Four African-American Educators Honored With Awards

Gloria J. Ladson-Billings,the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin, was named the recipient of the 2012 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate. She is being honored for “pioneering the adoption of culturally responsive teaching strategies among educators.” She will receive the award next March at ceremonies on the campus of the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Ladson-Billings is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore and holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate from Stanford University. She is the author of Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education and The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children.

Beverly D. Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta received a PINK Award from Little PINK Book, an online digital platform aimed at professional women. President Tatum was honored for her career-long commitment to women’s advancement.

Dr. Tatum is a graduate of Wesleyan University. She holds a master’s degree from the Hartford Seminary and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Five Ph.D. students were recently awarded Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Students who receive the awards are eligible for up to $18,000 over three years to complete their Ph.D. degrees. Recipients agree to seek teaching positions in a college of nursing after completing their doctorates. One of the recipients is an African American. Patty R. Wilson is a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland. She is a clinical instructor in community/public health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research is focused on African-American victims of intimate partner violence.

Alphonso Sanders, a noted jazz musician chair of the department of fine arts at Mississippi Valley State University was named Humanities Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Dr. Sanders has been a music educator for more than 25 years.

He holds music degrees from Mississippi Valley State University, Valdosta State University, and the University of Mississippi.

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