Asegun Henry, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the Alan T. Waterman Award from...
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.
Taking on new administrative roles are James Curbeam at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Vanessa Love at the University of Pittsburgh, Ian Bouie at Stockton University in New Jersey, Taylor Whitehead at Virginia State University, and Tourea B. Robinson at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida.
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.
André L. Churchwell will be the senior advisor to the chancellor of Vanderbilt University on inclusion and community outreach. Chloe Poston has been promoted to vice president for culture, belonging, and strategic engagement at Dartmouth College and Ann Gakumo was named associate dean for inclusion and community impact at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.
Jeanette Davidson was appointed director of the Center for Societal Impact and a professor of instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Tony Morris has been named the associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Nicholas Bratcher was appointed director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana Monroe.
Newly appointed to administrative posts are Wanda A. Wright at Arizona State University, Shawan Baptiste at Texas College in Tyler, Chancey Page at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, Branville Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Evelyn Rucker at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
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.
Taking on new duties relating to diversity are Russell Morrow in the College of Business at Ohio University, Tanyka M. Barber at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, E. Cheryl Ponder at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Bill Woodsen at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
The University of South Carolina has renamed a residence hall to honor Celia Dial Saxon, who was born enslaved in 1857 but later had a 57-year career as an educator in South Carolina. Saxon attended the Normal School on the University of South Carolina campus when it was integrated during Reconstruction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking on new administrative roles are Runell J. King at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jade Packer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Clinton Fluker at Emory University in Atlanta, and Richelle D. Payne at Hampton University in Virginia.
The three Black women faculty members who are taking on new assignments are Crystal Feimster at Yale University, Kia Dolby at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and Alison Brown at Talladega College in Alabama.
The Hasselblad Award is an international photography prize that is granted annually to a photographer recognized for major achievements. The award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of photography. The award includes a monetary prize of about $188,000 and a gold medal.
Derek A. James was appointed dean of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Noura Allen was named director of diversity and inclusive excellence for the College of Professional Studies at Syracuse University and Jeanine Staples-Dixon, a professor at Pennsylvania State University. was appointed the senior faculty mentor in the Office of Educational Equity.
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.
Vanderbilt University in Nashville held a ceremony honoring the 41 faculty members who have recently been appointed to endowed chairs. Several of these appointments went to Black scholars, including three who teach chemistry.
Dr. Coley is the first woman and first African American scholar to serve as president of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She will receive the 2023 Donna Shavlik Award from the American Council on Education at the Women’s Leadership Dinner at the American Council on Education's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Taking on new administrative roles are Phillip D. Jones at Hampton University in Virginia, Karla C. Lewis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Andrea Simpson at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Camacia Smith-Ross at Southern University New Orleans, and Zenobia Lane at Santa Clara University in California.
While Ella P. Stewart was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy beginning in 2014, in classrooms White males had the first rows of seats, and they were followed, in descending order, by White females, then Jews, then Blacks.
Taking on new roles are LaQuandra S. Nesbitt at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Jarvis Givens at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Nicole B. Burwell at North Carolina A&T State University, and Anthony Greene at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
The four African American women hired to new administrative positions are Marcia Walker-McWilliams at Tulane University in New Orleans, Felicia L. McMillan at South Carolina State University, Endia DeCordova at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Melissa Hodge-Penn at North Carolina A&T State University.
Before becoming president of Spelman College in July 2022, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. Earlier, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization.
Taking on new duties relating to diversity at universities are Bi Awosika at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Nefertiti Walker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dorothy Hines at the University of Kansas, Jai-Me Potter-Rutledge for the School of Public Health at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Taking on new roles are Barnard A. Jones at St. John's University in Staten Island, New York, Artha Gillis, at the University of California, Los Angeles, Terry-Ann Jones at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and David Staten at South Carolina State University.
Kelly Lytle Hernández holds the Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lytle Hernández is also the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.
Taking on new administrative roles are Greg Hart at Washington University in St. Louis, Brenda Murrell at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Todd Misener at Oklahoma State University, D’Andra Mull at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Khala Granville at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Dr. Kelvin Adams retired in December 2022 from his duties as superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District, a position he held since 2008. Prior to serving as superintendent, he was the associate dean of the College of Education at Southern University in New Orleans.
Taking on new administrative duties are Rico Munn at Colorado State University, Monika Williams Shealey of Rowan University in New Jersey, Renarde D. Earl at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, Natasha Hutson at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Misty Nunn at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.