Six Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Roles

Reginald Perry, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, was given the added duties of interim associate provost for academic and faculty affairs at Florida A&M University. He has been serving as the associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Dr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D., all in electrical engineering and all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tiffany Morris was named director of nursing and appointed the Clara Adams Endowed Professor in the John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University. She most recently served as associate professor and nursing department chair in the School of Health Sciences at Elon University in North Carolina.

Dr. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia. She earned a master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in education, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Grand Canyon University.

Derreck Williams was appointed assistant teaching professor of dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. William’s research interests lie within the intersection of gender and Black dance studies.

Williams holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Alabama.

Aaron Kamugisha is the inaugural Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He joined the Smith faculty in 2021 after teaching at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus for over a decade. Dr. Kamugisha is the author of Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019).

Dr. Kamugisha holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the West Indies. He received a Ph.D. in social and political thought from York University in Toronto.

Tonya Pinkins, a Tony-award-winning actress, author, and educator, will be the next Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, winning one in 1992 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. Pinkins is the author of Get Over Yourself! How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve (Hachette Books, 2006).

Pinkins attended Carnegie Mellon University but left school to pursue her acting career. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago.

Alford A. Young Jr. was named a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the Edgar G. Epps Collegiate Professor of Sociology, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, and professor of public policy in the Ford School at the university. He is the author of From the Edge of the Ghetto: African Americans and the World of Work (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2019).

Dr. Young is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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