Four African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, professor and chair of the department of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, has been chosen to serve as the university’s interim vice provost for undergraduate education. Dr. Luster-Teasley holds patents from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada for the development of a controlled-release chemical oxidation polymer system for remediation of water and wastewater.

Professor Luster-Teasley is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she majored in chemical engineering. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Michigan State University.

Michael C. Mason has been named chair of the liberal arts and sciences department at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. Dr. Mason, who joined Berklee in 2006, most recently served as assistant chair of the liberal arts department.

Dr. Mason holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Loyola University Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in K–12 educational administration and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

M. Denise Lovett was appointed associate professor of psychological science at Valdosta State University in Georgia. She will also serve as program coordinator for African American studies at the university. She previously served on the faculty at South Carolina State University.

Dr. Lovett holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University. She earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Cincinnati.

Nina Lyon Bennett has been appointed assistant dean for academics for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. Dr. Bennett was chair for the department of human ecology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she also served as an associate professor of social sciences and human ecology.

Dr. Bennett earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from what is now Clark Atlanta University. She holds a doctoral degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia.

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