Three African American Scholars Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Earlise C. Ward, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the next director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. The center serves to connect students, faculty, and staff to the global community through service and learning. Dr. Ward will begin her new role in January.

Dr. Ward is a graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, where she majored in international marketing. She holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gary C. Bennett, the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, and Medicine and director of the Global Digital Health Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was given the added duties as vice provost for undergraduate education at the university, effective July 1.

Dr. Bennett joined the faculty at Duke in 2009 after teaching at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and holds a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at Duke University.

Samiya Bashir was promoted and granted tenure at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She joined the faculty at the college in 2012 and teaches courses in creative writing. She is the author of several poetry collections including Where the Apple Falls (RedBone Press, 2005).

Bashir is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan.

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