Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

University of Massachusetts' New Fellows Program Aims to Boost Diversity in Its Graduate School

University of Massachusetts’ New Fellows Program Aims to Boost Diversity in Its Graduate School

The Spaulding-Smith STEM Fellowship Program is named for Major Franklin Spaulding, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, and Elizabeth Hight Smith, who in 1905, was the first woman to earn a graduate degree at the university.

Thousands of People at Vanderbilt University Receive Racist Emails

Thousands of People at Vanderbilt University Receive Racist Emails

Thousands of students faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt University received racist emails from a White supremacist group. The university was able to discover that the emails were sent from external systems using sophisticated masking techniques to hide who sent the messages.

Oakwood University's Aeolians Triumph at the World Choir Games

Oakwood University’s Aeolians Triumph at the World Choir Games

The Aeolians Choir of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, has performed throughout the world and has achieved tremendous success in national and international competitions. The recently added three gold medals from the World Choir Games to their trophy case.

Bryn Mawr College Takes Action to Confront the Racism of a Former President

Bryn Mawr College Takes Action to Confront the Racism of a Former President

M. Carey Thomas served as the second president of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania from 1884 to 1922. During this period she refused to admit Black students and refused to hire Jewish faculty.

A Check-Up of Black Students In Nursing Degree Programs

A Check-Up of Black Students In Nursing Degree Programs

Nationwide about 12 percent of the working nurses are African Americans. But data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows that the Black percentage of students in bachelor’s degree programs is declining. But there have been big gains by Blacks in graduate nursing programs.

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claudia V. Schrader was appointed president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Schrader has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College.

University Study Finds Higher Tobacco Advertising in Ethnic Neighborhoods

University Study Finds Higher Tobacco Advertising in Ethnic Neighborhoods

The, study lead by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that tobacco products are more aggressively marketed in Black and Latino neighborhoods of the city of Milwaukee than is the case in White neighborhoods. It appears that children are often the targets of the marketing.

Is Saint Augustine's University on the Ropes?

Is Saint Augustine’s University on the Ropes?

Recently, a published report stated that trustees of the university feared that the university was on the verge of closure. But President Everett Ward stated that he is confidant that the university will be able to show the acrediting body that the university is back on the right track.

New Database to Document Poverty Rates by Race at the Neighborhood Level

New Database to Document Poverty Rates by Race at the Neighborhood Level

The National Equity Research Database (NERD) will be able to show poverty rate data by rate for specific neighborhoods. Preliminary data for the Boston area has been analyzed by researchers at Brandeis University showing the Black poverty rate is as high as nine times the rate for Whites.

Johnnie L. Early II Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

Johnnie L. Early II Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

For the past 18 years, Dr. Early has been dean at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Earlier in his career, Dr. Early was an assistant professor of pharmacy at Florida A&M University.

Tuskegee University Receives the Photographic Archives of Prentice H. Polk

Tuskegee University Receives the Photographic Archives of Prentice H. Polk

Prentice H. Polk was one of the most influential photographers of his time. Much of Polk’s work was centered around Tuskegee Institute, and celebrated family life, national and local elite individuals, and specific events occurring on campus.

University of Arkansas Scholar Edits Journal Issue on Developing Human Resources

University of Arkansas Scholar Edits Journal Issue on Developing Human Resources

Claretha Hughes, an associate professor of human resource and workforce development at the University of Arkansas, was honored by being selected to be the editor of the August issue of the journal Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Cheyney University Creates the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

Cheyney University Creates the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Epcot Crenshaw are among the initial partners in the newly formed institute at historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Starbucks Foundation also will partner with the institute on a future research project.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and 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.

Alcorn State University to Offer a New Master's Degree Program in NCAA Compliance

Alcorn State University to Offer a New Master’s Degree Program in NCAA Compliance

Alcorn State says that the new master’s degree program in NCAA compliance and academic progress rate reporting is the first of its kind in the nation. The university will also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate program in the field.

Two African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments at HBCUs

Two African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments at HBCUs

April L. Jones was appointed chair of the department of social work at Tuskegee University in Alabama and Monique L. Akassi was named associate provost for faculty affairs at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Four Finalists Selected for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Four Finalists Selected for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

The Frederick Douglass Book Prize recognizes the best book on slavery, resistance, and/or abolition published in the preceding year. It comes with a $25,000 award. The winner of the prize will be announced this fall and be presented in a ceremony in New York City on February 28, 2019.

Oregon State University Changes Building Names That Honored Proponents of Slavery

Oregon State University Changes Building Names That Honored Proponents of Slavery

Last fall, Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, announced that the university would change the names of three buildings on campus because the people for whom the buildings had been named had expressed support for the institution of slavery. The university recently announced the name changes.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Princeton University Brings HBCU Students to Campus to Garner Interest in Archival Research

Princeton University Brings HBCU Students to Campus to Garner Interest in Archival Research

Last month, Princeton University in New Jersey held its inaugural Archives Research and Collaborative (ARCH) program on campus. Fourteen students from five historically Black colleges and universities spent five days on the Princeton campus with the goal of interesting them in careers in archives research.

Employee of Smith College Calls the Police After Seeing a Black Student in a Common Room

Employee of Smith College Calls the Police After Seeing a Black Student in a Common Room

The student was sitting in a common room on campus eating her lunch. The employee, who the college has not named, called police to say that an individual who “seemed to be out of place” was on campus.

In Memoriam: John Kenneth Lee, 1923-2018

In Memoriam: John Kenneth Lee, 1923-2018

J. Kenneth Lee, was a prominent civil rights attorney who was one of five African American students who in 1951 enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Earlier he had taught at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Only about 4 percent of research librarians are members of ethnic and racial minorities. A group of 36 university libraries are participating in an effort to raise that figure.

How Student Loan Debt Impacts the Racial Wealth Gap Years After Students Complete College

How Student Loan Debt Impacts the Racial Wealth Gap Years After Students Complete College

The study of nearly 1,500 young adults, led by a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, found that Black and Hispanic students who had accumulated student loan debt during their college years had, at age 30, $36,000 less in net worth than their peers who did not have student loan debt.

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Oliver is the former president of Mississippi Valley State University. Earlier, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College and vice president for academic affairs at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has also been on the faculty at Elon University in North Carolina.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Aim to Preserve Slave Records

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Aim to Preserve Slave Records

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has undertaken a research project entitled “People Not Property.” The goal of the project is to digitize slave deeds in 26 counties across North Carolina. These deeds contain information about the slaves’ names, age, family, and skills.

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Dr. Thompson is currently the Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory at the university.

Scholar Looks to Improve Data Science for Analyzing the Language Used by African Americans

Scholar Looks to Improve Data Science for Analyzing the Language Used by African Americans

Su Lin Blodgett’s research is focused on improving English language parsing tools relating to words, phrases, and alternate spellings used by millions of African Americans on social media.

College of Charleston Drops, Then Reinstates, a "Second Look" for Applicants of Color

College of Charleston Drops, Then Reinstates, a “Second Look” for Applicants of Color

In 2016, the admissions office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina discontinued the practice of conducting an additional review of applications from students of color who were not initially recommended for admission. That “second look” has now been reinstated.

Howard University Partners With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Diversify Business Leadership

Howard University Partners With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Diversify Business Leadership

The partnership will focus on four main programs. An internship program for Howard students at the Chamber has already been established. There will be a business executive speaker series, a research program provided by the Chamber; and an innovation and entrepreneurship development program.

Two Black Male Scholars Appointed to Positions as Dean at State Universities

Two Black Male Scholars Appointed to Positions as Dean at State Universities

Peter Aghimien is the new dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University in Houston and Lincoln Gibbs was named interim dean of the College of Health Professions at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Virginia State University Sets Up Incubator Farm in Culpepper County

Virginia State University Sets Up Incubator Farm in Culpepper County

The Small Farm Outreach Program, part of Cooperative Extension Services at Virginia State University, will provide fertilizer, seeds, hand and power gardening tools, personnel to provide training and technical assistance, and financial assistance.

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

John Watson, an associate professor at American University in Washington, D.C., was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and civil rights icon and former U.N. ambassador and mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, will be honored by the Georgia Institute of Technology.