African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

by Nicholas D. Hartlep and Kendra Theodosopoulos

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has a history of publishing articles on the numbers of African American endowed professors. This article updates this previous literature and adds to it by looking specifically at current faculty of education who hold either endowed or distinguished professorships. As of the writing of this article, we have identified 43 endowed faculty. Twenty are women and 23 are men. Meanwhile, there are nine distinguished faculty. Eight are men and one is a woman.

African Americans with Endowed Chairs in Education:

AllenWalter Allen (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education
University of California, Los Angeles/Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences


jandersJames D. Anderson (Ph.D., University of Illinois)
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana


Banks-JamesJames A. Banks (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies
University of Washington, Seattle


beachumFloyd D. Beachum (Ed.D., Bowling Green State University)
Bennett Professor of Urban School Leadership
Lehigh University


beckwithllLynn Beckwith Jr. (Ed.D., Saint Louis University)
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professorship in Urban Education in Conjunction with the St. Louis Public Schools
University of Missouri – St. Louis


Bonner-Fred-profile-largeFred Bonner (Ed.D., University of Arkansas)
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education
Rutgers University


BrownCory T. Brown (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Ashland Oil College of Education Endowed Professorship
Murray State University


Norvella P. Carter (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago)ncarter
Endowed Chair in Urban Education
Texas A & M University


Beverly_CrossBeverly E. Cross (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Urban Education
University of Memphis


Philip T.K. Daniel (Ed.D., University of Illinois)daniel
William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration
The Ohio State University


darling_lindaLinda Darling-Hammond (Ed.D., Temple University)
Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Stanford University


davisJames Earl Davis (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education
Temple University


dillardCynthia B. Dillard (Ph.D., Washington State University)
Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education
University of Georgia


FranklinAnderson J. Franklin (Ph.D., University of Oregon)
Honorable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education Director
Boston College


gadsden_smallVivian L. Gadsden (Ed.D., University of Michigan)
William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education
University of Pennsylvania


carlgrantCarl A. Grant (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison


LouisGomezLouis M. Gomez (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning
University of California Los Angeles


GreenPrestonPreston C. Green III (Ed.D., Teachers College/Columbia University)
John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education
University of Connecticut


helmsJanet E. Helms (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Augustus Long Professor in Measurement and Assessment
Boston College


joyce-kingJoyce E. King (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair
Georgia State University


gjladsonGloria Ladson-Billings (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Kellner Family Professorship in Urban Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lawrence-Lightfoot_SSara Lawrence-Lightfoot (Ed.D., Harvard University)
Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education
Harvard University


carol-lee-profileCarol D. Lee (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University


vlewisVeronica Evans Lewis (Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi)
Kitty Degree Endowed Professorship in Education
University of Louisiana Monroe


terrylongBridget Terry Long (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Saris Professor of Education and Economics
Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


JabariJabari Mahiri (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago)
William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Teaching
University of California, Berkeley


MilnerH. Richard Milner IV (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education
University of Pittsburgh


mitchellRoland Mitchell (Ph.D., University of Alabama)
Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor, School of Education
Louisiana State University


alicia_mooreAlicia Moore (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)
Cargill Professorship in Education
Southwestern University


MorellErnest Morrell (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Macy Professor of Education
Teachers College, Columbia University


murryVelma McBride Murry (Ph.D., University of Missouri)
Louis Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development
Vanderbilt University


Pedro1Pedro A. Noguera (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education
New York University


Carla O'ConnorCarla O’Connor (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
University of Michigan


Peter Sheppard (Ph.D., Southern University)
SLEMCO/BORSF Professorship in Education
University of Louisiana at Lafayette


spencerMargaret Beale Spencer (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education
University of Chicago


stevensonHoward Stevenson (Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology)
Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education
University of Pennsylvania


Gail_Thompson1Gail L. Thompson (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University)
Wachovia-Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education
Fayetteville State University


turnerWilliam Lofton Turner (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
Betts Chair of Education and Human Development
Vanderbilt University/Peabody College


vincent_mainGregory J. Vincent (Ed.D, University of Pennsylvania)
W.K. Kellogg Professorship in Community College Leadership
University of Texas at Austin


WalkerVanessa Siddle Walker (Ed.D., Harvard University)
Samuel Dobbs Professor of Educational Studies
Emory University


allyson-l-watson-phdAllyson L. Watson (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma)
Eddings Endowed Chair for Urban Education, Outreach and Research
Northeastern State University


winn_headshotMaisha T. Winn (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley)
Susan J. Cellmer Chair in Teacher Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison


john-yeldingJohn Yelding (M.A., Western Michigan University)
Susan M. and Glenn G. Cherup Professorship in Education
Hope College


African Americans with Distinguished Professorships:

lflowerLamont A. Flowers (Ph.D., University of Iowa)
Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership
Clemson University


FullerHoward L. Fuller (Ph.D., Marquette University)
Distinguished Professor of Education
Marquette University


JacksonPhotoJerlando F. L. Jackson (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison


LewisChance W. Lewis (Ph.D., Colorado State University)
Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
University of North Carolina – Charlotte


Lomotey-KofiKofi Lomotey (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Chancellor John Bardo and Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership
Western Carolina University


james-mooreJames L. Moore III (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
The Ohio State University


charles_payne_webCharles Payne (Ph.D., Northwestern University)
Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago


strutchensMarilyn Strutchens (Ph.D., University of Georgia)
Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor
Auburn University


william-tateWilliam F. Tate (Ph.D., University of Maryland)
Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis


Authors’ Note: Every effort has been made to identify all African Americans holding endowed chairs and distinguished professorships at American universities. We apologize in advance if there have been any omissions and, if so, we ask our readers to inform us of any inaccuracies. We have updated the original version of this article to reflect reader contributions and thank them for their input.

About the authors: Nicholas Daniel Hartlep teaches at Illinois State University in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Kendra Theodosopoulos is a doctoral student at Illinois State University and at the time of this article was a graduate assistant.

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