Three African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Mignon R. Moore was promoted to full professor of sociology at Barnard College in New York City. she joined the faculty at Barnard in 2015 and was named chair of the sociology department in 2018. Before coming to Barnard, Dr. Moore taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women (University of California Press, 2011).

Professor Moore is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Suzanne Weekes, professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, has been named interim associate dean of undergraduate studies at the university. She also serves as is a co-founder and co-director of the nationwide Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences.

Professor Weekes is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics and scientific computing from the University of Michigan.

Tracy L. Jackson was appointed director of the physician assistant program at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. She currently serves as a member of the Governance and Ethics Board of the Physician Assistants Educators Association and as an assistant professor in the physician assistant program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. From 2017 to 2018, she served as president of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.

Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Lehman College of the City University of New York. She holds a master’s degree in health science from the Lehman College School of Graduate Studies and is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership administration at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education.


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