Blacks make up 17.7 percent of undergraduate students, 22 percent of graduate students, and 18.6 percent of the faculty.
The civil rights icon will teach, prepared her papers for the university's archives, and develop a research center on social justice and civic engagement.
The committee will develop recommendations for strategies to attract people of color and women to positions in which they have historically been underrepresented.
A former Rhodes Scholar, he has held teaching positions at Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University.
Fred Bonner at Rutgers and Joseph Ofori-Dankwa at Saginaw Valley State are appointed to named chairs.
Melissa Harris-Perry will host a weekend morning show on MSNBC.
Chanelle Howe and Kym Moore are new assistant professors at Brown.
The Northeastern University law professor is recognized for her work for the advancement of women in the field of international law.
Blacks are just 5 percent of the undergraduate student body and 4 percent of the faculty but 21 percent of the state's population.
Jemima Pierre and Curtis Everett Powell are named to new faculty positions.
Jennifer Hamer and Clarence Lang both taught at the University of Illinois.
In a recent article on his website, Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University questions whether black scholars should limit themselves to teaching at predominantly white universities.
Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, called Professor West, "the leading public theologian of our age."
Bonnie Newman Davis is named to an endowed chair and Linda Silver Coley was appointed head of a department.
Terry Lindsay will serve on the school board in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Tony Gaskew is promoted and Nwadiuto Esiobu wins a State Department fellowship.
The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has added eight new faculty members this fall. Two of the new assistant professors are black.
Denzel Washington made a $2,225,000 contribution to his alma mater to fund the chair and a scholarship program.
Tyrone Forman, Joseph Youngblood II, and Wizdom Powell Hammond are honored with fellowships.
Olufunmilayo Arewa, Walter Allen Bennett Jr. and Christine Thorpe begin new teaching duties.
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson and Barrymoore Bogues will spend the year at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
In the entire country in 2007-08 academic year, there were only 42 tenured African-American faculty members in U.S. dental schools.