Monthly Archives: May 2021

Bridgette M. Brawner Honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Bridgette M. Brawner is an associate professor in the department of family and community health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research focuses on HIV and AIDS among Black residents of Philadelphia and on how mental health conditions, such as depression in Black youth, correlate with unhealthy behaviors.

Free Master’s Degrees for Students Who Agree to Teach in High-Need Public Schools

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, has established the Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship. Under the program, 12 students will be able to earn a graduate degree from Albany State at no cost to them.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for a Quartet of African Americans

Taking on new administrative positions are Laura Colson at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Freddie W. Wills Jr. at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Marie Williams at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Victor Clay at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: Matthew Walker III, 1965-2021

Dr. Walker joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2011 and held dual appointments as professor of the practice of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering and professor of radiology and radiological sciences in the School of Medicine. He also was associate director of the Medical Innovators Development Program.

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.

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.

College of William and Mary Renames Buildings That Honored Confederates or Segregationists

The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, has renamed three buildings and a department that currently honor supporters of the Confederacy or Jim Crow segregation. Two other buildings were renamed a year ago.

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.

Texas Christian University Examines its Ties to Slavery, the Confederacy, and Racial Segregation

The research revealed that the father of the university's founders owned slaves. The founders did not own slaves, but their upbringing did expose them to slavery and racism. The university’s founders were Confederate soldiers.

State University of New York Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

Today, only 4 percent of the faculty members in the state system are Black. Now in its second year, the Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth (PRODiG) program has resulted in 41 percent of all new faculty hires being from underrepresented groups.

Study Finds a Large Racial Trust Gap on College Campuses Across the United States

A new study by Kevin Fosnacth, an associate research scientist at Indiana University, and Shannon M. Calderone an assistant professor of educational leadership at Washington State University, finds that Black college students put far less trust in university officials than their White peers.

Marcus Jones to Lead Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Professor Jones served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Louisiana System for the past year. He was executive vice president for university and business affairs at Northwestern State University from 2017-2020. He has served on the faculty at the university since 1994.

The Percentage of All Doctors Who Are Black Men Has Made No Progress in 80 Years

In 1940, 2.8 percent of physicians in the United States were Black. Almost all were men. By 2018, 5.4 percent of U.S. physicians were Black — 2.6 percent were Black men. Thus, the percentage of all physicians who were Black men made no progress in nearly 80 years.

Lolita Buckner Inniss Will Be the Next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law

Dr. Innis has been serving as senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, University Distinguished Professor, and the inaugural Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She will begin her duties as dean on July 1.

The Racial Gap In Gifted Education Programs Is Not Only About Access

Many studies have shown that Black students are far less likely than their White peers to be selected for gifted education programs. But a new study shows that even when Black students are admitted into these programs they are less likely to benefit from gifted education than White students.

Felicia Ganther Will Be the Fifth President of Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania

Since 2012, Dr. Ganther has been serving as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. Earlier she was the executive director of the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. She will become president of Bucks County Community College on July 1.

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