Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

Khadene Harris has been named an assistant professor in the department of anthropology and the Center for African and African American Studies at Rice University in Texas. She most recently served as an assistant professor of anthropology at Kenyon College in Ohio. Prior to her faculty position, she served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Harris received a bachelor’s degree in history and archaeology and a master’s degree in heritage studies from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University in Illinois.

Nakia Melecio has been appointed head of the Innovation Lab in the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his new position, he will continue to serve in his current role as founding director of the university’s MedTech Center.

Dr. Melecio received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and cognitive science, and a master’s degree in education, teaching, learning, and educational technology from Ashford University in Arizona. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology and leadership from the University of Arizona.

Bettina Drake has been named the inaugural faculty director of the St. Louis Confluence Collaborative for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Practice at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She currently serves as a professor of surgery in public health sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine and associate director of community outreach and engagement at Siteman Cancer Center.

Dr. Drake holds a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of South Carolina.

Arlette Ngoubene Atioky has been promoted to associate professor of psychology with tenure at Goucher College in Maryland. She currently teaches courses in international psychology, immigration psychology, and psychological disorders. Earlier in her career, she served on the faculty at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ngoubene Atioky completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. She holds a master of education degree and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Kandi Hill-Clarke has been appointed senior vice provost for faculty affairs and leadership development at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. She currently holds the title of McRae Endowed Professor of School-based Clinical Practice. Previously, she served as dean of the College of Education from 2017 to 2023.

Dr. Hill-Clarke is a graduate of historically Black LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, where she majored in elementary education. She holds a master’s degree in reading education and a doctorate in instruction and curriculum leadership from the University of Memphis.

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