Vanderbilt University has appointed 11 faculty members to endowed chairs. Three of the appointments went to Black men.
C. André Christie-Mizell was appointed to the Centennial Chair in Sociology. He also serves as vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Christie-Mizell, who joined Vanderbilt’s department of sociology as a tenured associate professor in 2010, is a licensed family and child psychologist. He previously taught at the University of South Carolina, the University of Akron, and Kent State University. Professor Christie-Mizell is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology and social psychology from Ohio State University.
Michael Eric Dyson was named to the NEH Centennial Professorship. He also serves as University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. Before joining the faculty earlier this year, Dr. Dyson was a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A native of Detroit, Dr. Dyson is an ordained Baptist minister. He is a graduate of what is now Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.
Major Jackson was appointed to the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities. A professor of English, Jackson is the author of five volumes of poetry. He serves as the poetry editor of The Harvard Review. Professor Jackson, a native of Philadelphia, previously taught at the University of Vermont and New York University, He holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Oregon.