A Quartet of Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Tracey Osbourne, Management of Complex Systems Professor and University of California Presidential Chair at the University of California, Merced, has been appointed director of the Center for Climate Justice. The center is a system-wide initiative at the University of California to address climate change as a social justice and equity issue.

Dr. Osbourne is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alan Tita has been named associate dean for Global and Women’s Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Tita currently serves as the John C. Hauth, M.D., Endowed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, senior vice-chair for research and innovation, and director of the university-wide interdisciplinary Center for Women’s Reproductive Health.

Dr. Tita received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Cameroon. He holds a master of public health degree from the University of Leeds in England and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center School in Houston.

Dave D. Weatherspoon, professor of agricultural, food, and resource economics and associate dean in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Michigan State University, is taking on the added duties of assistant provost for academic strategic planning. Dr. Weatherspoon joined the faculty at Michigan State in 1988.

Professor Weatherspoon earned a bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. He holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in food and resource economics from the University of Florida.

Felicia Griffin-Fennell has been appointed as the first full-time director of the Academic Fellows Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This includes a faculty appointment in the department of sociology at the university. She has been serving as the founding director of the STEM Starter Academy in Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts.

Dr. Griffin-Fennell holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Virginia State University Receives Approval to Launch MBA Program

“I am confident this program will equip our diverse population of men and women with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to thrive in today’s ever-evolving world of business," said Emmanual Omojokun, dean of the Virginia State University College of Business.

Three Black Scholars Receive Faculty Appointments

The appointments are Erica Armstrong Dunbar at Emory University in Atlanta, Kimberly Haynie at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Kevin Vandiver at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Delaware State University Aviation Program Establishes Partnership with Endeavor Air

Through a new memorandum of understanding, students in the aviation program at Delaware State University will have the opportunity to enroll in a pathway program with Endeavor Air, ultimately leading to a priority interview with the airline company upon completion of required flight hours.

American College of Physicians Honors Bruce Ovbiagele for Advancing Diversity in Healthcare

Dr. Ovbiagele's academic career has been dedicated to eliminating local and global stroke disparities, as well as mentoring medical students and researchers from underrepresented groups.

Featured Jobs