Four African American Women in New Faculty Posts

Nomsa E. Geleta was appointed chair of the department of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She has been serving as dean of the School of Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of the University of Zululand in South Africa, Dr. Geleta holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

wiggintonSheridan Wigginton was promoted to full professor of Spanish and granted tenure at California Lutheran University. She joined the faculty at the university in 2011 as chair of the department of languages and cultures. She is president of the Afro/Latin-American Research Association.

Professor Wigginton is a magna cum laude graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in foreign language curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri.

brangmasSharon A. Brangman, a professor of medicine and chief of geriatric medicine at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, was named a Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York System. She specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and is the former president of the American Geriatric Society.

Dr. Brangman received her undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University and her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She joined the faculty at Upstate Medical University in 1989.

HELeeHelen Elaine Lee was named director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a professor of fiction writing in the department of comparative media/writing. She joined the MIT faculty in 1995. Professor Lee is the author of two novels: The Serpent’s Gift (Athenaeum, 1994), and Water Marked (Scribner, 1999).

Professor Lee is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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