Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Roles

Michael Strickland, who teaches in the department of communication and media at Boise State University in Idaho, was appointed to the Idaho Commission for Libraries by the state’s governor. As part of the five-member board of commissioners, Strickland will help set policies that shape Idaho’s libraries.

Strickland has taught at Boise State since 2008. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he majored in communication. He holds a master’s degree in corporate communications from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and taken doctoral course work at New York University.

Narketta Sparkman-Key, associate professor for counseling and human services at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, recently was named director of faculty diversity and retention. Dr. Sparkman-Key’s research focus is geared toward further defining the professional identity of human services practitioners and she is an expert on adolescent suicide.

Dr. Sparkman-Key is a graduate of Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and earned a doctorate in human services through Capella University.

Frederick A. Williams Jr. was appointed professor of criminal justice at Kentucky State University. He was director of criminal justice studies at Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a 20-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where he majored in criminal justice and played football. He holds a master’s degree in justice administration and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Louisville.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Report Established by State Senator Art Haywood Uncovers Racism in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

"Ultimately, Pennsylvania's leaders and institutions should respect the dignity of all students," says Senator Art Haywood. "The work to ensure that dignity is intact for Pennsylvania's Students of Color continues with this report in hopes that one day the work will no longer be required."

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman Appointed President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

"I appreciate the support I have received from my faculty and trainee colleagues here at UC San Diego along with colleagues from around the world," says Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman. "Together we will work to advance our field and our reach, improving patient outcomes and eliminating health disparities."

Rate of Black Homeownership in America Remains Virtually Unchanged Since 2012

The National Association of Realtors has found that although homeownership rates in American are steadily increasing, the rate of Black homeownership has experienced significantly less growth than White, Asian, and Hispanic homeownership since 2012.

Safiya George Named President of the University of the Virgin Islands

“As a servant leader, I am confident I will be an effective President for the University of the Virgin Islands and will remain humble and grounded with a sincere desire to improve outcomes and the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the community," says Safiya George, who will assume the role of president of the University of the Virgin Islands this summer.

Featured Jobs