Monthly Archives: April 2020

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Brown University Students Explore the History of a Local African American Cemetery

Three graduate students in archaeology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, worked with the Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission in Newport, Rhode Island, to create an interactive map of God’s Little Acre, one of the oldest African and African American burial grounds in the United States.

Racists Zoombomb Black Student Group at the University of South Carolina

During an online social gathering of the Association of African American Students at the University of South Carolina, racist individuals crashed the Zoom meeting and proceeded to post a plethora of images, videos, and messages containing racist slurs and derogatory terms.

In Memoriam: Pellom McDaniels III, 1968-2020

After a long career in the National Football League, Pellomm McDaniels III earned master's and doctoral degrees and taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Emory University. At the time of his death, he was curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory.

Nineteen HBCUs Awarded Grants From the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the awarding of more than $14 million in grants to 19 historically Black universities. The grants provide funds for scholarships for students in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields.

Race Is the Most Frequent Motivation for Hate Crimes on College Campuses

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that there were 860 hate crimes on college and university campuses that were reported to the police or campus security agencies in 2015. The actual number of hate crime incidents is probably much higher.

Benjamin Ola. Akande Will Be the Ninth President of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

Dr. Akande currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor for international affairs–Africa, and as associate director of the Global Health Center at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2015 to 2017, he was president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Morgan State University Investigates Baltimore Citizens’ Relationship to City Police

The survey found that participants consistently reported that the police department did not show respect toward civilians. And a majority of participants reported that they had observed police engaging in racial profiling, using excessive force, and using verbally abusive language toward civilians.

The Next Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Hansel Burley is currently the chair of the department of educational psychology and leadership and professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Study Finds a Significant Racial Disparity in Depression Among Older American Adults

Researchers surveyed more than 25,000 adults over the age of 50. They found that members of racial and ethnic minority groups were up to twice as likely to report more severe depressive symptoms than non-Hispanic White participants.

Texas Southern University in Houston Appoints Kenneth Huewitt as Interim President

Huewitt, who has been serving as acting president since January, joined Texas Southern in 2017 as the chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration. Earlier, he was chief financial officer and interim president of the Houston Independent School District.

Morgan State University Planning Options for the Fall 2020 Semester

David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, has taken actions to protect the university’s financial health throughout the coronavirus crisis and has unveiled three potential planning models to guide operations in the fall.

Princeton University Adds a Major African American Scholar to Its Faculty

Ismail White joins the Princeton University faculty this fall as a professor of politics and public affairs. Since 2018, he has taught at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Since 2015, he has served as director of Survey Research at the Joint Center for Political and Research Studies in Washington, D.C.

South Carolina State University Adds a New Academic Program in Applied Exercise Science

The new program offers specialized courses to meet students' academic needs, including biomechanics, foundations of strength and conditioning, foundations of therapeutic exercise, and the applied exercise science senior practicum.

University of Massachusetts Names Its Fine Arts Center After a Former Chancellor

Dr. Randolph Bromery first came to the University of Massachusetts as a professor of geology in 1967. At the time he was one of only seven Black faculty members out of a total faculty of about 1,000. There were only 36 African American students on campus out of a total student body of 14,000.

HBCUs Raise Money to Help Students In Need Due to the Pandemic

HBCUs have established emergency funds to raise money to help students cover unexpected housing, food, travel, and technology costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

ShaRonda Cooper has been named director of the Department of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. Phillip Hunt will be the registrar at North Dakota State University and Davida Loren Haywood was appointed vice president for student affairs at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

In Memoriam: Lila Althea Fenwick, 1932-2020

Lila Fenwick was the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. She died from complications of the coronavirus on April 4 at her home in New York City.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: Augustus Leonard Jones Sr. 1946-2020

Gus Jones was director of the Success Reading Center at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He also led the college's alumni association and served on the college's board of trustees.

Three Black Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The three African American scholars who were promoted to full professor are Tyson King-Meadows in political science, Kimberly Moffitt in the doctoral program in Language, Literacy, and Culture, and Shawn M. Bediako in psychology.

In Memoriam: Alicia Lawrence, 1983-2020

Alicia Lawrence was deputy dean and executive director of residential life and housing at Barnard College in New York City. Before joining the staff at Barnard, Lawrence held administrative posts at Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Ohio University.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Study Finds That School Teachers Hold Racial Biases Similar to the General Population

In a series of tests, researchers evaluated the racial biases of a huge group of more than 1.5 million Americans. Among this large group were nearly 69,000 teachers. The results showed that teachers were only slightly less likely to show racial bias than the population as a whole.

Corey S. Bradford, Sr. Appointed President of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis

Most recently, Dr. Bradford has been serving as senior vice president for business affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Earlier, he served for 16 years within the Southern Illinois University System in various leadership positions.

Scholars Discover Alarming Data on Child Loss in Sub-Saharan African Nations

A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago finds that two thirds of all mothers in sub-Saharan African nations lose a child by the time they are in their late 40s.

The University of Hawai’i School of Law Names Camille Nelson as Its Next Dean

Since 2015, Professor Nelson has served as dean of the American University Washington College of Law. She previously served as dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston and earlier was on the faculty at the law school at Saint Louis University.

Education Department Report Offers Data on Black Teachers in U.S. K-12 Schools

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education looks at teachers in the nation's public and private K-12 schools. Some of the data is broken down by racial and ethnic group. The report documents that 80 percent of all teachers in K-12 schools in the United States are White. Only 6.3 percent are Black.

Eric Bishop Will Be the First African American President of Ohlone College in California

Dr. Bishop currently is the head of student services and legislative engagement for Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He has been at Chaffey College since 2007 serving in roles such as dean of the Fontana campus and interim dean of physical education and athletics.

Geneive Henry of Susquehanna University Honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research

Geneive Henry is the Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. She has been awarded the Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Chemistry Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Howard University Signs Agreement With the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

As part of the agreement, Howard University faculty will utilize CCDC assets to provide training and research opportunities to students in areas such as artificial intelligence, electronic devices, and unmanned machinery. They will also have access to defense laboratory equipment currently on loan to the university by CCDC.

Two African American Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Given New Assignments

Karen D. Morgan was named senior vice president for academic affairs at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Bianca Harris was appointed director of the new online master's degree program in criminal justice at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Benedict College in South Carolina Offers a New Group of Online Certificate Programs

Accessible through the Benedict College Virtual Learning website, students will have the opportunity to receive professional development certifications in programs such as cybersecurity, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain management and more.

Cynthia Dillard Wins Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Foundations of Education

Each year, the award is presented by the American Educational Studies Association to an individual "who has published significantly influential works, excels in mentorship, provides leadership and growth to the academic field and has a reputation in educational foundations."

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