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New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Three African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Erika  K. Davis was named vice president for enrollment management at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. Darvis Griffin is assistant chief information officer at Texas A&M University and Ronica Smucker has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University in Houston.

Gilda Barabino Will Be the Next President of the Olin College of Engineering

Gilda Barabino Will Be the Next President of the Olin College of Engineering

A respected researcher in the study of sickle cell disease, Dr. Barabino became dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York in 2013. She also serves as the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor at City College.

How Racism Impacts African Americans' Decisions to Seek Self-Employment

How Racism Impacts African Americans’ Decisions to Seek Self-Employment

Two sociologists at Rice University in Houston, Texas, found that working Black adults with “racial capital,” or high awareness of the systemic nature of racism, were seven times more likely to pursue self-employment than those with low awareness.

The First African American Provost at Rice University in Houston, Texas

The First African American Provost at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Since 2017, Reginald DesRoches has been the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University. Previously, he served as chair of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Rice University Lecturer Wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award has been given out for the past 13 years by Baton Rouge Area Foundation. It recognizes the work of African American fiction writers and honors the legacy of author Ernest J. Gaines who died last month.

Academic Study Finds Blacks More Likely Than Whites to Support Teaching Creationism in Schools

Academic Study Finds Blacks More Likely Than Whites to Support Teaching Creationism in Schools

In a survey of nearly 10,000 participants, the authors found that a higher percentage of Black (58 percent) and Latino Americans (57 percent) compared to Whites (44 percent) support teaching creationism in the classroom instead of (but not alongside) evolution.

University of Washington Scholar to Edit New Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Politics

University of Washington Scholar to Edit New Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Megan Ming Francis, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington, has been selected as the editor of a new series of books from Cambridge University Press called Cambridge Elements in Race, Ethnicity and Politics.

Rice University in Houston Debuts its Center for African and African American Studies

Rice University in Houston Debuts its Center for African and African American Studies

Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion, will serve as the center’s founding director.

Two American Universities Join Consortium to Improve Neonatal Care in Africa

Two American Universities Join Consortium to Improve Neonatal Care in Africa

Rice University and Northwestern University are teaming up with international foundations and African educational institutions in an initiative that hopes to improve newborn survival rates by 50 percent over the next eight years in the African nations of Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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.

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, was ranked first on the list of colleges than had little race or class interaction. African Americans make up 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Quinnipiac. Rice University in Houston was rated as having the most race/class interaction.

Eight African Americans Who Have Been Selected for New Administrative Positions in Academia

Eight African Americans Who Have Been Selected for New Administrative Positions in Academia

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.

Study Finds Black STEM Students Who Look "Stereotypically Black" Are Less Likely to Graduate

Study Finds Black STEM Students Who Look “Stereotypically Black” Are Less Likely to Graduate

A recent study led by scholars at Rice University found that Asian students who looked more stereotypically Asian, were significantly more likely to finish their degree over the five-year period. However, the opposite was true for Black students.

Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Ashley Daniels at Xavier University in New Orleans, Joan Nelson at Rice University in Houston, and Timothy F. McMullen at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

University Research Finds the Racial Wealth Gap Grows in Areas Where Natural Disasters Occur

University Research Finds the Racial Wealth Gap Grows in Areas Where Natural Disasters Occur

During the 1999-to-2013 period, Whites who lived in counties with $10 billion or more in damages from natural disasters gained $126,000 in wealth, while Blacks who lived in similar counties, lost $27,000.

Rice University's New Archive on Texas' Convict Leasing System

Rice University’s New Archive on Texas’ Convict Leasing System

The system routinely leased out prisoners to local plantations and other private landowners, where they were worked under horrendous conditions. Large numbers of these leased prisoners were African Americans.

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new positions or duties are Trina Jones at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, C. Fred Higgs III at Rice University in Houston, and James L. Moore III at Ohio State University in Columbus.

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 College or University Administrative Appointments for Five African Americans

New College or University Administrative Appointments for Five African Americans

Appointed to new positions are Kathi Dantley Warren at Rice University in Houston, Andre Phillips at the University of Wisconsin, Cheryl Lynn Horsey at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Walter McCollum at Walden University, and Rene Davis at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Levy Brown at Vance-Granville Community College, Shantell Hinton at Vanderbilt University, Frank Archer III at Fort Valley State University, Christopher Smith at Rice University, and Marcine Pickron-Davis at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Currently, Dr. Reginald DesRoches is the chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. A native of Haiti, he joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1998 and was promoted to full professor in 2008.

Ten African Americans Selected for New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Ten African Americans Selected for New Administrative Posts 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 African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are Charles J. Gibb at Miles College, Krystal Toups at Rice University, Sedgwick Harris at Northampton Community College, Kimberly Hewitt at Johns Hopkins University, Erika K. Davis at Neumann University, and Edward Summers at Long Island University.

A Half Dozen African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

A Half Dozen African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Black scholars in new roles are Tracy Clayton at Wake Forest University, Mindy T. Fullilove at The New School, Fred Higgs III at Rice University, Iyelli Ichile at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Lena Hill at the University of Iowa, and Omari Weekes at Willamette University in Oregon.

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.

Rice University Finds Slavery's Legacy Impacts Today's Racial Segregation in Schools

Rice University Finds Slavery’s Legacy Impacts Today’s Racial Segregation in Schools

Researchers at Rice University in Houston found a correlation between counties in the South that had the highest percentages of slaves in their population and those that now have the most racial segregation in schools.

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

The honorees are Stephanie Luck of the University of Arkansas, the late Levi Watkins at Vanderbilt University, Clara Adams of Morgan State University, Anthony B. Pinn of Rice University, William F. Tate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College.

African American Adjunct Professor Wins a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

African American Adjunct Professor Wins a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

Melissa Givens is an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and Texas Southern University in Houston. She is also a doctoral student in music at the University of Houston.

CCNY's Gilda Barabino to Lead the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

CCNY’s Gilda Barabino to Lead the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

According to City College, Dr. Barabino is the first African American women to serve as a dean of engineering at an educational institution that is not a historically Black college or university.

Rice University's Anthony Pinn to Teach New MOOC on Religion and Hip-Hop Culture

Rice University’s Anthony Pinn to Teach New MOOC on Religion and Hip-Hop Culture

Anthony Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice University. Teaching duties will be shared with Grammy nominee Bernard “Bun B” Freeman.

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

Researchers at Rice University in Houston and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, found that since the 1990s, African American homebuyers were 45 percent more likely than Whites to transition out of homeownership.

Survey Finds African Americans Value Higher Education But Are Unprepared for It

Survey Finds African Americans Value Higher Education But Are Unprepared for It

Some 90 percent of African American respondents to a Rice University survey stated that success requires education beyond high school. This was a higher rate than other ethnic groups in the survey.

Outreach Programs for Parents Can Reduce School Mobility Among Black Students

Outreach Programs for Parents Can Reduce School Mobility Among Black Students

Students who change schools often have problems adjusting to the new educational environment and this can impact their academic performance. Programs that reach out to Black parents can reduce the likelihood that children will change schools.

Anthony Pinn Is the Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University

Anthony Pinn Is the Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University

Dr. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice University in Houston.

For Its Centennial, Rice University Will Celebrate African American Art

For Its Centennial, Rice University Will Celebrate African American Art

Rice University, which until 1965 did not admit Black students, is planning to show a major exhibit of African American art to celebrate its centennial.

Five African Americans Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

Deborah Buchanan, Earl Wright II, Edward Adams Jr., Harold Tate, and Stephanie Chatman are all taking on new assignments.