Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

LangClarence Lang was named chair of the department of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2012, Dr. Lang was an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 (University of Michigan Press, 2009).

Dr. Lang is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He holds a master’s degree from Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois.

DerrickRoshawnda Annette Derrick was named an assistant professor of Spanish linguistics at Pepperdine University in California, beginning in the fall of 2015. She is a King-Chavez-Parks Fellow at Wayne State University in Detroit.

In June, Derrick will be defending her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Radical Bilingualism, Code-Switching, and Code-Mixing in U.S. Latino Texts” at Wayne State.

jimgates2Sylvester James Gates Jr. was named the Roth Distinguished Scholar at Dartmouth College. Professor Gates will be in residence at Dartmouth for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Gates holds the John S. Toll Chair and is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park.

Professor Gates holds bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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