New Assignments for Nine Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

Bernadette Atuahene is the Damon J. Keith Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit for the current academic year. She is on the faculty at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Professor Atuahene is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

Todne Thomas is a new assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School. She is also serving as the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

Joseph D. Nelson is a new assistant professor of educational studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. For the past two years, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the college.

Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago. He holds a master’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in urban education from the City University of New York.

Kayla Henderson was named Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University. She is the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Henderson is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and earned an executive master’s in leadership degree from the university.

Babatunde Ogunnaike, who holds the William L. Friend Chair and is dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware was appointed to the board of directors of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He joined the faculty at the university in 2002 and was named dean in 2011.

Professor Ogunnaike earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dorian C. Arnold was hired as an associate professor of computer science at Emory University in Atlanta. He was an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Arnold is a summa cum laude graduate of Regis University in Denver. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dionne Danns, an associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, was named associate vice provost for institutional diversity.

Dr. Danns holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb. She earned a Ph.D. in educational policy students from the University of Illinois.

Mamadou Diagne is a new assistant professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering at Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Dr. Diagne is a graduate of Blaise Pascal University in France. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in control engineering from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon in France.

Amah Edoh was appointed an assistant professor of African studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She conducted postdoctoral research at MIT during the 2016-17 academic year.

Dr. Edoh holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in history, anthropology and science from MIT. She also earned a master’s degree at Harvard University.


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