A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Tyson King-Meadows was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has been serving as a professor of political science and associate provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. King-Meadons is the author of When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).

Dr. King-Meadows is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Julianne Malveaux has been appointed dean of the new College of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Malveaux served as president of Bennett College, a liberal arts educational institution for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Malveaux holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston College. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Olusegun A. Ojewuyi will serve as interim dean for the new College of Arts and Media at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The new college will include the School of Architecture, the School of Art and Design, the School of Journalism, the School of Media Arts, the School of Music, and the department of theater. Ojewuyi, a professor of theater, has served on the university’s faculty since 2004.

Ojewuyi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He earned a master of fine arts degree in directing from Yale University.

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  1. Are you kidding me! Malveaux is not academically qualified to be a Dean of Ethnic Studies on numerous levels. She’s a trained economist who has literally No Academic Training in Ethnic Studies. This appointment is akin to Nicole Hannah Jones tenure appointment at UNC-CH who has not intellectually contributed to the School of Journalism. Can you say served on any Master’s or Doctoral Committees, published in top tier academic journals, etc. It appears to me that people are being rewarded for their lack of intellectual productivity in a respective field.

  2. Your assessment of Dr. Malveaux is not accurate or fair. You have no idea of her scholarship or academic record. Her credentials, experience, publications, invited lectures, professorships, and voice as a national scholar clearly seem to speak to her being well qualified. While you may not agree with her primary area of study, it is impossible for any group to exist without an economy and who better to address economic issues in communities of color than an economist. Academic appointments may not always be to our linking, but it is highly inaccurate to say that someone is not qualified, especially in an area where diversity in thought and credentials are essential.

  3. Hey Webster,

    I totally disagree with your comment. First, you’re not qualified or have the intellectual capacity to determine if I’m familiar with Malveaux’s work. Second, I never said I disagreed with her area of study. You need to work on your reading comprehension skills. I clearly stated that she’s Not Trained in a specific area, ethnic studies.

    In other words Webster, spare me with neoliberal narrative and justification under the guise of “communities of color”. Let’s be clear Webster, Malveaux is part of the so-called Black establishment and misleadership class. Comprendi!

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