Four Black Scholars Taking on New Academic Duties at Major Universities

John Rickford was named to a six-year term as a Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Scholars selected for these professorships visit campus for a week while classes are in session to participate in academic activities. Dr. Rickford is the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University.

Dr. Rickford is the author of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English (John Wiley & Sons, 2000). He is past president of the Linguistic Society of America. Professor Rickford joined the faculty at Stanford University in 1980. Professor Rickford is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he majored in sociolinguistics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Harding was hired as an assistant professor in the department of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She is a certified public accountant.

Dr. Harding recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She holds a bachelor’s’ degree and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Natoya Haskins, an assistant professor of counselor education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, was named co-director of the Undergraduate Research Experience program at the university. She joined the faculty at the College of William and Mary in 2016 after teaching at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Haskins is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She holds master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University and a Ph.D. in counselor education from the College of William and Mary.

Robert L. Listenbee was appointed the Stoneleigh Foundation Visiting Fellow in the department of psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He was the administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Listenbee is a graduate of Harvard University of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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