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Virginia Tech Mandates Diversity Training for All Faculty Search Committee Members

Virginia Tech Mandates Diversity Training for All Faculty Search Committee Members

From now on, all search committee members reviewing applications for teaching, research, and faculty positions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University will be required to complete an online diversity training course.

New Faculty Assignments for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

New Faculty Assignments for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

Taking on new roles are Kecia Williams Smith at Virginia Tech, Darlene Clark Hine at Michigan State University, Eric Dogini at Alcorn State University, Donald White at Grambling State University, and Esther Lamidi at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

One surprising finding of a new study that may explain racial differences in breastfeeding rates is the fact that the authors found that Black mothers were nine times as likely as White mothers to be given formula for their babies when they were still in the hospital.

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

Dr. Tucker served as president of Virginia State from 1968 to 1970 and then served on the economics faculty and was the director of the Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech from 1970 to 1974.

Two African American Scholars Have Announced Their Retirements

Two African American Scholars Have Announced Their Retirements

Wanda J. Smith was appointed associate professor of management emerita in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and Joshua Murfree Jr. has resigned as director of intercollegiate athletics at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Two African American Women Professors Honored With Major Awards

Two African American Women Professors Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Estella Atekwana, Regents Professor and director of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, and Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Offer a New Master's Degree Program in Cybersecurity

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Offer a New Master’s Degree Program in Cybersecurity

To be accepted into the new master’s degree program in cybersecurity, students need a bachelor’s degree in a related technology field or have experience in cybersecurity in the workforce.

Anthony L. Jenkins Appointed President of West Virginia State University

Anthony L. Jenkins Appointed President of West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University is a historically Black university but today only 10 percent of the 2,800-member undergraduate student body is Black. Dr. Jenkins has been serving as senior associate vice president at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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.

In Memoriam: Herman Warren

In Memoriam: Herman Warren

Professor Warren joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1989. He was a recognized as an expert on corn and sorghum diseases and developed plants that were resistance to disease.

Three African American Women Named to New Faculty Posts

Three African American Women Named to New Faculty Posts

Tameka E. Lester was named to the faculty of the College of Law at Georgia State University. Althema Etzioni has joined the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, and Menah Pratt-Clarke was named professor of education at Virginia Tech.

In Memoriam: Terry Kershaw, 1952-2015

In Memoriam: Terry Kershaw, 1952-2015

Dr. Kershaw was a professor of Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati. Before joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 2009, Professor Kershaw led the Africana studies program and was the director of the Center for Race and Social Policy at Virginia Tech.

Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.

Two African American Finalists for Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech

Two African American Finalists for Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech

Menah Pratt-Clarke is the associate chancellor for strategic affairs and the associate provost for diversity at the University of Illinois and G. Christine Taylor has served as vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer at Purdue University.

Virginia Tech's Summer Program Seeks to Increase Diversity at Its Medical School

Virginia Tech’s Summer Program Seeks to Increase Diversity at Its Medical School

Hampton University students selected for the internship program receive guaranteed admission to the medical school so long as they graduate from Hampton with honors and achieve a threshold score on the Medical College Admission Test.

New Effort Aims to Increase Diversity Among Academic Librarians

New Effort Aims to Increase Diversity Among Academic Librarians

American University in Washington, D.C., the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University are hiring resident librarians from diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their careers for a three-year period.

New Book Explores the History of Storer College in West Virginia

New Book Explores the History of Storer College in West Virginia

Storer College was founded in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1865 by the Freewill Baptist Home Mission Society. It was the first college in West Virginia that admitted African Americans.

Three Black Men in New University Faculty Roles

Three Black Men in New University Faculty Roles

Fred D’Aguiar at Virginia Tech and Wynton Marsalis at Cornell University were named to endowed professor positions. Norah Duncan IV was appointed chair of the department of music at Wayne State University.

Virginia Tech Is the Twelfth University Member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Virginia Tech Is the Twelfth University Member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The society’s goal is to create a network of scholars who “serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.”

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.

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

The finalists are William T. Lewis Sr., alumni fellow at Virginia Tech, Ronald L. Quincy, professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, and Patrick J. Sims, a professor of theatre and interim vice provost at the University of Wisconsin.

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative roles are Carrolyn J. Bostick at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Marquita Chamblee at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Sharrika Adams at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Creates an Online Archive of the Kenya Gazette

Virginia Tech Creates an Online Archive of the Kenya Gazette

The historic database currently covers the years from 1977 to 1989, and will eventually include all issues of the Kenya Gazette published since the 1890s. When completed the online archive will include more than 4,000 issues.

Two African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Two African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Pamela D. White was promoted to executive director of equity and access in human resources at Virginia Tech. B. Dexter Sharp II is the new assistant director of the Pirate Tutoring Center at East Carolina University.

Three African Americans in New Teaching Roles

Three African Americans in New Teaching Roles

The appointees are Warren E. Milteer Jr. at Virginia Tech, La Marr Jurelle Bruce at the University of Maryland-College Park, and Theresa A. Johnson at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Two African American Educators Announce Their Retirements

Two African American Educators Announce Their Retirements

Hudlin Wagner vice president for student development and dean of students at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota is stepping down at the end of the academic year. Carl Prather was named professor emeritus of mathematics at Virginia Tech.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The new African American administrative appointees are Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, Travis D. Boyce, Anthony Scott, Nevada Winrow, Angel Mason, Joyce Wilkerson, and Yakima S. Rhinehart.

The New Director of Ohio State's Center for Higher Education Enterprise

The New Director of Ohio State’s Center for Higher Education Enterprise

Terrell L. Strayhorn is professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. Earlier this year he was promoted to full professor, the youngest at Ohio State.

Virginia Tech Revamps Its Organizational Structure on Campus Diversity

Virginia Tech Revamps Its Organizational Structure on Campus Diversity

The university, where only 3 percent of the undergraduate student body is Black, has established a new President’s Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council that will oversee all of the university’s diversity efforts.

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.

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.

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Avril Holt at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and Nigel Westmaas at Hamilton College in New York were granted tenure. Anthony Kwame Harrison was appointed to an endowed chair at Virginia Tech.

Six African Americans Receive Major Appointments in Higher Education

Six African Americans Receive Major Appointments in Higher Education

Those taking on new roles are Byron Hughes at Virginia Tech, Nicole Evans at Jackson State, Nicole Pride at North Carolina A&T, Kellen Winslow at Florida A&M, Karen Ely Sanders at Virginia Tech, and Valerie Taylor of Texas A&M.

African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Jacqueline Faulkner is a new vice chancellor at Arkansas State University-Newport. Lori Baker-Lloyd joins the staff at Virginia Tech and Brian Jordan will lead the police department at Howard University.

Four African Americans Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

African American academics appointed to new positions are Myron Hughes at the University of Cincinnati, Keith Pierce at Virginia Tech, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Talitha Washington of Howard University.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

The appointees are Patricia A. Johnson at Lehigh University, Crystal Crockett at Virginia Tech, Ryann Randall at Ohio State, Joseph Taylor at Virginia Union University, and Andre Warner at The Lincoln University.