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In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

Robert Colbert was an associate professor and director of the counseling program in the department of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

A new academic study finds that race appears to still play a role in the awarding of grants from the National Institutes of Health but the gender of the grant applicant apparently no longer plays a significant role.

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American faculty members taking on new roles are Kali Nicole Gross at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, La Marr Jurelle Bruce of the University of Maryland, College Park, Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas, and Talitha LeFlouria at the University of Virginia.

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Stepping down from teaching positions are Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka at the University of Kansas, James F. Densler at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Randolph J. Johnson at Delaware State University.

University of Kansas to Honor 1965 Civil Rights Campus Protestors

University of Kansas to Honor 1965 Civil Rights Campus Protestors

On March 5, 1965, about 150 students – both Black and White – marched to the administration building and staged a sit-in outside the office of the chancellor. They had a list of seven demands relating to eradicating segregation in housing and student organizations on campus, particularly fraternities and sororities.

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative positions are Judy Jackson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aramis Watson at the University of Kansas, Cameron J. Hall at Augustana College in Illinois and Dale R. Hendricks at the University of Massachusetts.

The Role of Geography and Race in Remembrances of the Murder of Emmett Till

The Role of Geography and Race in Remembrances of the Murder of Emmett Till

David Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is working on a book project on how questions of geography and race have altered remembrances of the Emmett Till murder case.

In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Before joining the University of Kansas faculty, Dr. Johnson taught in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Joan Morrison, assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations at North Carolina Central University and Ralph Oliver, director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Kansas, have retired.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

In a letter to the campus community, students in the class stated that the assistant professor said, “As a White woman I just never have seen the racism…It’s not like I see ‘Nigger’ spray painted on walls.”

Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

The board of trustees of Eureka College in Illinois has named Jamel Santa Cruze Bell as interim president of the educational institution, effective July 1, 2016. She currently serves as vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Bernadette Gray-Little Named Board Chair at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

Bernadette Gray-Little Named Board Chair at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

The Association of Public Land-grant Universities is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 238 public research universities and land-grant institutions. Dr. Gray-Little has been chancellor of the University of Kansas since 2009.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans 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.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Taking on new faculty roles are Yosvany Terry at Harvard University, Darrick Hamilton at The New School, Paula T. Hammond at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Eugene T. Parker III at the University of Kansas.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

Blane Harding Looks for a Fresh Start at the University of Nevada Reno

Blane Harding Looks for a Fresh Start at the University of Nevada Reno

The new director of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at the University of Nevada at Reno recently resigned his post at the University of Kansas admitting frustration at the lack of progress in improving graduation rates for Black students.

University of Kansas Institute to Examine Modern Black Poetry

University of Kansas Institute to Examine Modern Black Poetry

This July, 21 faculty members and four graduate students from colleges and universities across the country will come to the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence for an institute entitled “Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement.”

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

The five Black faculty members in new roles are Khiara M. Bridges at Boston University, Beauty Bragg at Georgia College and State University, Yolanda Jackson at the University of Kansas, Bryan Monroe at Temple University, and Juan Gilbert at the University of Florida.

Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Clarence Lang was named to a department chair at the University of Kansas. Roshawnda was named to the faculty at Pepperdine University in California, and Sylvester James Gates Jr. will be the Roth Distinguished Scholar at Dartmouth College for the 2015-16 academic year.

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles or responsibilities are Tirin Moore at Stanford University, Emma A. Faulk at Alabama State University, Jennifer F. Hamer at the University of Kansas, and Trudier Harris at the University of Alabama.

Creating an Electronic "Freedom Trail" of Civil Rights Sites

Creating an Electronic “Freedom Trail” of Civil Rights Sites

Dave Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is developing a smartphone app using GPS technology that will guide visitors to key sites involving the murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

In Memoriam: Otis Davis Simmons, 1924-2015

In Memoriam: Otis Davis Simmons, 1924-2015

Dr. Simmons joined the faculty at Alabama State University in 1966 as chair of the department of music. He was named the university’s first dean of the School of Music in 1972.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

A new study by John Rury, a professor of education at the University of Kansas and Derrick Darby a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, finds that the educational prospects for African Americans improved dramatically immediately after three major wars.

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

The alliance of 11 large public research universities says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students, including those from low-income families.

University of Kansas Project Will Examine the Impact of Black Poetry on Social Change

University of Kansas Project Will Examine the Impact of Black Poetry on Social Change

The project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will fund an institute on the University of Kansas campus next summer entitled “Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement.”

University of Kansas Partners With a University in Ghana

University of Kansas Partners With a University in Ghana

An agreement with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana calls for cultural, educational, and scientific cooperation between the two institutions.

The New Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas

The New Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas

Reggie Robinson has been serving as a professor of law and the director of the Center of Law and Government at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is the former CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

University of Kansas to Offer Courses in the Somali Language

University of Kansas to Offer Courses in the Somali Language

An elementary class in Somalia will be offered at the Summer African Language Institute and more advanced classes will be offered during the 2014-15 academic year.