Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Dennis Mitchell, a professor of dental medicine, was named executive vice president for university life at Columbia University in New York City. He will continue to serve in the Office of the Provost in the newly elevated post of senior vice provost for faculty advancement. He joined the faculty at Columbia in 1991.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree in health services management from Columbia University and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Howard University.

Nandi A. Marshall has been appointed associate dean of academic affairs for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. She is is an associate professor in the department of health policy and community health.

Dr. Marshall holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta. She earned a master of public health degree from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and a doctorate in public health from Georgia Southern University.

Allison Leggett, a veteran in instruction and educational leadership, has been appointed as director of teacher education programs for the University of California, Los Angeles Extension. She was a program administrator for educational programs at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Leggett is a graduate of UCLA, where she majored in chemistry. She holds master’s degrees in education and early childhood psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a doctorate in education from the University of Phoenix.

Bryan Dewsbury was appointed associate professor of biological sciences at Florida International University in Miami. He had been serving on the biological sciences faculty at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Dewsbury is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in biology and environmental science. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Florida International University.

Djamali Muhoza is a new assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. His research is focused on interactions between cancer-causing proteins and drug candidates.

A native of Rwanda, Dr. Muhoza is a graduate of Hendrix College n Conway, Arkansas. He earned a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Arkansas.

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