New Assignments for a Half Dozen African American Faculty Members

Rose Shumba was appointed chair of the computer science department at Bowie State University in Maryland. She was a senior professor in the cyber science department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Dr. Shumba is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, where she  majored in computer science. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Manchester in England and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Birmingham in England.

James Manigault-Bryant was promoted to full professor of African studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He joined the faculty at the college in 2010. Earlier in his career, Dr. Manigault-Bryant taught at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a visiting scholar at Morehouse College in Atlanta and the University of Virginia.

Professor Manigault-Bryant is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. He earned a Ph.D. from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brian McGowan was named an associate professor of education at American University in Washington, D.C. He will also serve as associate director of the university’s Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. Dr. McGowan has been serving as an assistant professor of teacher education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. McGowan is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he majored in music education. He holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University.

Cedric Merlin Powell was named the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He has taught at the law school since 1993.

Professor Powell is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He earned a juris doctorate at New York University, where he was the managing editor of The New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

William L. Lake Jr. was appointed assistant professor of music and associate director of bands at the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York at Potsdam. He will serve as conductor for two of the schools four bands. In this role, he will be the first African American to conduct a band in the 93-year history of the School of Music. He was the director of bands at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

Dr. Lake holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a second master’s degree in music education from Boston University and a doctor of music arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kim LeDuff was appointed vice president for academic engagement and student affairs at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She is a professor of communication at the university. Before joining the faculty in 2103, Dr. LeDuff taught at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. LeDuff is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University.


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