Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, an associate professor of communications and Africana studies at Georgia Southern University, received the 2017 Rex Crawley Outstanding Service Award from the Black Caucus of the National Communication Association. The award honors an individual who “does extraordinary works of service through social advocacy, community service, or mentoring.”

Dr. Desnoyers-Colas is the author of Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2014). She holds a Ph.D. in communication from Regent University.

Stacy Hawkins, an associate professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, has been selected to receive the 2017 Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools. The award honors an individual for commitment to diversity issues in scholarship and teaching and contributions to the community. Professor Hawkins will be honored at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego this month.

Professor Hawkins is graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Deborah Deas, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and CEO for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine of the University of California, Riverside, received the Pre-Medical Society’s Outstanding Alumni Service Award in Medicine from the College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Before becoming dean at the University of California, Riverside in 2016, Dr. Deas was the interim dean of the College of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Deas is a 1978 graduate of the College of Charleston, where she majored in biology. She holds a master of public health degree from the University of South Carolina and a medical doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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