New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Kamilla Alexander was appointed associate director of Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore. She is an assistant professor who holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on prevention of sexual health outcome disparities.

Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Anderson, a professor in the department of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington, D.C., was given the additional duties as associate provost for undergraduate studies at the university. He joined the Howard University faculty in 2007.

Dr. Anderson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University.

Lisa Armstrong is joining the journalism faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Armstrong comes to Berkeley after teaching journalism for more than a decade, most recently as an associate professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

Armstrong earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental architecture and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. 

Lenora Green-Turner is a new assistant professor of music at the University of Arkansas. She is an opera soprano who previously taught at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis and Middle Georgia State University.

A native of Macon, Georgia. Dr. Green-Turner is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Texas Southern University has named Brian Simmons as the new director of The Ocean of Soul Marching Band and an instructor in the music department. He was director of bands and director of fine arts for the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Rachel E. Bernard was appointed an assistant professor of geology at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She has spent the last two academic years as a visiting assistant professor at Amherst.

Dr. Bernard is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in civil and environmental engineering. She earned a Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

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