Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

Michael Steele has been appointed to the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Chair Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Steele is the former lieutenant governor of the state of Maryland. From 2009 to 2011, he was chair of the Republican National Committee.

Steele is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he majored in international studies. He earned a juris doctorate the Georgetown University Law Center.

Jamel K. Donnor was appointed the Fred Huby Memorial Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is an affiliated faculty member in William & Mary’s Law School and in the departments of American studies, Africana studies, and Asian & Pacific Islander studies. Professor Donnor was also appointed as the founding executive director of the Institute for the Study of Education, Democracy, and Justice in the School of Education.

Dr. Donnor is a graduate of Washington State University, where he majored in social studies. He holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sheila Otieno has been honored with the Distinguished Emerging Scholar in Religious Studies professorship at Elon University in North Carolina. Dr. Otieno came to Elon from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where she taught religious studies and was an affiliate faculty in the African and African American, Latin American, and gender studies programs.

Dr. Otieno earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Duke University and a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a doctorate in social ethics from the Boston University School of Theology.

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