Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles or Responsibilities in Higher Education

Getiria Onsongo is a new assistant professor in the department of mathematics, statistics, and computer science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was an informatics analyst for the Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota.

A native of Kenya, Dr. Onsongo is a graduate of Macalester College and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Samir Bandaogo is a new assistant professor of economics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Bandaogo is a native of Burkina Faso. He is the founder of a clothing firm designed to provide economic opportunity to skilled tailors in his native country.

Dr. Bandaogo is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Yvette Murphy-Erby, a professor of social work at the University of Arkansas, has been given the added duties of vice provost for diversity and inclusion at the university. Dr. Murphy-Erby first came to the University of Arkansas in 2004. After a year at the Duke Endowment, she returned to the university in 2009.

Dr. Murphy-Erby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ann-Margaret Esnard, Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, was given the added duties as interim associate dean for research and strategic initiatives for the university’s School of Policy Studies. Esnard has been at Georgia State since 2013. She is co-editor of the recently released book, Coming Home After Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery (CRC Press, 2016).

Professor Esnard is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. She holds a master’s degree in agronomy and soils from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and a Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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