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University of Iowa to Launch the Midwest Institute of African American History and Culture

University of Iowa to Launch the Midwest Institute of African American History and Culture

The Midwest Institute of African American History and Culture at the University of Iowa will focus on research opportunities, educational possibilities, seminars, and workshops so that visitors and educators can better understand Black history.

The New Leader of the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

The New Leader of the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

Nicole Thorne Jenkins is currently vice dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where she is also the Von Allmen Chaired Professor of Accountancy. She was previously on the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Washington University in St. Louis.

Tennessee State University on the Front Lines of the Battle Against COVID-19

Tennessee State University on the Front Lines of the Battle Against COVID-19

Tennessee State University is using its 3D printing assets to design and manufacture headbands that are one of three components of face masks that are used by healthcare professionals. The College of Agriculture is producing hand sanitizer.

In Memoriam: Denise Michelle Chapman Montgomery, 1959-2020

In Memoriam: Denise Michelle Chapman Montgomery, 1959-2020

Dr. Montgomery was the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Langston University in Oklahoma and Florida A&M University.

The Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa

The Next Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa

Currently, Dr. Harriet Nembhard is the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. Earlier, Dr. Nembhard was a professor at Pennsylvania State University.

Morgan State University Acquires the Papers of Historian Lathan A. Windley

Morgan State University Acquires the Papers of Historian Lathan A. Windley

Dr. Windley was an associate professor of history at Morgan State University from 1963 until his death in 1982 at the age of 42. The focus of his scholarship was on runaway slaves in the pre-Civil War American South.

Rita Dove Wins the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award From the Academy of American Poets

Rita Dove Wins the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award From the Academy of American Poets

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1987. She is the only poet to receive the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts.

Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to 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.

In Memoriam Wilbert Greenfield, 1933-2019

In Memoriam Wilbert Greenfield, 1933-2019

Dr. Wilbert Greenfield became the tenth president of Johnson C. Smith University in 1973 and served in that role until 1982. In 1984, the University’s board of trustees named a dormitory Wilbert Greenfield Hall in his honor.

Marcella David Appointed Provost at Columbia College in Chicago

Marcella David Appointed Provost at Columbia College in Chicago

Currently, Professor David serves as the Betty T. Ferguson Visiting Professor of Law at Florida State University. Previously, she served as the chief academic officer at Florida A&M University.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

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.

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award recognizes the outstanding work of rising African-American fiction writers. Brinkley’s book is a collection of nine short stories set in familiar places from his childhood, Brooklyn and the South Bronx. The author is the Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Three African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

Three African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

A year ago, 10 African-Americans were among the 32 winners of Rhodes Scholarships for Americans. This was the most ever elected in a single U.S. Rhodes class. This year, there are three African Americans among the 32 Rhodes Scholars.

Paul King Named President and CEO of Stanford Children's Health

Paul King Named President and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health

Paul King has been serving as executive director of the University of Michigan Health System’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital since 2013. He will begin his new job at Stanford in early 2019.

Rita Dove Appointed Poetry Editor at The New York Times

Rita Dove Appointed Poetry Editor at The New York Times

In this role, the University of Virginia’s Professor Dove will select a poem from new or forthcoming collections that will be published in the New York Times Magazine each Sunday. These new duties will not affect her role at the University of Virginia.

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Gloria Billingsley of Jackson State University in Mississippi, Sandra McGee of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, and Janice Jackson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lena Hill Appointed Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University

Lena Hill Appointed Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University

Currently, Dr. Hill is senior associate to the president, interim chief diversity officer, and associate vice president at the University of Iowa. She joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 2006 with a joint appointment in the departments of English and African American studies.

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae is an assistant professor of writing in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City. McCrae joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2017 after teaching for three years at Oberlin College in Ohio.

New Book Documents the Importance of Faculty Mentoring Programs at HBCUs

New Book Documents the Importance of Faculty Mentoring Programs at HBCUs

The book presents emerging research regarding the importance of recruiting, retaining and promoting faculty within HBCUs and the benefits mentorship offers, such as professional development and psychosocial support.

In Memoriam: Olly W. Wilson, 1937-2018

In Memoriam: Olly W. Wilson, 1937-2018

After teaching at Florida A&M University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Wilson joined the music department faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. He retired from teaching in 2002.

The Next Dean of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon

The Next Dean of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon

Sabrina Madison-Cannon has been serving as a professor of dance and associate dean of academic and faculty affairs in the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will begin her new job this coming summer.

University of Iowa Names Building to Honor Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

University of Iowa Names Building to Honor Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the twentieth century. The granddaughter of slaves, she was the first African American woman to earn a master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa.

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new assignments are Marvella Ford at South Carolina State University, Lyle Gibson at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, David J. Wallace at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York, Lena Hill at the University of Iowa, and Carol Annette Wilson at Voorhees College in South Carolina.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Melissa Shivers at the University of Iowa, D. Paul Monteiro Jr. at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Dwight Hamilton at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Colorado College Scholar Wins Major Playwriting Award

Colorado College Scholar Wins Major Playwriting Award

Idris Goodwin, an assistant professor of theatre at Colorado College, has won the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award from the American Blues Theater in Chicago. The award was created in 2010 to help the careers of budding playwrights.

The Black University of Iowa Student Who Participated in Freedom Summer

The Black University of Iowa Student Who Participated in Freedom Summer

Seymour Gray Jr., a junior at the University of Iowa, traveled South with his five White peers in a station wagon loaned to the students by a faculty member to participate in voting rights efforts during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer. The university is seeking more information about the life of this civil rights warrior.

Student-Faculty Interactions Have a Major Impact on Students' Perceptions of a Welcoming Campus

Student-Faculty Interactions Have a Major Impact on Students’ Perceptions of a Welcoming Campus

The results show that nine of the 12 types of student-faculty interactions had a statistically significant association with a student’s perception of the overall campus climate regarding diversity. Five student-faculty interactions had a positive impact and four had a negative impact.

University of Iowa Makes Amends for Slighting Its African American Beauty Queen in 1955

University of Iowa Makes Amends for Slighting Its African American Beauty Queen in 1955

In December 1955, Dora Martin Berry was elected Miss State University of Iowa. However, due to the color of her skin, Berry was denied recognition as Miss SUI at official ceremonies where past holders of the post were honored.

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.

University of Iowa Names Its New Residence Hall for Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

University of Iowa Names Its New Residence Hall for Alumna Elizabeth Catlett

The University of Iowa is naming its newest residence hall in honor of Elizabeth Catlett, the celebrated artist and the first African American woman to earn a master of fine arts degree at the university.

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.

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In 1978, Professor McPherson was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

The Cabell First Novelist Award is presented by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, and Columbia University.

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers found a total of 71 peer-reviewed articles relating to racial discrimination and drinking, leaving little doubt that a significant correlation exists. But the authors found significant gaps in the research.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Four Black Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Kingsley Odigie a postdoctoral researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey, Keisha N. Blain of the University of Iowa, Maurice Williams of Hampton University in Virginia, and Robert L. Belle Jr., a long-time educator who was recognized by Rowan University in New Jersey.

In Memorian: Michael Steven Harper, 1938-2016

In Memorian: Michael Steven Harper, 1938-2016

Michael S. Harper, who taught at Brown University in Providence for 43 years, was the first poet laureate of the state of Rhode Island.