Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Awards

lissa-stapletonLissa Stapleton, an assistant professor in the higher education student affairs program at the University of Southern Mississippi, received the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award from NASPA, the organization of student affairs administrators in higher education. Dr. Stapleton was honored for her dissertation entitled “The Unexpected Talented Tenth: Black d/Deaf Student Thriving Within the Margins.”

Dr. Stapleton is a graduate of Wright State University in Ohio. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a doctorate from Iowa State University.

HillRetha Hill, a professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, received the Louis R. Lautier Award for Career Achievement at the Southern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Professor Hill joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 2007 after serving as an executive for Black Entertainment Television.

HollowayKarla FC Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina will receive the Award for Distinguished Contribution in Ethnic Studies from MELUS, the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Professor Holloway is the author of eight books including Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature (Duke University Press, 2014).

Professor Holloway is a graduate of Talladega College in Alabama. She holds a master’s degree from the Duke University School of Law and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English and linguistics from Michigan State University.

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