Four African American Men Assuming New Faculty Roles

Donald Mitchell Jr., was promoted to full professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Before joining the faculty at Bellarmine University, Dr. Mitchell was assistant professor and program coordinator for the master’s degree in higher education program and a faculty associate for the Division of Inclusion & Equity, at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he majored in chemistry. Dr. Mitchell holds a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Pero Dagbovie was named a Distinguished Professor of History at Michigan State University. He also serves as associate dean of the Graduate School at the university.

Professor Dagboive is the author of several books including Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C.: The Father of Black History (The History Press, 2014), and What is African American History? (Polity Press, 2015).

Derrick R. Brooms was appointed an associate professor of sociology with an affiliation in Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he served as an associate professor of sociology at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Brooms is the author of the book Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences (SUNY Press, 2017). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he majored in African and African American Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University Chicago.

Alvin Crawley, was appointed to the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He will teach graduate courses in the Education Leadership Program. Since 2013, Dr. Crawley has been the superintendent of the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.

Dr. Crawley holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders education from Hampton University in Virginia, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Northeastern University in Boston and an educational doctorate with a concentration in instructional leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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