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.

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.

Vanderbilt University’s New Program Aims to Boost Diversity in Biomedical Research

The Vanderbilt Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation Program (V-FIRST) will build upon recent strategies such as toolkits for inclusive faculty searches, a discovery lecture series for national late-stage postdoctoral fellows from minoritized groups, and innovative institutional policy changes regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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.

This Week’s Faculty News

Charlotte Owens, Jayne Cubbage, Gbemende Johnson, and D'Andra Orey have new duties.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

The appointees are Raymond Wise at Indiana University, Omiunota Ukpokodu at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Joseph Mwantuali at Hamilton College, and Reginald Bess at Claflin University.

Penn Looks to Hire Its First Independent Africana Studies Faculty

Since the creation of the Center for Africana Studies in 2002, faculty teaching in the field have all had appointments in other departments at the university.

UCLA Adds Two Jazz Greats to Its Faculty

The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California at Los Angeles has announced that jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have joined the faculty of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

Two African Americans in New Faculty Roles

The Black scholars in new teaching positions are Eric Bing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Jonathan Holloway at Yale.

Three African American Men in New Faculty Roles

Albert Bimper Jr., a former NFL player, joins the faculty at Colorado State University. J. Marshall Shepherd is named to an endowed chair at the University of Georgia and James Martin is appointed chair of the department of civil engineering at Clemson University.

Regina Benjamin Named to Endowed Chair at Xavier University

Regina Benjamin, the former surgeon general of the United States, has been appointed the inaugural NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Brandeis University Announces Hiring Campaign in Black Studies

The university, where only 4 percent of the undergraduate student body is Black, has announced that it will hire two faculty members in African diaspora studies in the first phase of a multi-year cluster hire in the discipline.

Six Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

The new faculty members are Christopher A. Alabi, Matthew Clayton, Eve De Rosa, Oneka LaBennett, Jamila Michener, and Olufemi Taiwo.

Report Documents Huge Shortage of Black Women Faculty in STEM Disciplines

The gap between the percentage of Black women in STEM faculty posts and the percentage of Black women in the general working-age population is wider than for any other racial or ethnic group.

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach in the U.S.

In 2011-12, there were 1,887 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching in the U.S. This is down from 2,750 just four years ago. Nigeria sent 315 scholars to teach in the U.S., the most of any sub-Saharan African nation.

Tricia Rose to Hold the 2014 Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University

For the spring semester, Professor Tricia Rose will be on leave from her post as professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

Since the year 2000, the percentage of all faculty at Penn who were racial or ethnic minorities increased from 12.8 percent to 20.5 percent. But President Amy Gutmann says, "We still have more work to do."

Letter to the Editor Regarding Diversity at Emory University

A reader questions the commitment of Emory University to the racial diversity of its faculty and administration.

Scholars Line Up to Offer Support for Temple University’s Anthony Monteiro

In a letter last month, Temple University's Anthony Monteiro, a non-tenured associate professor and a leading authority of W.E.B. Du Bois, was told his contract would not be renewed at the end of the current semester.

Terrell Lamont Strayhorn: The Youngest Full Professor at Ohio State University

Dr. Strayhorn was promoted to full professor in the department of educational studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. The appointment makes him the youngest full professor at the university.

Five Black Scholars in New University Teaching Roles

The five scholars appointed to new teaching posts are: Kibibi Voloria Mack-Shelton at Claflin University, Brett Gilbert at Rutgers University, Yuvay Meyers Ferguson at Howard University, Jeffrey Robinson at Rutgers University, and Dawn Herd-Clark at Fort Valley State University.

The First 33 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

The 33 fellows from North American colleges and universities will travel to Africa for 14 to 90 days to collaborate with faculty members at African institutions on curriculum development, research, graduate teaching, training, or mentoring activities.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Marc Lamont Hill was appointed Distinguished Professor of American American studies at Morehouse College and Adriel A. Hilton was appointed assistant professor of college student personnel and director of the College Student Personnel program at Western Carolina University.

African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

The authors have identified 42 faculty members who hold endowed chairs in the field of education. Meanwhile, there are nine distinguished faculty in education.

Shana Redmonds Named to Professorship Honoring Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker

The University of California, Santa Barbara, has established a visiting professorship to honor Ella Baker, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and its network of Freedom Schools. Shana Redmond of the University of Southern California will be the first holder of the post.

The Second Cohort of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

Participants must be African natives with a terminal degree in their field who currently are teaching at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Sixty African faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities are in the current group of fellows.

Four African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new assignments are Marlon James at Macalester College in Minnesota, Lakami Baker at Auburn University in Alabama, April Baptiste at Colgate University in New York, and Sean Joe at Washington University in St. Louis.

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

Faculty members profiled here include Paul Potier of Prairie View A&M, Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Maurice Smith of Harvard, Pamela Barber-Freeman of Prairie View A&M, John Dabiri of CalTech, Phillip Williams of Emory University, and Clarence Lusane of American University.

Hampton University Appoints Three Women to Chair Academic Departments

Lisa VanHoose was named chair of the department of physical therapy. Ebony Andrews was appointed chair of the department of pharmacy practice and Shonda Buchanan was named chair of the department of English and modern foreign languages.

Three African Americans in New Teaching Positions

Marcus Thompson was given the title of Institute Professor at MIT. Alana Gunn was appointed an assistant professor of social work at Binghamton University, and Damion Waymer was named associate professor of communication at the University of Cincinnati.

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Willie James Jennings was an associate professor of theology and Black church studies at Duke University Divinity School. He is the the 2015 winner of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

A Pair of African American Men Named Chair of Their Academic Departments

Calvin White was appointed chair of the department of history at the University of Arkansas and Timothy Turner is the new chair of the department of biology at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced a large number of high-level appointments to administrative positions at the educational institution.

Ohio University Aims to Boost Retention of Black and Minority Faculty Members

The Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program that will assign new junior faculty members from underrepresented groups a senior faculty member who will serve as a mentor.

Hampton University Faculty Member Wins Miss Virginia Crown

Desiree Williams, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Hampton University, was recently crowned Miss Virginia and will compete in the 2016 Miss USA pageant.

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson was promoted to full professor of law at the Rutgers University School of Law. Stefan Malone Cooper Jr. was named a research assistant professor at Hampton University and Gena Bardwell was named interim director of the the General Education Program at Touro College.

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