Two Universities Announced the Appointment of African American Deans

Two Universities Announced the Appointment of African American Deans

Sandra Miles will be the next dean of students and vice provost for student affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Camelia Moses Okpodu was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Seven African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles at Universities

Seven African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles at Universities

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.

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

The new initiative to honor Dr. Watkins at Tennessee State will have several components; an endowed scholarship fund for pre-med students, a lecture series on health care and STEM education, and on-campus societies to aid pre-med and STEM students.

New Assignments for Two African American Scholars

New Assignments for Two African American Scholars

Tony Gaskew was promoted to full professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and K. Matthew Dames was appointed Boston University Librarian, effective July 1.

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

This year the American Philosophical Society granted membership to 27 individuals. Of these, it appears that only one of the new members is an African American: Kara Walker, who holds the Tepper Family Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Two African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions

Two African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions

LeAnna Rice was appointed director of the African, Latino, Asian, Native American (ALANA) Center at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and Kelvin Bentley was named assistant vice president for digital learning and innovation at the University of West Florida.

Five African Americans Assigned to Dean Positions

Five African Americans Assigned to Dean Positions

The five Black scholars appointed to dean posts are Rochelle L. Ford at Elon University in North Carolina, Emile M. Townes at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Darryl Scriven at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Tomiko Brown-Nagin at Harvard University, and Laura Kohn-Wood at the University of Miami.

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new positions or duties are Trina Jones at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, C. Fred Higgs III at Rice University in Houston, and James L. Moore III at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

The honorees are Carver Randle Sr., a practicing attorney who is a long-time supporter and former special assistant to the president of Mississippi Valley State University, and Wayne J. Riley former president of Meharry Medical College, who now serves as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

New Administrative Posts for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Posts 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.

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Newly appointed to positions as deans are George Nnanna at the University of Texas-Permian Basin, Bridget Terry Long at Harvard University, Thomas LaVeist at Tulane University in New Orleans, and Clarence Long at the University of Kansas.

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Taking on new roles are Earlise C. Ward at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gary C. Bennett at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Samiya Bashir at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Two African American Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two African American Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Fatimah Stone was appointed interim director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Delaware and Rossanna Contreras-Godfrey was appointed director of the Office of Learning to Learn at Boston College.

Two African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

Two African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

Deanna Dixon was promoted to dean of admission at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and John A. Kuykendall was appointed dean of the School of Education at the University of Indianapolis.

Princeton's Tera Hunter Wins Book Award From the Organization of American Historians

Princeton’s Tera Hunter Wins Book Award From the Organization of American Historians

Tera W. Hunter, a professor of history and African American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, has been awarded the Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History from the Organization of American Historians.

Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Donica Thomas Varner was named general counsel at Oberlin College in Ohio. Genyne Royal was appointed assistant dean for student success at Michigan State University and Jermaine Truax will be the next director of athletics and recreation at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Esther Ngumbi, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, Gerald Williams, interim director of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at Valdosta State University in Georgia, and Ismail H. Abdullahi, an associate professor of library science at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Louisville

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Louisville

Dr. Emmanuel Collins is currently the John H. Seely Professor and chair of the department of mechanical engineering, in the College of Engineering jointly operated by Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Terri Norton at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Prince Duren at Jackson State University, Sheretta Butler-Barnes at Washington University in St. Louis, Nathan De’Shon Myers at Arizona State University, Alicia Graf Mack at The Julliard School, and Tayari Jones at Emory University in Atlanta.

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Gloria Billingsley of Jackson State University in Mississippi, Sandra McGee of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, and Janice Jackson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

New Administrative Positions for Five African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for Five African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Dustin Fulton at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Cynthia W. Roseberry at Wilberforce University in Ohio, Lanze J. Thompson at Clark Atlanta University, Douglas R. Allen II at Kentucky State University, and Carlton Green at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, was honored recently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new assignments are Valerie Babb at Emory University in Atlanta, Amandu Jacky Kaba at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Kimberly Hardy at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Emile Diouf at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tulane's Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Tulane’s Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, will receive the fiction award at the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award ceremony in Cleveland this September. She is the only woman to win two National Book Awards.

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new duties are Nsombi B. Ricketts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Renita Miller at Princeton University in New Jersey, Keith E. Hall at Azusa Pacific University in California, Neijma Celestine-Donnor at the University of Maryland, and Lisa Griffin at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University in Missouri has announced that it is establishing the Norman A. White Lecture that will present speakers “who embody the spirit of and commitment to social justice possessed by the late Saint Louis University faculty member.” Dr. White died last December at the age of 64.

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae is an assistant professor of writing in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City. McCrae joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2017 after teaching for three years at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Two African American Men In New Faculty Posts in Higher Education

Two African American Men In New Faculty Posts in Higher Education

Theaster Gates was named visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and Tryan L. McMickens was promoted to associate professor of higher education at Suffolk University in Boston.

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Dr. Ford teaches in the department of special education and holds a joint appointment in the department of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt. She holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at the university’s Peabody College of education and human development.

A Pair of African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

A Pair of African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

William C. McCoy was appointed director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University in South Carolina and Valerie Bailey Fischer was appointed chaplain at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Henri Ford to Be the New Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine

Henri Ford to Be the New Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Ford is professor of surgery and vice chair for clinical affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. In 2011, he was honored by the American Association of Medical Colleges for his humanitarian work following the major earthquake in Haiti.

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead has been selected to receive the 2019 Stone Award for Literacy Achievement from Oregon State University. The award is presented to an American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and has been a mentor to young writers.

Four African Americans Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are John Silvanus Wilson Jr. at Harvard University, Moryah Jackson at Clemson University in South Carolina, Kijua Sanders-McMurty at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and A.L. Fleming at Albany State University in Georgia.

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Zakiya Holmes Leggett of North Carolina State University, Cynthia Nance of the University of Arkansas School of Law, and Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont.

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

Professor Aashir Nasim has been given the added duties as vice president for inclusive excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Zollie Stevenson an associate professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, was appointed vice president for academic affairs.

Tulane University's Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

Tulane University’s Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

The five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award in fiction have been announced by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C. One of the five finalists is an African American: Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.