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Four Black Scholars Taking on New Academic Duties at Major Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Academic Duties at Major Universities

Taking on new assignments are John Rickford at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Michelle Harding at Virginia Tech, Natoya Haskins at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Robert T. Listenbee at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

New Faculty Assignments for Five African American Scholars

New Faculty Assignments for Five African American Scholars

The five Black scholars in new faculty roles are Tomisha Brock at Clark Atlanta University, Lolita Buckner Inniss at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Myra Greene at Spelman College in Atlanta, Thomas Bynum at Cleveland State University, and Linda M. Burton at Duke University.

Two Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Two Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Kalenda Eaton was appointed to an endowed chair at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and Michael K. Addo was named director of the London Global Gateway Law Program of the Notre Dame Law School.

Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments

Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments

The faculty members taking on new roles are Dineo Khabele at the University of Kansas Health System, Cullen Buie at MIT, Ingrid M. Nembhard at Yale University, Cherlon Ussery at Carleton College in Minnesota, and Kami Chavis at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Rachel L. Swarns will join the faculty at New York University. Jennifer Hamer, a professor at the University of Kansas, will serve as vice provost for diversity. Autumn Womack was hired to the faculty at Princeton and Ibram X. Kendi is joining the faculty at American University.

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby, a professor of philosophy was named the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy. Professor Shelby joined the Harvard University faculty in 2000. Earlier, he taught at Ohio State University.

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Kevin L. Shropshire, and expert on the business of sports, has agreed to join the faculty at Arizona State University and Thomas Wilkins will be joining the faculty at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

They are: Reighan A. Gillam at the University of Southern California, Barbara D. Savage of the University of Pennsylvania, Todne Thomas at Harvard University, Sandra Crewe of Howard University, and Kyla Day Fletcher of Kalamazoo College.

Black Students and Faculty at North American Theological Schools

Black Students and Faculty at North American Theological Schools

Blacks make up 12.6 percent of all students at the 270 member institutions of the Association of Theological Schools. But Blacks are only 7.7 percent of the faculties at these schools.

Professor Eulanda Sanders Named Department Chair at Iowa State University

Professor Eulanda Sanders Named Department Chair at Iowa State University

Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University, was named chair of the department of apparel, events, and hospitality management at the university. She joined the university’s faculty in 2012 after teaching at Colorado State University.

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

Berkita Bradford is the new chair of the hospitality management department at Virginia State University and Rosevelt Noble, senior lecturer in sociology at Vanderbilt University, was named director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at the university.

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

The search committee is looking for a scholar “with an established academic profile of distinction and a demonstrated desire to promote the rule of law through the study of civil rights.”

New Assignments for Two Black Faculty Members

New Assignments for Two Black Faculty Members

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor was promoted to associate professor of history and granted tenure at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Oladiran Fasina was named chair of the department of biosystems engineering at Auburn University in Alabama.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Three Black Scholars

New Assignments in Higher Education for Three Black Scholars

The Black scholars in new roles are Renee A. Middleton at Ohio University in Athens, Abi Williams at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Jamel K. Donnor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Two African American Scholars Appointed to Named Professorships at Ivy League Universities

Two African American Scholars Appointed to Named Professorships at Ivy League Universities

Mark Anthony Gooden was named the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College of Columbia University and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey was appointed the 19th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Four Black Faculty Members Named to New Posts

Four Black Faculty Members Named to New Posts

Taking on new assignments are Nikki M. Taylor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Maurice Edington at Florida A&M University, Joseph Watson Jr. at the University of Georgia, and Kevin Blackistone at the University of Maryland.

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Indiana University has announced the appointment of nine scholars to the rank of Distinguished Professor. This is the highest academic rank at the university. One of the nine scholars named a Distinguished Professor is an African American.

Mohamed Camara to Chair the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University

Mohamed Camara to Chair the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University

Dr. Camara has been serving as associate vice president for academics, speaker of the Faculty Senate, and director of the McNair Scholars Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new faculty roles are Raina Merchant at the University of Pennsylvania, Norman Anderson at Florida State University, Kristie Williams at Ursuline College in Ohio, and Keisha R. Callins at Mercer University in Georgia.

Conference Aimed to Enhance the Careers of Black Women Faculty Members

Conference Aimed to Enhance the Careers of Black Women Faculty Members

The conference, “Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power, and Presence in the Academy,” held in Atlanta this past weekend, was organized by four faculty members at Mississippi State University.

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Jackson’s appointment includes duties in the departments of English and history as well as the Center for Africana Studies. He plans on establishing a new institute to preserve and showcase the arts, history, and culture of the city of Baltimore.

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

New Appointments for Three Black Scholars

Taking on new duties are Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a professor and president at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Brenda Marie Osbey at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, and William Hart at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ten Universities Join Forces to Address the Issue of Faculty Diversity

Ten Universities Join Forces to Address the Issue of Faculty Diversity

The 10 members of the group are the University of Texas at Arlington, Cornell University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, Boston University, Iowa State University, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Professor Carol Swain to Leave Her Faculty Post at Vanderbilt University

Professor Carol Swain to Leave Her Faculty Post at Vanderbilt University

Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and a professor at the Vanderbilt Law School, has announced that she will leave the university in August. Professor Swain said “I will not miss what American universities have allowed themselves to become.”

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Two Black Scholars Given Additional Roles at Major Universities

Harry J. Elam, a professor of humanities at Stanford, was named vice president for the arts at the university and Nefertiti Walker, an assistant professor of sports management will serve as director of diversity and inclusion for the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Adia Harvey Wingfield to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

Adia Harvey Wingfield to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

Adia Harvey Wingfield, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, was named president-elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society, an organization dedicated to improving the social position of women through feminist sociological research and writing.

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

The university has hired Shaun R. Harper to lead the new initiative and to serve as the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in Urban Leadership. Currently, Professor Harper is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity at the University of Pennsylvania.

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Black Scholar From the University of California, Davis Is Heading to Oxford

Wale Adebanwi, an associate professor of African American and African studies at the University of California, Davis, will be leaving his post at the end of the academic year to assume the Rhodes Professorship in Race Relations in the School of African and Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford University.

A Quartet of African American Scholars in New Faculty Posts

A Quartet of African American Scholars in New Faculty Posts

The African Americans in new faculty positions are Rashida K. Braggs at Williams College in Massachusetts, Prentiss A. Dantzler at Colorado College, Beronda Montgomery at Michigan State University, and Norman Anderson at Florida State University.

Jazz Musician Named to an Endowed Chair at Arizona State University

Jazz Musician Named to an Endowed Chair at Arizona State University

Lewis Nash is an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer. Professor Nash has performed on 10 Grammy-winning performances and has a resume that includes more than 400 recordings.

Vanderbilt University's New Website Aims to Promote Inclusion for Faculty Members

Vanderbilt University’s New Website Aims to Promote Inclusion for Faculty Members

The purpose of the new website is to provide a clear and accessible resource for faculty in support of the university’s efforts to enhance Vanderbilt as a welcoming, supportive and inclusive academic community.

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Cooper has been serving as the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at the university. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and will now establish a new Institute for Equity and Health.

New Faculty Roles at Major Universities for Three Black Scholars

New Faculty Roles at Major Universities for Three Black Scholars

Sherine O. Obare, professor of chemistry at Western Michigan University was given a new administrative post. Professor Jay Hoggard was awarded tenure at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Tarell Alvin McCraney was appointed chair of the department of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Posts in Academia

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Posts in Academia

The three African American faculty members appointed to new positions are Donald R. Easton-Brooks of the University of South Dakota, Tiphanie Yanique at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Laurence Ralph at Princeton University in New Jersey.

A New Postdoctoral Fellows Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Academia

A New Postdoctoral Fellows Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Academia

The university’s Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship will emphasize academic research and scholarship, but will also include enhanced professional and leadership development training and robust mentoring.

University of Michigan Program Offers Research Opportunities for African Scholars

University of Michigan Program Offers Research Opportunities for African Scholars

The University of Michigan’s African Presidential Scholars program brings early-career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a period of four to six months. This fall, there are 12 African scholars on campus.