Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Given New Assignments

Gregory E. Triplett Jr., who has served as the dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Saint Louis University since July, has been named as the inaugural holder of the Oliver L. Parks Endowed Deanship. Before joining Saint Louis University in July, Dr. Triplett most recently held the position of senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering in Richmond. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Triplett earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology

Tracey Sharpley-Whiting, who holds the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and is a professor of African American and diaspora studies and French at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, is taking on the added duties of vice provost of global engagement. Professor Sharpley-Whiting is the author of many books including Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women (New York University Press, 2007), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Duke University Press, 2009), Bricktop’s Paris: African American Women in Paris Between the Two World Wars (State University of New York Press, 2015).

Dr. Sharpley-Whiting is a graduate of the University of Rochester in New York, where she majored in French literature. She earned a master’s degree in French literature from Miami University in Ohio and a Ph.D. in French studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Julie Simmons Ivy is the new chair of the department of industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ivy has been a professor of industrial and systems engineering and a Fitts Faculty Fellow in Health Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University since 2007. Dr. Ivy’s research interests are in the mathematical modeling of stochastic dynamic systems with an emphasis on statistics and decision analysis as applied to health care, public health, and humanitarian logistics.

Professor Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. She also earned a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering with a focus on operations research at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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