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T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

T. Geronimo Johnson, who teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, is being honored for his 2015 novel Welcome to Braggsville. The novel tells the story of four Berkeley students who stage a protest at a Civil War reenactment event in Georgia.

Prestigious Honors for Two African American Professors

Prestigious Honors for Two African American Professors

The honorees are Wayne J. Dawkins, professor of professional practice in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Virginia, and Gibor Basri, professor of astronomy emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

A New African American Center Planned at the University of California, Berkeley

A New African American Center Planned at the University of California, Berkeley

The new center will be named after Fannie Lou Hamer, the voting and civil rights activist. The agreement to establish the center comes after a year of talks among the administration, the Black Student Union and other campus African American groups.

In Memoriam: Cedric James Robinson, 1940-2016

In Memoriam: Cedric James Robinson, 1940-2016

Professor Cedric James Robinson joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1978. He chaired both the department of Black studies and the department of political science.

Yale University Names a Residential College in Honor of Pauli Murray

Yale University Names a Residential College in Honor of Pauli Murray

Yale is keeping the name of slavery proponent John Calhoun for one of its residential colleges but a new college will be named for Pauli Murray, the civil rights pioneer who earned a doctorate at Yale Law School in 1965.

The Next Dean of Students at the University of Colorado-Boulder

The Next Dean of Students at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Akirah J. Bradley was appointed dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been serving as assistant dean of students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Claude Steele Stepping Down From Provost Position at the University of California, Berkeley

Claude Steele Stepping Down From Provost Position at the University of California, Berkeley

Claude Steele was appointed executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He is stepping aside to deal with the health problems of his wife. He will remain at Berkeley as a professor of psychology.

Seven African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Seven African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Here is this week’s roundup of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions.

In Memoriam: S. Rudolph Martin Jr., 1935-2016

In Memoriam: S. Rudolph Martin Jr., 1935-2016

In 1970, Martin was one of 18 founding faculty members at Evergreen State College. During a 27-year career at Evergreen State, Dr. Martin served as academic dean and taught classes in the humanities and the arts. He retired in 1997.

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the establishment of the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion throughout society.

Morgan State University Announces Its First Endowed Faculty Chair

Morgan State University Announces Its First Endowed Faculty Chair

The Endowed Chair in Internet of Things Security was established by a $1 million grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce. The first holder of the endowed chair will be Kevin T. Kornegay, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Morgan State.

Three African Americans Among the Top 10 Most Influential Scholars in Education

Three African Americans Among the Top 10 Most Influential Scholars in Education

Linda Darling Hammond of Stanford University was rated as the most influential university-based education scholar in the United States. Also among the top 10 influential scholars are Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Claude Steele, provost at the University of California, Berkeley.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The appointees are Evelyn P. Leathers at Bennett College in North Carolina, Clothilde Hewlett at the University of California, Berkeley, Kendall D. Isaac at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, and Mohamed Ali at Iowa State University.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Slightly more than a decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight.

T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

T. Geronimo Johnson, a visiting professor at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, is being honored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for his 2015 novel Welcome to Braggsville.

Two Major Research Universities Join the Creating Connections Consortium

Two Major Research Universities Join the Creating Connections Consortium

The Creating Connections Consortium seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who are hired to tenure-track faculty positions. The University of Chicago and the University of Michigan are the consortium’s newest members.

Prudence Carter Appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley

Prudence Carter Appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley

Dr. Carter currently serves as the Jacks Family Professor of Education and the faculty director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, three are Black scholars with ties to the academic world. They are Patrick Awuah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Berkeley Takes Multiple Steps to Enhance Opportunities for African Americans

Berkeley Takes Multiple Steps to Enhance Opportunities for African Americans

The University of California has announced its new diversity initiative, a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff at the university.

The New Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The New Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Melissa Murray has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law since 2006. She teaches courses on family law, criminal law, constitutional law, and reproductive rights.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

The appointees are Na’ilah Nasir at the University of California, Berkeley, Newtona Johnson at Middle Tennessee State, Teshome Alemneh at Indiana University, Genyre Henry Boston at Florida A&M, Veronica Cohen at Mississippi Valley State, and Artika R. Tyner at the University of Saint Thomas.

Two African Americans Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at Flagship State Universities

Two African Americans Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at Flagship State Universities

Linda Williams, associate chancellor and chief ethics, risk and compliance officer at the University of California Berkeley has retired and Maurice Daniels, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, is returning to the faculty.

In Memoriam: Claudia Alexander, 1959-2015

In Memoriam: Claudia Alexander, 1959-2015

Dr. Alexander joined the staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986. She was the project manager for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Cassini mission to Saturn, and the lead U.S. scientist on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to rendezvous with a comet.

Tyler Stovall to Lead the American Historical Association

Tyler Stovall to Lead the American Historical Association

Tyler Stovall is dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He will serve one year as president-elect of the American Historical Association and then become president for one year. The AHA is the nation’s largest professional organization devoted to the study and promotion of history.

University of California, Berkeley's Namwali Serpell Wins the Caine Prize

University of California, Berkeley’s Namwali Serpell Wins the Caine Prize

Namwali Serpell, an associate professor of English at the University of California, is the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize, honoring the best writing by an African author. Dr. Serpell is a native of Zambia and came to the United States at the age of 9.

Universities Appoint Six New Black Administrators

Universities Appoint Six New Black Administrators

The new appointees are Julian R. Williams at George Mason University, Guy-Alain Amoussou at Bowie State, Michael Williams at the University of California, Berkeley, Eddie J. Howard at Youngstown State, Rick Kisner at Tuskegee University, and Obadiah Simmons Jr. at Grambling State.

Black Students Issue Set of Demands to Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Black Students Issue Set of Demands to Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

The Black students want the university to place greater emphasis on campus diversity and to hire psychologists and advisers to help Black students cope with campus life.

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

While the percentage differences in faculty pay are small, the report states that “the average salary difference between White men and minority faculty members is equivalent to about 1 to 2 years of career experience.”

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Those appointed to new administrative positions are Yvette Gullatt, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Sean Huddleston, Naisha Bradley, James Paine, Barry L. Wells, and Tonya R. Hines.

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Jones was a professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a research professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

Congressman Ronald Dellums Is Teaching at Howard University

Congressman Ronald Dellums Is Teaching at Howard University

Ronald V. Dellums, who served for 13 terms in the U.S House of Representatives and as mayor of the city of Oakland, California, was named as the Cosby Scholar at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

David Blackwell to Be Awarded the National Science Medal

David Blackwell to Be Awarded the National Science Medal

Among this year’s 10 recipients of the National Science Medal is the David Blackwell, who will be honored posthumously. He was a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley and the first African American member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jacqueline Goldsby Named Chair of African American Studies at Yale University

Jacqueline Goldsby Named Chair of African American Studies at Yale University

Dr. Goldsby is a professor of English and a professor of African American studies at Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Goldsby taught at the University of Chicago.

This Week's Appointments of African Americans to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

This Week’s Appointments of African Americans to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Taking on new administrative roles are Venessa Funches, Nancy L. Jones, Michael A. Ellington, Michael Williams, Kenyatta Tatum Futterman, Zella Palmer, Loretta A. Moore, Angela Simmons, and Marquetta Faulkner.

Four Elite California Universities in Joint Effort to Boost Minority Ph.D.s in STEM Fields

Four Elite California Universities in Joint Effort to Boost Minority Ph.D.s in STEM Fields

The consortium, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, includes Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Los Angeles and is led by the University of California at Berkeley.