Four African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt was named the Bicentennial Endowed Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nesbitt joined the faculty in November 2022 as the senior associate dean for population health sciences and health equity and executive director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity.

Dr. Nesbitt received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She later earned a master of public health degree in health care management and policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jarvis Givens has been promoted to the rank of full professor with tenure at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, effective July 1, 2023. He joined the school as a dean’s postdoctoral fellow and became a member of the faculty in 2018. Dr. Givens conducts research at the intersection of 19th- and 20th-century African American history, the history of education, and theories of race and power in education. He is the author of Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching (Harvard University Press, 2021) and School Clothes: A Collective Memoir of Black Student Witness (Beacon Press, 2023).

Professor Givens earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African American studies, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole B. Burwell was named the founding director of the physician assistant program at North Carolina A&T State University. Previously, Dr. Burwell served as an associate professor and director of pre-clerkship for the master’s degree in physician assistant studies program at Stanford University and as director of clinical education for the physician assistant program at George Washington University. She recently was named president-elect of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Dr. Burwell completed physician assistant training at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She earned a doctorate in nutritional sciences from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Greene is the inaugural Lucille Simmons Whipper Distinguished Professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Professor Greene is the director of the African American studies program at the college. Dr. Greene, who specializes in race-ethnic relations and cultural and ethnic identity, joined the college’s African American studies program in 2012 and also teaches in the department of sociology and anthropology.

Dr. Greene received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African American studies and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Miami.

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