A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, received the Beta Phi Mu Award from the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. The award is given “in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship.”

Dr. Knowles joined the staff at Simmons College in 1988. She holds a doctorate in library science from Simmons College.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, received the 2017 Distinguished Feminist Activist award from Sociologists for Women in Society. The award honors “outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and have identifiably improved women’s lives.” Dr. Cottom is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press, 2017).

Dr. Cottom is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she majored in English and political science. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Robert A. Winn, professor of medicine, associate vice chancellor for community-based practice, and director of the Cancer Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Winn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan Medical School.

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