Faculty

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Embarking on New Assignments

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Embarking on New Assignments

The three women scholars who are taking on new duties are Joelle A. Murchison of the University of Connecticut, Marietta Simpson, a Rudy Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Erica Cooper of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

William Kisaalita Named a University Professor at the University of Georgia

William Kisaalita Named a University Professor at the University of Georgia

William Kisaalita, the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has been named a University Professor at the University of Georgia. He has served as chair of biological engineering and as associate director of the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Three African American Scholars in New Academic Roles at Colleges and Universities

Three African American Scholars in New Academic Roles at Colleges and Universities

Jeff Scott was appointed associate professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Constance Meadors was appointed associate professor of engineering at the Univesity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Nisha Botchwey, an associate professor, was appointed associate dean of academic programs in professional education at Georgia Tech.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Bunmi O. Olatunji was appointed to the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Social and Natural Sciences and Duane G. Watson was appointed to the Frank W. Mayborn Chair at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Jane Andayi Opiri has joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Donald Mitchell Jr., a professor of higher education, was named chief diversity officer at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Latesha Warren was promoted at Georgia Gwinnett College and Professor Anne Mungai was named associate provost at Adelphi University in New York.

Two Black Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Two Black Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Sekile M. Nzinga has been gi en the added duties of interim chief diversity officer and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and Karleah Harris has been appointed assistant professor in the department of human sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

The Black women scholars who have been assigned new responsibilities are Teresa Y. Smith at the SUNYb Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, Toni Sims-Muhammad at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, and Stephanie White at the University of Kentucky.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new roles are Jacqueline Jones LaMon at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, Gavin Washington of Kentucky State University, Brandy Faulkner at Virginia Tech, Jacqueline Hill at Bowie State University in Maryland, and Lisa E. Farrington at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The Black faculty members in new roles are Brenda S. Faison at North Carolina Central University, Jacquelyn Meshelemiah at Ohio State University, Colin Martin at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tera Jordan at iowa State University, and Yvette Butler at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Three African American Scholars to Assume Department Chairs at College and Universities

Three African American Scholars to Assume Department Chairs at College and Universities

Tonya Butler was appointed chair of music business and management at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Samuel Johnson was named interim chair of the department of radiology at Wayne State University in Detroit and Tracy Dunbar will head the agriculture department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Syracuse University Announces New Efforts to Boost Faculty Diversity

Syracuse University Announces New Efforts to Boost Faculty Diversity

The new initiatives will provide academic departments with funds from the central administration to share a greater proportion of the costs of new hires from underrepresented groups.

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

There are currently 56 African Americans (6.2 percent) in the latest 900-member class at Harvard Business School. At the present time, only two of the 100 tenured faculty members are Black.

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Simone T.A. Phipps, of Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Thelma Hurd at the University of California, Merced, and Raegan W. Durant, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Simmons University

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Simmons University

The School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, has appointed two Black scholars to endowed professorships. They are Johnnie Hamilton-Mason and Hugo Kamya.

Yale Renews Faculty Diversity Effort for Another Five Years

Yale Renews Faculty Diversity Effort for Another Five Years

There are 85 Black ladder faculty at Yale. They make up 3.2 percent of all tenured or tenure-track faculty. In 2018, eight Black ladder faculty were hired, making up 3 percent of all new hires. Eight Black ladder faculty left Yale in 2017.

Three African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Three African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Mignon R. Moore was promoted to full professor of sociology at Barnard College in New York. Professor Suzanne Weekes was named associate dean at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Tracy L. Jackson will direct the physicians assistant program at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.

Sub-Saharan African Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Sub-Saharan African Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2015-16 academic year, there were 2,057 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is up 3.4 percent from the 2014-15 academic year. But the long-term trend is down.

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Leon Prieto of Clayton State University in Georgia was named an associate research fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Adrienne Morgan was appointed as an associate vice president of equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester and Professor Calvin R. Walker was named executive vice chancellor at Southern University in Louisiana.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Undertaking New Assignments in Higher Education

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Undertaking New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Renita W. Marshall at Southern Univerity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, André J. Thomas at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Chassidy Bozeman at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Akinwumi Ogundiran at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Four Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The four scholars beginning new duties are Sheria D. Rowe at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Alvin Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adia Harvey Wingfield at Washington University in St. Louis, and Nicole Mitchell at the University of Pittsburgh.

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Darren Gibson at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, CharLynda Williams-Devine at Fisk University in Nashville, Deanna Lawson at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Yannick Marshall at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Bunmi Olatunji was named associate dean of academic affairs at the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University. Monica Lynn Miles has been named associate director of the University at Buffalo’s Great Lakes Program and Pamela Johnson Rowsey was appointed to a named professorship at UNC-Greensboro.

Four African Americans Join Georgia State's College of Education and Human Development

Four African Americans Join Georgia State’s College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University had added four African Americans to its faculty. They are Natalie Davis, Charity Gordon, Jonte Myers, and Nickolaus Ortiz.

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit dedicated to engineering education, the seven Black women faculty members in engineering are the most among the 338 four-year degree-granting engineering schools in the United States.

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

Taking on new roles are L. Trenton S. Marsh at the University of Central Florida, Nadya Mason at the University of Illinois, Ariel James at Malcaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Keena Arbuthnot at Louisiana State University, and Trevon Logan at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sean Seymore Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University

Sean Seymore Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University

Professor Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.

A Trio of African American Women Faculty Taking on New Roles

A Trio of African American Women Faculty Taking on New Roles

Tiffany A. Butler was named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Amanda Wilkerson is a new assistant professor of higher education at the University of Central Florida and La Tanya Rogers was appointed associate professor of English and literature at Fisk University.

Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching roles are LaTasha Moody-Love at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Billy R. Bennett at Bowie State University in Maryland, and Donna Hylton at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

University of Kentucky Adds Six New Faculty in African American and Africana Studies

University of Kentucky Adds Six New Faculty in African American and Africana Studies

Cluster hiring — hiring multiple scholars into one or more departments based on shared research interest — is a way to advance the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, while also fostering a learning environment dedicated to collaboration and engagement.

Six Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Six Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new roles are Bevlee Watford at Virginia Tech, Oladele Ogunseitan at the University of California, Irvine, Camelia Okpodu at Xavier University of Louisiana, Berneece Hebert at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Anthony Donaldson at the University of the South, and Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson at Hampton University.

Three Black Women Join the Faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut as Assistant Professors

Three Black Women Join the Faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut as Assistant Professors

Wesleyan University, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Middletown Connecticut, has announced that there are 16 new tenure or tenure-track faculty on campus this fall. Three of the new faculty members are Black women: Kaisha Esty in African American studies, Laverne Melón in biology, and Chinwe Ezinna Oriji in sociology.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Positions at Universities

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Positions at Universities

Lloyd Benjamin Mallory Jr. was named an assistant professor of music at Kentucky State University. Velma McBride Murry has been named University Professor at Vanderbilt University and Ilesanmi Adeboye was promoted to associate professor of mathematics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The five faculty members taking on new duties are Olga Davis at Arizona State University, Monique L. Akassi at Talladega College in Alabama, Rodney Priestly at Princeton University in New Jersey, Phillip L. Pointer at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Edwin Thomas at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties are LaKami Baker at Auburn University in Alabama, Ikemefuna Agbanusi at Colorado College, Sheryl Kennedy Haydel at Louisiana State University, Anthony Troy Adams at Kentucky State University, and January O’Neil at the University of Mississippi.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

The four Black faculty members who are taking on new roles are Ravi Perry at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Kathleen Dorsey Bellow at Xavier University in New Orleans, Narketta Sparkman-Key at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and Rodney Priestly at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Penn State Hires Nine Scholars in African American or Diaspora Studies

Penn State Hires Nine Scholars in African American or Diaspora Studies

Pennsylvania State University has announced that it has hired nine scholars who will all be affiliated with the university’s department of African American studies. Seven of the nine hires are Black scholars.