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.

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.

Sub-Saharan African Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2020-21 academic year, there were 1,483 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. Due to the pandemic, this was down more than 24 percent from the previous academic year. Foreign scholars from sub-Saharan Africa made up only 1.7 percent of all foreign scholars teaching in the U.S. in the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Half Dozen African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Black scholars in new roles are Tracy Clayton at Wake Forest University, Mindy T. Fullilove at The New School, Fred Higgs III at Rice University, Iyelli Ichile at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Lena Hill at the University of Iowa, and Omari Weekes at Willamette University in Oregon.

New Duties in the Academic World for Eight Black Faculty Members

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Two Long-Time Faculty Members Are Retiring From Elizabeth City State University

Linda Hayden is retiring after 38 years of teaching at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and Claudie Mackey has been on the faculty there since 1977.

A Pair of African American Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Allyson Watson has been named dean of the College of Education at Florida A&M University and William R. Moultrie has been named interim dean of University College at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Four African Americans Join Georgia State’s College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University had added four African Americans to its faculty. They are Natalie Davis, Charity Gordon, Jonte Myers, and Nickolaus Ortiz.

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Leon Prieto of Clayton State University in Georgia was named an associate research fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Adrienne Morgan was appointed as an associate vice president of equity and inclusion at the University of Rochester and Professor Calvin R. Walker was named executive vice chancellor at Southern University in Louisiana.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Jane Andayi Opiri has joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Donald Mitchell Jr., a professor of higher education, was named chief diversity officer at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Latesha Warren was promoted at Georgia Gwinnett College and Professor Anne Mungai was named associate provost at Adelphi University in New York.

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties at Major Universities

Taking on new assignments are Tony Gaskew at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Julia Ballenger at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Theddeus Iheanacho at Yale Medical School, and Wanda Heading-Grant at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Four Black Men Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

The four Black men in new faculty roles are Calvin Nobles at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Jeffrey Wray at Michigan State University, Dexter Gordon at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and Chris Walker at the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Taking on new faculty posts are Michael McElroy at the University of Michigan, Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Lamonte Aidoo at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Julie Dash at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Six Black Scholars Who Have Been Given New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new positions are Bianca Baldridge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Stephen Buckley at Duke University in North Carolina, Joshua Bartholomew at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas, Emily Greenwood at Princeton University in New Jersey, Warrick Moses at Syracuse University in New York, and Charles Peterson at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Jelani Favors Appointed to an Endowed Chair at North Carolina A&T State University

The Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professorship is named for an American judge and politician who served as the first African American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Judge Frye and his wife, Shirley, are graduates of North Carolina A&T State University and established the endowed faculty position.

Bowdoin College in Maine Has Established Four Endowed Chairs to Honor Black Alumni

Bowdoin College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine, has announced the creation of four new endowed faculty professorships that honor distinguished Black graduates of the college. The four new chairs will honor Matthew D. Branche, Iris W. Davis. Rasuli Lewis, and Frederic Morrow.

Six African American Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties in...

Taking on new assignments are Kimberly Mayfield at Holy Names University in Oakland, Hugh Mighty at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Thelma Hurd at the University of California, Merced, Martell Teasley at the University of Utah, DeAnnah Byrd at Arizona State University, and Castel V. Sweet at the University of Mississippi.

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