New Roles for Three African American Faculty Members

Margie Lee will be the new associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been head of the college’s department of biomedical sciences and pathobiology since 2018. Dr. Lee also served as interim director of the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center, a teaching hospital and translational research center of the college located in Roanoke, during the past year.

Dr. Lee is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in biology. She earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia.

Robert Trowers has been appointed director of the jazz studies program at North Carolina Central University. Trowers joined the university in 2004 as a visiting assistant professor in the department of music. In his new role, Trowers will lead the award-winning music program, which includes the NCCU Jazz Ensemble, and continue teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, such as jazz improvisation, jazz combo, applied trombone instruction, jazz history, and jazz styles and analysis.

Trowers holds a bachelor’s degree in Black studies from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in education from Mercy College in New York.

Lela Pierce is a new assistant professor in the department of art and art history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a visiting assistant professor of sculpture at the college. Her recent body of work explores the geometries of transformation relating to the corporeal body.

A native of Minnesota, Pierce earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art at Macalester College. She holds a master of fine arts degree in interdisciplinary art and social practice from the University of Minnesota.

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