Eleven Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Stacy Merida has been named a professor in the department of management at American University in Washington, D.C.. She was previously an assistant professor of music business at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Merida holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an MBA from the University of Mobile in Alabama, and a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Chinedum Ojinnaka has been named an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Ojinnaka was a practicing physician in her home country of Nigeria before coming to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in health services from Texas A&M University.

Linsey Sainte-Claire has been appointed as an assistant professor of French at Middlebury College in Vermont. She was a visiting assistant professor of French and Francophone studies at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Dr. Sainte-Claire holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English from Paris Diderot University in France and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies from the University of Chicago.

Nadine George-Graves has been named a professor of theatre and a professor of dance at Ohio State University. She was previously a professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. George-Graves holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theatre studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in theatre and drama from Northwestern University.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson has been named chair of the department of educational leadership and policy analysis in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves as the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education.

Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn University in Alabama, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State University.

John L. Williams has been selected to serve as the 2018-2019 Albany State University Provost Faculty Fellow. He has been a biology professor at the university since 2010.

Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Albany State University and a Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology from Florida State University.

James Haywood Rolling Jr., has been appointed as the inaugural director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He is a professor of art education and a professor of teaching and leadership.

Professor Rolling holds a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and a master’s degree in studio arts research from Syracuse University in New York.

Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher has been named the inaugural assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She is currently an assistant professor.

Dr. Fletcher holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

Rolanda Johnson has been named assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is an associate professor of nursing and the assistant dean for academics.

Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in nursing science from Vanderbilt University.

Sabriya Rice has been named to the Knight Chair of Health and Medical Journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She was the business of health care reporter for the Dallas Morning News.

Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in film and television from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Miami in Florida.

Ovuokerie Addoh has been named an assistant professor in the department of health, exercise science, and recreation management at the University of Mississippi. He will also serve as director of research engagement for the Jackson Heart Study’s Vanguard Center at the university.

Dr. Addoh holds a Ph.D. in health, exercise science, and recreation management from the University of Mississippi.


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