Monthly Archives: April 2016

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 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Harvard University President Commits to Studying the University’s Ties to Slavery

As a first step, President Faust said that the university is installing a plaque on Wadsworth House on the Harvard campus. The plaque recognizes four enslaved persons who lived and worked in the building for two Harvard presidents during the eighteenth century.

University Project Is Creating a Database of Runaway Slave Advertisements

Researchers at Cornell University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Alabama are collaborating on a project to digitize as many as 100,000 runaway slave advertisements that appeared in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century newspapers.

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 Wyoming Debuts Online Its Liz Byrd Archival Collection

Liz Byrd was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1926. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now West Virginia State University in 1949. In 1980, she became the first African American to be elected to the Wyoming state legislature.

Two African American Academics Win National Book Critic Circle Awards

This year, two of the six winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards are African Americans with current academic affiliations. They are Ross Gay who teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University and Margo Jefferson who teaches at Columbia University and The New School.

Valerie Montgomery Rice Honored by Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Valerie Montgomery Rice is president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She was honored by Georgia-Pacific Corporation for being strong and resilient in a traditional male occupation.

In Memoriam: David Nathaniel Baker Jr., 1931-2016

Professor Baker joined the faculty at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music in 1966. There he founded the jazz program and served as its director for 45 years from 1968 to 2013.

Roland Anglin Named Dean of the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

Dr. Anglin has been serving as senior adviser to the chancellor and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 36.2 percent, of adult non-Hispanic White Americans in 2015 had obtained a bachelor's degree. For adult African Americans in 2015, 22.5 percent had earned a bachelor's degree.

African American Woman Named Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education

Kim Hunter Reed, who has extensive teaching and administrative experience in Louisiana higher education, will be a member of the senior leadership team at the Department of Education that oversees higher education in the United States.

Teachers’ Racial Bias in Expectations for Black Students

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and American University in Washington, D.C., finds that Black and White teachers tend to have different expectations for the same student.

The New Dean of the School of Education at American University

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy currently serves as vice provost for faculty affairs and a professor of counseling and human development at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She will begin her new job in July.

Study Finds Minority Managers Who Hire Minorities Are Likely to Be Rated Less Competent

The results of the study showed that minority managers were rated as less effective when they hired a minority applicant for the open position than minority managers who hired a White person for the post.

Race-Related Assault Reported on the Campus of East Carolina University

A 19-year-old White student from Charlotte was arrested on charges of simple assault and ethnic intimidation. According to police reports, the White student used a racial slur during the assault of a Black man on campus.

Bond Measure to Provide a Financial Windfall for HBCUs in North Carolina

Voters in North Carolina passed a referendum authorizing the issuing of $2 billion in bonds to support the state-operated colleges and universities, water and sewer systems, agriculture, state parks, public safety programs, and National Guard.

Seven African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Here is this week’s roundup of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions.

A Haunting Tour of the Southern University Campus

A journalism professor at Louisiana State University recently toured the campus of nearby Southern University, a historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge. He was shocked by what he found.

Prestigious Honors Bestowed on Two Black Scholars

Patricia Green-Powell of Florida A&M University won an award from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals and Yemane Asmeron of the University of New Mexico was honored by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Cheyney University Signs Agreement With Delaware County Community College

Historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has seen a 50 percent drop in enrollments since 2009. The new agreement opens up new avenues for the university to increase the size of its student body.

Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

The appointees are Ashley Green at Michigan State University, Harvey Fields at Washington University in St. Louis, Terrance J. Tumey at the Claremont Colleges, Gia Soublet at Xavier University of Louisiana, Donald Brooks at Millsaps College in Mississippi, and William Clemm at Florida A&M University.

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