New Duties in the Academic World for Eight Black Faculty Members

Kwame Awuah-Offei, an associate professor of mining engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the Advisory Board on Mineral and Energy Royalty Policy Committee.

Dr. Offei is a graduate of the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Tyshawn Sorey is a new assistant professor of music at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is a composer and musician who plays trombone, piano, and percussion.

Dr. Sorey is a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctor of musical arts degree from Columbia University.

Lisa R. Brown was named Faculty Diversity Fellow at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is the former director of intercultural relations at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of public administration degree from the University of Akron. She earned a doctorate in adult education at the University of Georgia.

Wonder Drake, an associate professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, was selected as a Chancellor’s Higher Education Fellow at the university. The program prepares faculty members for leadership roles in higher education.

Dr. Drake earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University.

Abi Williams was appointed director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He had a long career with the United Nations and in 2013 was the founding president of the Hague Institute for Global Justice.

A native of Sierre Leone, Dr. Williams holds a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Tufts University.

Pauline Goza was named director of the department of extended studies at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a former professor of English at the university. In 2007, she founded the consulting firm Goza & Associates.

Dr. Goza earned an educational doctorate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Reginold Royston is a new assistant professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Earlier, he was a lecturer in Africana studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Royston is a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University, where he double majored in anthropology and philosophy. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African diaspora studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Margarita Guillory was named a Wilmot Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. She has taught at the university since 2011. Dr. Guillory is a co-editor of Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There Is A Mystery (Brill, 2014).

Dr. Guillory holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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