Two African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments at HBCUs

April L. Jones was appointed chair of the department of social work at Tuskegee University in Alabama. For the past 10 years, Dr. Jones has served as the family advocacy outreach manager at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Jones is a graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She earned a master of social work degree at the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in management from Faulkner University in Montgomery. Dr. Jones earned a third master’s degree in instructional design and technology and a doctorate in organizational psychology from Walden University.

Monique L. Akassi, who has been serving as an associate professor of English and chair of the department of languages and literature at Virginia Union University in Richmond, was named associate provost for faculty affairs at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier in her career, she served on the faculty at Morgan State University in Baltimore and Bowie State University in Maryland.

Dr. Akassi is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She holds a master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from Morgan State University.

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