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American University Project to Examine Slavery in the Nation's Capital

American University Project to Examine Slavery in the Nation’s Capital

Mia Owens is the inaugural fellow for a new, two-year Public History Graduate Fellowship in the History of Slavery and Its Legacies in Washington, D.C. The fellowship is a partnership between The White House Historical Association and Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

Why Are African Americans So Underrepresented on Business School Faculties?

Why Are African Americans So Underrepresented on Business School Faculties?

According to the study, underrepresented minority groups comprise approximately 28 percent of the student body at U.S. business schools but only 7.5 percent of the faculty. Blacks make up just 4.1 percent of the faculty. The authors suggest that the search process is a major factor.

University Study Finding Persisting Racial Bias by Ridesharing Drivers

University Study Finding Persisting Racial Bias by Ridesharing Drivers

A new study, by researchers at Indiana University and American University, shows that biases against underrepresented groups continued to exist after drivers accepted a ride request — when the rider’s picture would then be displayed. This resulted in higher cancellation rates compared to White riders.

George Washington University Professor Wins American Marketing Association Award

George Washington University Professor Wins American Marketing Association Award

Vanessa Perry is the associate dean for faculty and research and professor of marketing at the George Washington University School of Business. She has been actively involved with The PhD Project, an organization that works to increase the diversity of business school faculty through mentorship.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba at Cornell University, Lolita Buckner Inniss at Southern Methodist University, Lee H. Butler Jr. at Phillips Theological Seminary, Teresa A. Nance at Villanova University, and Angela Jordan Davis at American University.

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In 1966, Dr. Whiting was named the fourth president of what is now North Carolina Central University in Durham. He served the university for more than 15 years as president and chancellor.

A Major Black Faculty Hire at Boston University

A Major Black Faculty Hire at Boston University

Ibram X. Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars and historians of racism, will join Boston University’s faculty on July 1 and launch the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Since 2017, he has served on the faculty at American University in Washington, D.C.

American University Creates the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies

American University Creates the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies

The new department at American University in Washington, D.C., will focus on six areas of study: African and African American diaspora studies, American studies, Arab world studies, Asian studies, Latinx studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

The University of Hawai'i School of Law Names Camille Nelson as Its Next Dean

The University of Hawai’i School of Law Names Camille Nelson as Its Next Dean

Since 2015, Professor Nelson has served as dean of the American University Washington College of Law. She previously served as dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston and earlier was on the faculty at the law school at Saint Louis University.

In Memoriam: Richard L. Marquess-Barry, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: Richard L. Marquess-Barry, 1940-2020

In 1965 Richard Marquess-Barry entered the Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary. He was the only Black student enrolled at the seminary at that time. He went on to become a priest and educator.

Reuben E. Brigety II Appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South

Reuben E. Brigety II Appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South

Dr. Brigety currently serves as dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to becoming dean in 2015, Dr. Brigety served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union for two years.

American University to Offer Free Ride to 10 District of Columbia Students Each Year

American University to Offer Free Ride to 10 District of Columbia Students Each Year

American university recently announced that its District Scholars Award program will provide full scholarships for high-achieving students with financial need who graduate from the city’s public and charter high schools. Blacks make up 68 percent of the enrollments in the city’s public schools.

In Memoriam: Joe. A. Hairston, 1948-2019

In Memoriam: Joe. A. Hairston, 1948-2019

Dr. Hairston was the first African American to lead the Baltimore County school system. After 12 years as superintendent, Dr. Hairston taught educational leadership and policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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.

New Assignments for a Half Dozen African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for a Half Dozen African American Faculty Members

Taking on new duties are Rose Shumba at Bowie State University, James Manigault-Bryant at Williams College, Brian McGowan at American University, Cedric Merlin Powell at the University of Louisville, William L. Lake Jr. at SUNY-Potsdam, and Kim LeDuff at the University of West Florida.

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

The issue of charter schools has become a hot topic in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process. Previous studies that show students of color perform better academically when they have a teacher of the same race or ethnic group. A new report says this is more likely to occur in charter schools.

Eight African American Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Eight African American Who Are Taking on 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.

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

The new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration at the six participating schools.

How Teachers Can Impact The Pathway to College for Young Black Students

How Teachers Can Impact The Pathway to College for Young Black Students

The researchers found that Black students who had just one Black teacher by third grade were 13 percent more likely to enroll in college, and those who had two Black teachers were 32 percent more likely to go to college.

American University Report Finds Documentary Film Industry Making Strides in Diversity

American University Report Finds Documentary Film Industry Making Strides in Diversity

The study, produced by the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C., found that almost 70 percent of new documentary professionals, those who have been in the industry less than 15 years, are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Eleven Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Eleven Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s listing of African American faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

New Duties for 13 Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

New Duties for 13 Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

Here is this week’s listing of African American faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Black Male Students Benefit Academically From Having Black Male Teachers

Black Male Students Benefit Academically From Having Black Male Teachers

Some 77 percent of elementary and high school teachers are White women. As a result, some Black male students may never be taught by someone who looks like them. When young Blacks have an African American teacher in elementary school, they are more likely to attend college.

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.

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Traevena Byrd at American University in Washington, D.C., Darrylinn Todd at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Meshea Poore at West Virginia University, and Sheila Johnson-Willis at Syracuse University in New York.

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

The four African Americans among the 43 Marshall Scholars this year are in sharp contrast to the record of 10 African Americans who were among the 32 American students awarded Rhodes Scholarships this fall.

In Memoriam: Perry Eugene Wallace Jr., 1948-2017

In Memoriam: Perry Eugene Wallace Jr., 1948-2017

Perry Wallace, who served on the faculty of several law schools, was the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference.

Five African Americans Taking on New Faculty Roles in Academia

Five African Americans Taking on New Faculty Roles in Academia

Taking on new assignments are Gilbert Cornelius at St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Del Wright Jr. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Sheri Williams at American University in Washington, D.C., Brian Boyd at the University of Kansas, and Joe M. Brown at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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.

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head on Several College and University Campuses

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head on Several College and University Campuses

As series of racist incidents occurred on college campuses across the United States in recent days. Here are some examples.

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

More Accolades for the Books of Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, has been selected to receive the Randolph Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Book Award from the American Library Association.

New Academic Year, Same Old Racism

New Academic Year, Same Old Racism

As has been the case every year since JBHE was founded in 1993 incidents of racial hate continue to plague the campuses of American higher education. In recent days, there have been several incidents at campuses across the United States.

Fayetteville State University Professor Wins a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Fayetteville State University Professor Wins a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, is being honored for authoring one of the year’s best books for children or young adults. Her book is on civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer.

Teachers' Racial Bias in Expectations for Black Students

Teachers’ Racial Bias in Expectations for Black Students

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and American University in Washington, D.C., finds that Black and White teachers tend to have different expectations for the same student.

The New Dean of the School of Education at American University

The New Dean of the School of Education at American University

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy currently serves as vice provost for faculty affairs and a professor of counseling and human development at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She will begin her new job in July.