A Trio of Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles at Universities

The City College of New York has appointed Jervette R. Ward as director of the Black Studies Program in the Division of Humanities and the Arts. Since 2018, Dr. Ward has been a tenured associate professor of English at Mississippi State University. Earlier, she was an associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Professor Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Memphis.

Scotti Branton is a new assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. He was an assistant professor at Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Branton worked as a social worker and child welfare advocate in Florida.

Dr. Branton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in organizational communication from Western Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of Missouri.

Danille Taylor was appointed director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Dr. Taylor is a professor of African American studies at the university and has served as interim museum director since August 2022.

Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in English and African American studies and a master’s degree in African American studies from Boston University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in American studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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