New Assignments in Higher Education for Five African American Faculty Members

Maria del Guadalupe “Lupe” Davidson has been named the Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and the director and academic coordinator for social justice affairs at West Virginia University. She currently serves as associate professor, chair of women’s and gender studies, and co-director for the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Jessica Scoffield has been named the first-ever recipient of the American Association for Dental Research and Procter & Gamble Underrepresented Faculty Research Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Dr. Scoffield holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree both in biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama, and a Ph.D in microbiology from Auburn University in Alabama.

Tina M. Harris has been named to the Manship-Maynard Chair in Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. She currently serves as a professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Georgia. She is the co-author of Interracial Communication: Theory Into Practice (Sage Publications, 2013).

Dr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Kentucky.

Rodney Priestley has been promoted to full professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey. He has been a Princeton faculty member since 2009. He also serves as the director of graduate studies in chemical and biological engineering.

Dr. Priestley is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he majored in chemical engineering. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in chemical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Lynette Yarger has been named the inaugural assistant dean for equity and inclusion for the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University. She is an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State.

Dr. Yarger is a graduate of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where she majored in computer and information systems. She holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree both in computer information systems from Georgia State University.


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