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A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith, who took office as the 15th president of highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on July 1, 2015, has had her contract extended through 2025. Before becoming president of Swarthmore College, Dr. Smith was dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University.

University of Virginia Creating 20 Research Professorships in Democracy and Equity

University of Virginia Creating 20 Research Professorships in Democracy and Equity

The new professorships will be awarded on a rotating basis to eligible faculty members for two or three-year terms. They will foster research and teaching innovation around various topics related to democracy and equity.

Black Job Seekers May  Be More Likely to Receive Lower Salaries as a Result of Negotiation Bias

Black Job Seekers May Be More Likely to Receive Lower Salaries as a Result of Negotiation Bias

A recent study led by a scholar at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia has found that African-American job candidates are more likely to receive lower starting salaries when evaluators believe they have been too aggressive in hiring negotiations.

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Dr. Gaines comes to the University of Virginia from Cornell University where he was the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History. Previously he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.

Universities Team Up With The HistoryMakers

Universities Team Up With The HistoryMakers

The University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh will collaborate with The HistoryMakers, to enhance the nation’s largest archive of videotaped oral histories of African-American leaders.

Seven African Americans Who Have Been Named to Adminstrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Who Have Been Named to Adminstrative 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.

University of Virginia to Launch a Crowdsourced Transcription Effort of Julian Bond's Papers

University of Virginia to Launch a Crowdsourced Transcription Effort of Julian Bond’s Papers

On August 15, individuals who join the transcription effort will be asked to go to five locations in Charlottesville where they will transcribe some of Bond’s speeches. People interested in participating in the transcription effort will also be able to contribute to the project online.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties are Greg Hunley at Mississsippi University for Women, Janet Wormack at Houston Community College in Texas, Tommye Sutton at the University of Virginia, Sheriah Dixon at Syracuse University and Crystal L. Wheeler at Howard University.

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.

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Wins the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Johns Hopkins University Scholar Wins the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Chris Lebron, an associate professor of philosophy, is the winner of the award that recognizes “ascending” scholars whose are “devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.”

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

The three retirees are Rhonda Rogers at Virginia Tech, Karla Spurlock-Evans at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Kent Merritt at the University of Virginia.

New Duties for Two Black Male Scholars at Southern Flagship State Universities

New Duties for Two Black Male Scholars at Southern Flagship State Universities

Taking on new duties are Gregory B. Fairchild of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and George Dor, professor of music and the holder of the McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology at the University of Mississippi.

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.

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams is dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She will serve one year as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education beginning in June and will become president of the organization in June 2019.

University of Virginia to Form a Commission to Examine Its Role in Racial Segregation

University of Virginia to Form a Commission to Examine Its Role in Racial Segregation

In 2013, the University of Virginia formed a commission that investigated the university’s historical relationship with slavery. Now the university has announced the formation of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.

In Memoriam: William Wesley Harmon, 1941-2017

In Memoriam: William Wesley Harmon, 1941-2017

From 2005 to 2016, Dr. Harmon served as president of Central College of Houston Community College, which today enrolls about 18,000 students.

University of Virginia Is Making Progress in Increasing Black Students

University of Virginia Is Making Progress in Increasing Black Students

Since 2012, the number of Black students in the entering class at the University of Virginia is up 41.5 percent. In 2012, Blacks and biracial students with African American heritage made up 7.1 percent of the first-year students. this year the figure is 9.1 percent.

The University of Virginia Establishes the Center on Race and Public Education in the South

The University of Virginia Establishes the Center on Race and Public Education in the South

The new center is being led by Derrick Alridge, a professor in the Curry School of Education at the university. Professor Alridge also is the director of “Teachers in the Movement,” an oral history project that explores the ideas and pedagogy of teachers during the civil rights movement.

The First African American Woman Athletic Director at a Power 5 Conference University

The First African American Woman Athletic Director at a Power 5 Conference University

The University of Virginia has named Carla Williams as director of athletics. She is the first African American woman to be named an athletics director at a Power 5 conference that make up the nation’s leading football programs.

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981. Now, 36 years later it has been granted departmental status allowing it to function autonomously to develop curriculum and hire faculty.

The University of Virginia Deals With a 1921 Pledge of $1,000 From the KKK

The University of Virginia Deals With a 1921 Pledge of $1,000 From the KKK

In a statement to the university community, Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, stated that “we’re going to acknowledge the pledge, and we’re going do so in a way that would be as disagreeable as possible for any remnants of the KKK who may be watching.”

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.

University of Virginia School of Medicine Honors an Early Black Graduate

University of Virginia School of Medicine Honors an Early Black Graduate

Dr. Vivian Pinn was the only woman and the only African American in the 1967 graduating class. She later served for 20 years as director of the Office for Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. Now, the medical research building at the University of Virginia has been renamed in her honor.

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

In the wake of the race-related violence that took place in Charlottesville last month, The Minority Rights Coalition, an assemblage of student groups at the University of Virginia, issued a list of 10 demands to the university’s administration.

University of Virginia Historian Documents How Black-Owned Land Was Stolen

University of Virginia Historian Documents How Black-Owned Land Was Stolen

Dr. Andrew W. Kahrl is conducting research on how tax liens and tax sales became a tool used by predatory land speculators to acquire Black-owned land. Dr. Kahrl discovered that local officials assessed Black property owners at highly inflated rates in an effort to tax them off the land.

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

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.

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.

Notable Honors Awarded to Two African American Women in Higher Education

Notable Honors Awarded to Two African American Women in Higher Education

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, was honored by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Foundation and DiOnetta Jones Crayton, associate dean for undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received an award from the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network.

The New Dean of Students at the College of the Holy Cross

The New Dean of Students at the College of the Holy Cross

Since 2006, Dr. Michele C. Murray has been vice president for the Division of Student Development at Seattle University in Washington State. Earlier, she held student affairs posts at Loyola University Maryland and the University of Vermont.

University of Virginia Names a Campus Building in Honor of a Slave

University of Virginia Names a Campus Building in Honor of a Slave

Peyton Skipwith, a former slave who quarried stone for some of the early structures on the Charlottesville campus, was owned by John Hartwell Cocke, one of the first members of the university’s board of visitors.

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

Teachers who expect a lot of their students academically, lead a very well-organized classroom, and make students feel supported in their efforts are the ones that produce the most success from their African American students.

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the noted civil rights leader, legislator, author, NAACP chair, and long-time faculty member at the University of Virginia who died in 2015, was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

University of Virginia Law Students Participate in Pro Bono Civil Rights Law Clinic

University of Virginia Law Students Participate in Pro Bono Civil Rights Law Clinic

The goal of the clinic is to bring cases that have the potential to provide real and concrete relief to large groups of people who have been harmed by discrimination or deprivation of protected rights.

Swarthmore College President Honored by Hong Kong Baptist University

Swarthmore College President Honored by Hong Kong Baptist University

Valerie Smith, president of the highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, was the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Smith was honored for her work on diversity, inclusion, and curricular innovation during her first year as president of the Swarthmore.

A Unique Approach to Address the Racial Gap in School Discipline

A Unique Approach to Address the Racial Gap in School Discipline

Researchers at the University of Virginia, Rutgers University and the University of British Columbia have a published a study that shows that teachers who change instruction practices can impact the large racial gap in school discipline.

University of Virginia Envisions a Memorial to Slaves Who Worked on Campus

University of Virginia Envisions a Memorial to Slaves Who Worked on Campus

The University of Virginia recently held a meeting aimed at getting input from local residents in the Charlottesville area for their views on a proposed memorial to the Black slaves and laborers who helped construct early buildings on the university’s campus.