Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and holds master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University.

Reducing the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The federal government's Healthy People 2020 initiative has set a goal of reducing the infant mortality rate but a new study find that most racial and ethnic groups will fall short of the goal.

Predominantly Black Martin University Placed on Probation by Accrediting Agency

The North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission says the university in Indianapolis is in a "financially precarious position" and cited its low retention and graduation rates.

African American Scholar Promoted to Full Professor at Smith College

Kevin Everod Quashie was promoted to full professor of Afro-American studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He teaches courses on cultural studies and theory.

The Top Three HBCUs in Sending Graduates to Volunteer With the Peace Corps

Howard University in Washington, D.C., currently has 18 graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers. This is triple the number of the HBCU in second place, Spelman College in Atlanta.

NoViolet Bulawayo Wins Two Awards for Her Debut Novel

Bulawayo, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, is a native of Zimbabwe. She won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Etisalat Prize for her book We Need New Names.

New Scholarship Program for Mechanical Engineers at Kentucky State University

The new scholarship program, funded by a grant from Toyota, will provide full-tuition scholarships for three years at Kentucky State and two years at the University of Kentucky.

Two African American Women Win Prestigious Awards

Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George's Community College is honored by the American Council on Education and Merline Pitre of Texas Southern University shares an award for her book.

Florida A&M University to Offer New Master’s Degree Program

The College of Education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has received approval to offer a new master's degree program in curriculum and instruction. The university hopes to enroll 20 students in the program's first year.

Two African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Apryle M. Cotton is the new assistant vice chancellor for human resources at Washington University and Xavier Alexander Cole was appointed vice president for student affairs at Washington College.

In Memoriam: Tanya I. Edwards: 1960-2014

Dr. Edwards was an associate professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the former medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Black Faculty at Stanford: No Progress in 20 Years

The number of Black faculty at Stanford has increased by 25 percent from 1993 to 2003 and another 18 percent from 2003 to 2013 but the Black percentage of the total faculty has remained unchanged at 2.6 percent.

University of Louisville Honors Journalist Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent much of his career at the Washington Post, has been selected to receive the 2014 Brandeis Medal from the University of Louisville School of Law.

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.

University of Nebraska Scholar to Examine Black Family Trees in Early Washington, D.C.

The Early Washington, D.C., Law, and Family Project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, will search through court records of 4,000 cases in the National Archives between 1800 and 1820.

Two Black Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Dhyana Ziegler was named to an endowed chair in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University and Warren Jones was appointed to an endowed chair at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Two African American Administrators Come to Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College, a historically Black college that now has a student body that is only 10 percent Black, recently announced the appointment of two African Americans to administrative posts.

The Alarming Gender Gap in African American College Participation Rates

For African Americans, in 1994, men were nine percentage points more likely to enroll in college immediately after high school graduation. Now, Black women hold a 12 percentage point advantage.

How the Great Recession Impacted the Employment Prospects of Black College Graduates

In 2001, there was almost no racial gap in unemployment rates for recent college graduates. After the Great Recession, a significant racial gap emerged.

Sojourner-Douglass College Faces Accreditation Challenge

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is asking predominately Black Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore to issue a detailed report by September 1 on why it should keep its accreditation.

University of Colorado Led Study Finds Physican Racial Bias Does Not Impact Treatment

The study led by a research team at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that despite the racial biases of physicians, there was no racial difference in treatment for 3,000 minority patients with hypertension.

The Next President of Olive-Harvey College

Angelia Millender has been serving as district vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She will tale office on April 7.

University Study Finds a Racial Bias in Pain Perception Among Young Children

Researchers asked children to rate the severity of pain that they believed other children felt when they experienced events like bumping their head or having their hand slammed in a door.

HBCUs Don’t Fare Well in the Law School Rankings of U.S. News

Of the nearly 200 law schools in the U.S., Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., ranked 135th. This was the highest-ranking law school at a HBCU.

Two Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Brian K. Gibbs was appointed an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Laricka Wingate was named director of the Center for Africana Studies at Oklahoma State University.

Florida A&M University to Establish a Department of Veteran Affairs

There are currently 1.6 million veterans living in the state of Florida. The Department of Veteran Affairs at FAMU will help veterans take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

Honors for Two African Americans in Higher Education

Shauna Carlisle of the University of Washington-Bothell was honored by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Georgetown University is naming its new athletics facility after John R. Thompson Jr.

Stillman College Enters Into Partnership With the Alabama Community College System

Under the agreement students who graduate from a member of the community college system with an associate's degree will be automatically admitted to a Stillman College bachelor's degree program.

Two African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts

Deidra Dennie is the new director of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Jason Horn was named director of athletics at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Gerry Dozier Is a Finalist for Dean of the College of Sciences at Southern Illinois University

Gerry Dozier is currently a professor and chair of the department of computer science at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University.

University of Wisconsin Student Hopes to Establish a University in Burkina Faso

Ousmane Kabre, an accounting major, hopes one day to return to his native Burkina Faso in West Africa and establish a university for students from low-income families.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

Rebecca A. Wanzo, an associate professor, was named associate director of the Center for Humanities at Washington University. Tomeka Robinson was promoted and granted tenure at Marietta College in Ohio.

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