African American Faculty News

Birgitta J. Johnson is a new assistant professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. She is currently working on converting her doctoral dissertation on music ministry in mega-churches in Los Angeles into a book.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Cynthia Nance, the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, was named a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Professor Nance is dean emerita of the University of Arkansas School of Law, having served as dean from 2006 to 2011. She joined the faculty at the university in 1994.

Professor Nance is a magna cum laude graduate of Chicago State University. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Iowa.

Jessica L. Buck, associate professor of technology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University in Mississippi, was elected president of the student division of the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The division hosts competitions for students in robotics and other fields and promotes the development of undergraduate and graduate programs in technology.

Dr. Buck is a graduate of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

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