Bethel University's Claudia May Wins Award for Christian Children's Book

Bethel University’s Claudia May Wins Award for Christian Children’s Book

The award-winning book is the first in a series that follows the story of a young Black girl named Winnie, whose relationship with the God she calls Papa empowers her to live with remarkable love, curiosity, and bravery.

HBCU Partners With Local Community Colleges to Establish Pipeline for Aviation Students

HBCU Partners With Local Community Colleges to Establish Pipeline for Aviation Students

Historically Black Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina has partnered with three North Carolina community colleges to establish a pipeline program that will bring community college transfer students to ECSU’s signature aviation science program.

New Assignments for Three African American Scholars

New Assignments for Three African American Scholars

Taking on new roles are Channing L. Moreland who has joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Emmanuel K. Asiamah, who has been appointed assistant professor of animal science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Omari H. Swinton of Howard University who is the new president of the National Economic Association.

Southern University Aims to Boost the Number of Male Teachers From Underrepresented Groups

Southern University Aims to Boost the Number of Male Teachers From Underrepresented Groups

The School of Education at Southern University recently hosted a week-long residency program for high school students with the goal of interesting these students in careers as teachers in the public schools.

A Trio of African Americans in Higher Education Who Have Received Honors or Awards

A Trio of African Americans in Higher Education Who Have Received Honors or Awards

The honorees are Brian Culp, a professor in College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, Keith Berry, dean of academic affairs of the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College in Florida, and Mary E. Silas, former president of Kentucky State University.

Morgan State University Announces Partnership With The Wall Street Journal

Morgan State University Announces Partnership With The Wall Street Journal

The partnership will involve an exchange of classroom instruction, mentoring and newsroom visits for a selection of students and faculty, both in New York and on Morgan’s campus in Baltimore. One faculty member will be embedded in the newsroom during the summer.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties 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.

Black Doll Found Hanging From a Shower Rod in a Residence Hall at Eastern Michigan University

Black Doll Found Hanging From a Shower Rod in a Residence Hall at Eastern Michigan University

The student who hung the doll insisted that it was merely “a prank.” The president of the university called the incident “a racist act” and turned over the results of the university’s investigation to local prosecutors.

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.

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.

New Residence Hall at James Madison University Will Honor Paul Jennings Who Was Enslaved

New Residence Hall at James Madison University Will Honor Paul Jennings Who Was Enslaved

Jennings was the personal “manservant” for James Madison on his estate in Virginia and also in Washington, D.C. After Madison’s death, Jennings secured his freedom and worked in the U.S. Pension Office.

Four Academic Powerhouses Join Forces to Study Racial Issues in the Humanities

Four Academic Powerhouses Join Forces to Study Racial Issues in the Humanities

Academic centers at four leading universities have entered into a partnership to investigate the connections between the study of race and racism and academic fields in the humanities. The four participating institutions are Yale University, Stanford University, Brown University and the University of Chicago.

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.

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Under the agreement, University of Minnesota faculty members and graduate students will travel to Africa to serve as lecturers and to mentor students. Officials hope that the new partnership will funnel African students to graduate programs in mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Five African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Academia

Five African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Academia

Those stepping down from their posts are Nicole Prudent at the Boston University School of Medicine, Blake D. Morant, dean of the law school at George Washington University, Frankie Jeffries at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Michael Adewumi at Pennsylvania State University, and Willie Hill Jr. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles

The African American scholars who are taking on new assignments are Leelannee Malin of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Chris Lebron of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, John Gates at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Monica Baskin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Avis Proctor Named President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois

Avis Proctor Named President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois

Currently, Dr. Proctor serves a president of the North Campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. She has 25 years of experience working in multicultural environments as an mathematics educator and academic administrator.

Blacks Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Faculty Posts

Blacks Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Faculty Posts

In 2017, Blacks made up 5.5 percent of all instructional faculty members in U.S. higher education. Eight years earlier in 2009, Blacks were 5.4 percent of all instructional faculty. In 2017, Blacks were only 3.8 percent of all full professors.

Linda Darling-Hammond Appointed President of the California State Board of Education

Linda Darling-Hammond Appointed President of the California State Board of Education

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Emerita at Stanford University. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

New Census Data Shows a Large Racial Gap in Attrition Rates in College Enrollments

New Census Data Shows a Large Racial Gap in Attrition Rates in College Enrollments

In October 2017, there were 719,000 African American first-year students, 664,000 African Americans in their second year, 608,000 in their third year and 324,000 African Americans in their fourth year of college.

Warren Washington Wins the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Warren Washington Wins the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

The award, administered by the University of Southern California, recognizes passionate environmental science dedication across a spectrum of environmental research fields. It is the premiere international award for environmental science and is often referred to as the “Nobel for the Environment.”

New Report Offers a Wealth of Data on the Status of African Americans in Higher Education

New Report Offers a Wealth of Data on the Status of African Americans in Higher Education

The American Council on Education recently released a 336-page report on the status of underrepresented groups in higher education. Data on college and graduate student enrollments, persistence, graduation, student debt, faculty, and employment and earnings of college graduates is included in the report.

First African-American Graduate of Oklahoma State University Honored With Life-Size Statue

First African-American Graduate of Oklahoma State University Honored With Life-Size Statue

Nancy Randolph Davis, the first African-American student to attend what was then Oklahoma A&M College, has been honored with a life-size sculpture outside the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

The University of the Virgin Islands Becomes First HBCU to Provide Free Tuition

The University of the Virgin Islands Becomes First HBCU to Provide Free Tuition

In order to receive free tuition, students will need to have a 2.5 grade point average and be a resident of the Virgin Islands. Additionally, they will have to take part in community service projects within seven years of graduating.

Four Black Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

Four Black Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

Appointed to dean posts are Adrienne C. Webber at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Tameka Angela Harper at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Enku Gelaye at Emory University in Alabama, and Valerie Ashby at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

North Carolina A&T State University Establishes Three New Centers of Excellence

North Carolina A&T State University Establishes Three New Centers of Excellence

The three centers will conduct research in cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Interim directors have been named for the three new centers. Two of the interim directors are African Americans.

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award recognizes the outstanding work of rising African-American fiction writers. Brinkley’s book is a collection of nine short stories set in familiar places from his childhood, Brooklyn and the South Bronx. The author is the Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Syracuse University College of Law Partners with Three HBCUs to Increase Student Diversity

Syracuse University College of Law Partners with Three HBCUs to Increase Student Diversity

Students completing the program will receive a bachelor’s degree from an HBCU and a juris doctorate from the College of Law at Syracuse University.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education  for Five African Americans

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Taking on new oles are Shakenna K. Williams at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Fatima Rodriguez Johnson at Canisius College in Buffalo, DeIrish Moss at Florida International University, Wendy Wilson at Albany State University in Georgia, and Dwala Tooms at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

In Memoriam: Manderline W. Scales, 1927-2019

In Memoriam: Manderline W. Scales, 1927-2019

After 20 years in the public schools of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Scales joined the staff at historically Black Winston-Salem State University. She served as dean of women, director of student affairs and assistant vice chancellor of student affairs and development.

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.

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 Arkansas Names Residence Halls After Its First African American Faculty Members

University of Arkansas Names Residence Halls After Its First African American Faculty Members

Dr. Margaret Clark began her teaching career at the University of Arkansas in 1969 and taught world languages and education. Dr. Gordon Morgan was hired as an assistant professor in the department of sociology in 1969 and eventually worked his way up to the rank of University Professor.

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.

Saint Elmo Brady Honored With a National Historical Chemical Landmark

Saint Elmo Brady Honored With a National Historical Chemical Landmark

Professor Brady was the first African American to earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. He will be honored with plaques at the University of Illinois, where he earned his doctorate, and at schools where he served on the faculty: Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Tougaloo College.

In Memoriam: David Williams II, 1947-2019

In Memoriam: David Williams II, 1947-2019

Williams 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. Profesor Williams had also taught at the university’s law school since 2000.