Two African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

cleckleyFranklin D. Cleckley, the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at West Virginia University, received the 2013 Neil S. Bucklew award for Social Justice from the university’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Professor Cleckley has served on the university’s faculty for 44 years and was the first African American to achieve the rank of full professor at WVU. He will be retiring at the end of the academic year.

Professor Cleckley is a graduate of Anderson College in Indiana and the law school at Indiana University. He later earned a master of law degree at Harvard University.

donnaFordPhotoDonna Y. Ford, a professor of education and human development at the Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University, was selected as a winner of the Faculty Achievement Award from the Southeastern Conference.  One scholar from each of the 14 universities that are members of the conference is selected to win the award which honors achievement in research and scholarship.

Professor Ford is the co-author of Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students (Prufrock Press, 2005) and the author of the forthcoming book Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education (Prufrock Press, 2013). She hold bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from Cleveland State University.

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