Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Danielle Taana Smith was appointed professor of African American studies and director of the University Honors Program at Syracuse University in New York. She has been serving as a professor of sociology and director of the Honors Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in Russian studies. She holds an MBA from what is now Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina.

Stephanie Lusk, an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of Arkansas, has been given the added duties as director of diversity for the College of Education and Health Professions.

Dr. Lusk holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation education and research from the University of Arkansas. She also holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Arkansas State University.

Lerone A. Martin was promoted to associate professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also granted tenure. Dr. Martin is the author of Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014).

Dr. Martin is a graduate of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta.


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