Two African American Educators in New Teaching Roles at the University of San Diego

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego has announced several appointments and promotions. One new faculty member is an African American and another Black scholar was promoted.

Joi A. Spencer was promoted to associate professor in the department of learning and teaching. Her research is focused on improving mathematics teaching in inner-city schools.

Dr. Spencer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Christopher B. Newman was appointed assistant professor in the department of learning and teaching. He has served as a research analyst at the Higher Education Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles and as a recruiter and admissions counselor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Newman is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. He holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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