The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University Named After...

Ten years ago, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice opened its doors at Brown University. The center’s creation inspired universities and other organizations around the world to take up the work of investigating their own ties to slavery. Now, the university has named the center in honor of President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are: Kimberly Johnson at Auburn University, Rosalie Richards at Stetson University, Benjamin Reese at Duke University, Kemal Atkins at Kenne State College, LLJuna Weir at Alcorn State University, and Calvin J. McFadden Sr. at Smith College.

Theodore Shaw to Lead the Center for Civil Rights and Hold an Endowed Chair...

Theodore M. Shaw, the former director-counselor and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, was appointed director of the Center for Civil Rights at the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will also hold an endowed chair in law.

A Pair of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Roles

Elisha Chambers was appointed director of the new master's degree program in occupational therapy at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Isrea Butler will be the next director of the School of Music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Anthony Brown is the new vice president for Equal Opportunity and Title IX at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Romona West was appointed assistant dean of inclusive excellence and strategic initiatives at the University of Arkansas, and Kellie McCants-Price is the new chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.

Two African American Men Win Prestigious Awards

Robert Bullard, the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University has been selected to receive the Horizon Award from the Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Society and James L. Moore III, the chief diversity officer at Ohio State University, received the Transformative Impact Award from the American Counseling Association.

Michael Ward Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Radiology and Nursing Education

Michael Ward recently retired from the Goldfarb School of Nursing on the campus of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, which is affiliated with Washington University. He served as vice dean for student affairs and diversity and professor at the nursing school.

A Quartet of Black Administrators in New Higher Education Roles

Taking on new administrative duties are Antoinette Candia-Bailey at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, Javier McCoy at West Virginia University, Adell Brown at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Renae Myles Payne at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Taking on new administrative roles are Marvin Lewis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Yvonne Harris at Northern Illinois University, Earl Warren at Talladega College in Alabama, Marcia Pecot at Xavier University in New Orleans, and Stephen Latson at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Saint Augustine’s University Awards Tenure to Three Black Faculty Members

Sheria D. Rowe is the assistant dean and professor in the School of Business. Patrick Webb is an associate professor of criminal justice and Shirlkeymu L. Winston is an assistant professor of African American history.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Take on new administrative duties are Darrius Douglas at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Shelly Perdomo-Ahmed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sharon Stroye at Emory University in Atlanta, and Lloyd Nivens IV at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Three African Americans Appointed to Positions Relating to Diversity in Higher Education

Barbara J. Lawrence has been named vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Michael Snowden is the new chief diversity officer for Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and Lynette Yarger is the associate dean of equity and inclusion for the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University.

A Trio of Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Makhroufi Ousmane Traoré received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of history and Africana studies at Pomona College in California. Neil Roberts, professor of Africana studies, was named associate dean of the faculty at Williams College in Massachusetts and Saida Grundy was promoted to associate professor of sociology and African American studies at Boston University.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Shantay Bolton at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Jovan Alexander Wilson at North Carolina Central University, Aristide J. Collins Jr. at the Strada Education Foundation in Indianapolis, and Robin Whitfield at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Two Blacks Among Three Winners of the Waterman Award From the National Science Foundation

Natalie King, an associate professor of science education at Georgia State University, and Asegun Henry is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will each receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in science and engineering disciplines.

Carl Phillips Wins the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Carl Phillips, a professor of English and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Professor Phillips was honored for his poetry collection Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020

Cato T. Laurencin Honored for Diversity Efforts by the Society for Biomaterials

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes Dr. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut for promoting anti-racism and creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for historically excluded groups in the STEM disciplines, especially in the field of biomaterials. He is the inaugural winner of the award.

Yęmisi Jimoh Receives the MELUS Award for Lifetime Achievement

Yęmisi Jimoh, a professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was recently honored with the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Two African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Positions

Tonjanita Johnson was appointed vice president for communication and marketing for the University of Tennessee system and Fashaad Crawford is the new assistant provost for accreditation, assessment, and learning at Kent State University in Ohio.

Four African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

The four African American named to diversity positions are Sheree Ohen at Harvard University, Crystal Williams at Boston University, Belinda Robnett at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Maria Dixon Hall at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Serve in Higher Education Adminitrative Roles

Taking on new administrative duties are Antwan Lofton at Duke University in North Carolina, Mya Jolly at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, Timothy A. Minor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Lisa McClinton at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Jessica Madison at Alabama State University, and Marcus Byrd at Alabama A&M University.

Two African American Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Stacey Abrams was named the inaugural Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Rhonda Y. Williams was named to the Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair in the department of African American studies at Wayne State University in Detroit.

A Trio of Black Scholars in New Faculty Positions

William T. Brooks has been named an assistant professor of music at Albany State University in Georgia. Ericmoore Jossou will be joining the engineering faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer and Joan Blakey is the new director of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Elfred Anthony Pinkard at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Whitney McDowell-Robinson at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, Terryl Brown at Pace University in New York, and Rochie C. Hunter at the University of Michigan.

Three African American Scholars Take on New Faculty Roles

Bryana French has been appointed associate chair in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Creston Herron was named director of orchestral activities at the University of Kansas and Jamie Waters is a new associate professor of Old Testament studies at Boston College.

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for this section, please send an email to

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Kafui Dzirasa will be the inaugural holder of an endowed chair at the School of Medicine at Duke University. Paula Austin was promoted to associate professor of history and African American studies at Boston University and Lewis R. Gordon was appointed a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Honors and Awards

Kathy Burlew and Elizabeth Tshele were recently honored.

Camara Phyllis Jones Honored for Her Contributions to Health Education

Camara Phyllis Jones received the 2023 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the CDC Foundation and the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation. Dr. Jones was honored for her exceptional ability to educate about pathways linking racism to poor health outcomes.

The First African American to Deliver the Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford

Willie James Jennings an associate professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, has been selected to deliver the Bampton Lectures for 2023 at the University of Oxford in England. He is the first African American selected to give these lectures in the 243-year history of the program.

Yale University Awards Degrees to Two of its First Students

James W. C. Pennington (1808-1870) and Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) studied at Yale from 1834 to 1837 and 1840 to 1841, respectively. Because they were Black, however, the university did not allow them to register formally for classes or matriculate for a degree. They could not participate in classroom discussions or access library resources.

The First Black Woman to Be Named a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure...

Corliss Outley, professor in the department of parks, recreation, and tourism management and director of the Race, Ethnicity, Youth and Social Equity Collaboratory at Clemson University in South Carolina, is the first African American woman to be named a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences in its 43-year history.

Asegun Henry of MIT Wins the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science...

Asegun Henry, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the Alan T. Waterman Award from...

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

Michael Dawson, Bernadine Duncan, Herman Frazier, Sandra DeLoatch, Cornelius Graves, Mark Coleman, and Patricia C. Hodge...

Two African-American Women Join the Predominantly Male Club of Athletics Directors at Division I...

Nationwide less than 10 percent of all athletic directors at the NCAA's Division I colleges and universities are women. But recently two historically black universities named women to lead their athletics programs.

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Vicky Coleman was appointed dean of library services at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, effective September 1. She has been serving as...

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