Three Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Univerities

Renee Cunningham-Williams is the inaugural Watts Endowed Professor of Social Work at Arizona State University. She has been serving on faculty in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is an authority in the study of problem gambling, substance use and abuse, and mental and behavioral health, particularly among African American youth and emerging adults.

Profesor Cunningham-Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University.

Martell Teasley, professor and dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Utah, is now serving as interim senior vice president for academic affairs at the university. Dr. Teasley has served as associate provost and special assistant to the senior vice president for academic affairs since October 2021. Dr. Teasley, who joined the faculty at the university in 2017, has served as president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work and is the former editor-in-chief of the academic journal Children & Schools.

Dr. Teasley is a graduate of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, where he double majored in sociology and psychology. He holds a master of social work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in social work from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Johnson has been named the David L. Cohen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A board-certified pediatrician and leading medical informaticist who came to Penn last year from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Dr. Johnson holds faculty appointments in the department of biostatistics, epidemiology, and informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine and the department of computer and information science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and holds a master’s degree in medical informatics from Stanford University in California.

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