A Trio of Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Ronald Aubert has been appointed interim dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Aubert serves currently as interim associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the School of Public Health and faculty director of Brown’s Presidential Scholars Program. He also has faculty appointments in the department of health services, practice and policy, and at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Dr. Aubert received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College in Ohio. He holds a master of public health degree and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard J. Reddick was appointed senior vice provost for curriculum and enrollment and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, effective August 1. He is currently a professor in the university’s department of educational leadership and policy and the associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach in the College of Education. He has additional appointments in the department of African and African diaspora studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. He has served on the faculty since 2007.

Dr. Reddick earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He received master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sharon Porterfield was appointed dean of the College of Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was chair of the Division of Education at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Previously, Dr. Porterfield worked with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Urban Teacher Enhancement Program to help recruit highly qualified educators to teach in at-risk schools.

Dr. Porterfeld holds a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Nova Southeastern University.


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