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Barbara J. Johnson Will Be the Next Dean of Perimeter College at Georgia State University

Dr. Johnson currently serves as executive vice president and provost at Talladega College in Alabama, where she oversees the college’s academic affairs, including the institution’s academic mission, teaching, research, and service. Prior to joining Talladega College in 2022, Dr. Johnson served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of student services administration at Arkansas Tech University.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

New Africana Studies Fellowship Created at Georgia State University

The department of Africana studies at Georgia State University has announced the establishment of the Jacqueline Rouse-Doris Derby Africana Studies Fellowship program. The program honors two women who played a significant role in the development of the Africana studies program at the university.

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.

The Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rates Has Declined but Remains Large

In 2020, Black adults were imprisoned at 4.9 times the rate of White adults, down from 8.2 times in 2000. Much of the decline was due to a reduction in prison time for drug-related offenses. However, in 2020, Black individuals comprised approximately 13 percent of U.S. residents but accounted for 56 percent of homicide victims and 39 percent of those arrested for homicide.

Georgia State’s Elizabeth Armstrong-Mensah Earns Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

The Early Career Teaching Excellence Award is given to one faculty member each year from among the 138 member institutions in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The award recognizes faculty for outstanding teaching and mentoring of students in public health research, teaching, and practice.

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard Appointed Provost at Georgia State University in Atlanta

Since arriving at Georgia State in January 2020 as associate provost for faculty affairs, Dr. Parsons-Pollard has created, implemented, and championed a variety of faculty development programs to support and strengthen faculty in teaching and research, as well as leadership programming for department chairs and other administrators.

Ingrid Thompson-Sellers Appointed President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Georgia

In 2017, Dr. Thompson-Sellers was appointed president of South Georgia State College in Douglas. Previously, she was a professor of business information systems at Georgia State University in Atlanta and had served as senior associate dean at the university. Earlier she taught at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur and at what is now Iona University in New Rochelle, New York.

Four Black Scholars Join the College of Education & Human Development Faculty at Georgia State

The four new faculty members College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University are Bobby Bonwenyue Gueh and Tamika P. La Salle in the department of counseling and psychological services, Dionne Cowan in the department of educational policy studies, and Christopher Jett in the department of middle and secondary education.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Levon Esters will be the next dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at Pennsylvania State University. Ann-Margaret Esnard will serve as the interim dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and Robert E. Bedford was appointed dean of students, housing, and residence life at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities

The new deans are Ethel Scurlock at the University of Mississippi, Anthony Davis at Georgia State University, Corey Smith at Voorhees College in Denmark, North Carolina, Joi Spencer at the University of California, Riveraide, and Lisa Owens-Jackson at North Carolina A&T State University.

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Stephen Best is the new director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey will co-direct the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni at Georgia State University and Desmond Upton Patton was named to an endowed chair at the University of Pennsylvania.

Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Elizabeth West was appointed to the John B. and Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University. Regina Stevens-Truss was appointed the Dorothy H. Heyl Senior Endowed Chair in Chemistry at Kalamazoo College and Deondra Rose was named the Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor at Duke University.

Six African American Who Have Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Posts

Taking on new duties are Jeremy Faulk at Lincoln University in Missouri, Edvige Jean-François, at Georgia State University, Wendell Philips at Fayetteville State University, Monique Michelle Dozier at the University of California, Riverside, Rodney L. Demery at Grambling State University, and Nakita Haynie at the University of Kansas.

Four Scholars Honored for Their Book on Educating African American Children

George Johnson of South Carolina State University, Gloria Boutte of the University of South Carolina, Joyce King of Georgia State University, and Lagarrett King of the University at Buffalo are being honored by the Society of Professors of Education.

Three African American Women Appointed to Leadership Posts at Georgia State University

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard has been appointed interim provost and head of academic affairs. Corrie Fountain, director of faculty development, will serve as interim associate provost for faculty affairs and Cynthia Lester will serve as interim dean at Perimeter College at Georgia State University.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Georgia State University Scholar Looks at Factors Contributing to Successful Black Marriages

Much has been written about the disintegration of the traditional family structure in the African American community and the struggles of single parents in raising their children. But a new study led by Antonius Skipper, an assistant professor of gerontology at Georgia State University, focuses on factors that lead to successful Black marriages.

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Harriet Hobbs at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Joshua E. Humbert at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Travis Chambers at Georgia State University, Tonya G. McCall at Mississippi State University, Branville Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Ngozi F. Anachebe at Wright State University in Ohio.

Black Studies at Georgia State University Transitions to Africana Studies

The department of African-American studies at Georgia State University has been renamed the department of Africana studies, reflecting a global approach to teaching and research in the department, as well as national trends in academia, according to the university.

M. Brian Blake Appointed President of Georgia State University in Atlanta

Dr. Blake is currently executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2015, he was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He will begin his new duties on August 9.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Rodney Lyn has been appointed dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Kimberly Jacob Arriola has been appointed dean of the Laney Graduate School at Emory University in Atlanta and Robert Williams was appointed dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies at California State University, East Bay.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

The First African American Dean of the College of Law at Georgia State University

LaVonda N. Reed has been serving as associate provost for faculty affairs at Syracuse University. She joined the faculty there in 2006. Professor Reed's research and teaching are in the areas of wills and trusts, property, and communications regulatory law and policy.

In Memoriam: Edward Leon Robinson Jr., 1970-2021

Edward L. Robinson Jr. was a lecturer in African American studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. He had taught at the university since 2011.

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review at Georgia State University

Jeannine Holmes is a 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in English. After studying design in New York City, She moved to Atlanta in 2016 to work in the healthcare field. Later she enrolled in law school part-time at Georgia State University.

Raheem Beyah Is the New Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Dr. Beyah is the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He has been serving as vice president for interdisciplinary research and executive director of the online master's degree program in cybersecurity.

West Liberty University in West Virginia Names Its First Black President in Its 183-Year History

For the past four years, W. Franklin Evans has been president of Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He is the former provost and chief academic officer at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he also served as interim president.

The Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora Founded at Georgia State University

The center will support research and academic initiatives, artistic efforts, and public programming, including exhibits, lectures and conferences, and advance policy proposals that target issues of concern to the African diaspora across the university and the broader community.

Georgia State Honors the Black Students Who Sued the University to Force Racial Integration

Georgia State University recently honored Myra Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt, and Iris Mae Welch, the three women who sued for their right to attend the university in the 1950s in a groundbreaking court case that eventually led to the integration of Georgia State and other universities in the South.

Willie Todd Jr. Is the New President of Denmark Technical College in South Carolina

Dr. Todd served as the vice president of academic affairs & student services at Denmark Technical College since July 29, 2019. Prior to that appointment, he served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at historically Black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Georgia State Program Seeks to Boost Number of Black Male Teachers in STEM Fields

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that just 2 percent of teachers are Black men. A new initiative at Georgia State University is seeking to encourage more Black men to become teachers in STEM disciplines.

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.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

Taking on new roles are Audrey Bennett of the University of Michigan, Billy Childs at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Stephanie Y. Evans at Georgia State University, and William C. McCoy at Clemson University in South Carolina.

John Blackshear to Lead Academic Affairs at Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Currently, Dr. Blackshear serves as senior associate dean for academic planning at Trinity College, an adjunct instructor of psychology and neuroscience, and assistant vice provost for undergraduate education for Duke LIFE (Low-Income and First-Generation Engagement).

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