Seven African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Rebecca A. Neal was named to the Gordon B. Sanders Endowed Chair in Teacher Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She will also serve as the director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at the university.

Dr. Neal earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Hampton University in Virginia. She holds master’s degrees in special education from the College of William and Mary and the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a special education and culturally responsiveness concentration from Arizona State University.

Leslie S. Jones was appointed chair of the department of ophthalmology at the Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She is an associate professor and director of glaucoma services at Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Jones earned her medical degree and ophthalmology residency at Howard University.

Marcus Board Jr. is a new assistant professor of African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His research examines how government and social services can be disproportionately allocated for select groups on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality.

Dr. Board is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he majored in Africana studies and political science. He holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Janet Garcia-Hallett is a new assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research is focused on the impact of incarceration on families and communities of color.

Dr. Garcia-Hallett holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Kareem Jordan was named associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He had been serving on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Dr. Jordan is the co-author of Race and Ethnicity in the Juvenile Justice System (Carolina Academic Press).

Dr. Jordan holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Yusuf Ransome is a new assistant professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. He was conducting postdoctoral research at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research examines racial disparities in HIV healthcare.

Dr. Ransome is a graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He holds a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University in New York.

James Mason was hired as an assistant professor of business management at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An accomplished jazz musician, Dr. Mason worked for the New York Stock Exchange and Panasonic.

Dr. Mason earned an MBA at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in socio-technical systems from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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