Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments at Universities

Grace Musila has been named associate professor of English at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has been serving as an associate professor of African literature at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier, she taught at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Dr. Musila holds a Ph.D. from the University of Witwatersrand. She is the author of A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain, and the Julie Ward Murder (James Curry, 2015).

Herman Beavers was named the Julie B. Platt & Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the university since 1989.

Professor Beavers is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing at Brown University and a master’s degree in African American studies and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale University.

Dianah Wynter will be the next director of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State Univerity, effective July 1. She has been serving as a professor and chair of the department of cinema and television arts at California State University, Northridge. She was taught at CalState, Northridge for 17 years.

Wynter is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in English literature. She holds master of fine arts degrees from Yale Drama School and the American Film Institute.

Sekou Cooke was appointed director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, effective in August. A native of Jamaica, Cooke has been serving as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University in New York.

Cooke holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell University and a master of architecture degree from Harvard University.

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