Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

James Mack, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati was given the added duties as associate dean of the Graduate School. He has been assistant chair of the chemistry department since 2013.

Dr. Mack is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

woodson_headerEdwin Kwame Otu is joining the faculty at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Otu recently completed his Ph.D. degree at Syracuse University in New York.

A native of Ghana, he served as two-year term as a predoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute.

JenningsJ’Aime Jennings, an assistant professor of health management and systems sciences at the University of Louisville, was appointed assistant editor for the healthcare economics, policy, and organization section of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Dr. Jennings is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she majored in economics. She holds a master of public administration degree from the University of West Georgia and a Ph.D. in health services administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

ShermanHenrySherman Henry will be joining the faculty at the Labor and Education Research Center of the University of Oregon this September. He served for 21 years as the executive director of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) local in Miami, which represents the 9,000 non-faculty employees of the Miami-Dade public schools. From 2011 to 2015, he taught at the Center for Labor Research and Studies at Florida International University in Miami.

Henry is a graduate of the National Labor College in White Oak, Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in adult education from Florida International University and is currently studying for a doctorate through Grand Canyon University.

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