New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Desmond Patton, an assistant professor of social work at Columbia University, will be a Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard University for the 2017-2018 academic year. During the fellowship, he will write manuscripts that examine the link between social media communication, grief, trauma, and gang violence among youth in Chicago.

Dr. Patton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he majored in anthropology and political science. He holds a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

Dana Rice was appointed clinical assistant professor of public health leadership in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a senior lecturer at the medical school and in the department of biological sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Rice is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in community health services research from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and a doctorate from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Keisha M. Love was appointed a professor of psychology and associate provost for faculty development and special initiatives at the University of Cincinnati. Since 2014, she has been chair of the department of psychology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Previously, she taught at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Love is a graduate of Kentucky State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Regina Taylor was named to the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham University in New York. Professor Taylor is an awarding-winning actress, playwright, and director.

At Fordham, Taylor will direct a student production of her 2009 play Magnolia, an adaption of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

A. Todd Franklin was named the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Teaching Excellence at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He also chairs the Africana studies program at the college. Professor Franklin is the co-editor of Critical Affinities: Nietzsche and African American Thought (State University of New York Press, 2006).

Dr. Franklin is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Christopher Lance Coleman was appointed professor and chair of the department of health promotion and disease prevention in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He is the former Fagin Term associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Dr. Coleman is a graduate of Walla Walla University in Washington State. He holds a master’s degree in family and child psychiatry from Oregon Health Sciences University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.


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