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In Memoriam: Orlando L. Taylor, 1936-2024

Dr. Orlando Taylor of Fielding University passed away on January 16. He held numerous administrative leadership roles in higher education throughout his life. He dedicated his research to speech and language disorders, as well as advancing leadership at HBCUs, earning him seven doctoral degrees over the course of his career.

Six Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Imani Perry at Harvard University, Tyrone McKinley Freeman at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Alisha Butler at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Gordon Ibeanu at North Carolina Central University, Linda Lausell Bryant in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, and Andrea Dawn Frazier at Columbus State University in Georgia

In Memoriam: Andre Watts, 1946-2023

Andre Watts was a professor of piano who held the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He joined the faculty there in 2004. Professor Watts began playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 9.

In Memoriam: James Edward Kennedy, 1933-2023

Kennedy began his career as a teacher and later assistant principal in the Mobile County Public School System. In 1968, he was one of the first African Americans to join the faculty at the University of Southern Alabama.

Are State Licensing Exams Unfairly Keeping Blacks From the Teacher Workforce?

A new study by Alexander Cuenca, an associate professor in the School of Education at Indiana University, finds that the state licensing examination has the effect of shrinking the pool of nonwhite educators that enter the profession even as the K-12 student population grows more diverse.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Assigned Duties Relating to Diversity in Higher Education

Taking on new roles relating to diversity are Bobbie Porter at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Saint Rice at Washington University in St. Louis, Kent Guion at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Pamela Braboy Jackson at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Walt Jacobs Will Be the Next Provost at California State University, East Bay

Since 2015, Dr. Jacobs has served as the dean of the College of Social Sciences at San José State University. Prior to his arrival in California, he was the founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

In Memoriam: Paul Carter Harrison, 1936-2021

Professor Harrison taught theater at Howard University, California State University Sacramento, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and finally Columbia College in Chicago where he taught for more than a quarter century until his retirement in 2002.

Indiana University Study Finds Lack of Diversity in Images in Sex Education Textbooks

Researchers in the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health analyzed skin tone and skin color diversity in 182 anatomical diagrams and images from eight contemporary, college-level human sexuality textbooks. They found that only 1.1 percent of all images showed dark skin tones.

A Trio of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Dwayne Pinkney was named executive vice president for finance and administration at Indiana University. Kimberly Davidson will be the inaugural ombudsperson at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and DeNeia Thomas was named vice president for enrollment and student success at Texas Southern University.

University of Pennsylvania’s Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize established under the aegis of the Swedish Ministry of Justice. First awarded in 2006, the prize recognizes outstanding achievements in criminological research or the application of research results to reduce crime and advance human rights.

Vanderbilt University’s Renã Robinson Is Leading a National Organization of Black Chemists

Renã A.S. Robinson, associate professor of chemistry and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been named president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).

Indiana University Acquires the Archives of African Filmmaker Paulin Vieyra

The Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive has acquired the papers of Paulin Vieyra, the first French-speaking sub-Saharan African to direct a film. Vieyra was born in 1925 in Benin and grew up in Senegal and was educated in Paris. In 1955, he directed the film Afrique sur Seine.

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Larry P. Thomas at Pennsylvania State University, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins at Sewanee: The University of the South, Kauline Cipriani at Colorado State University, Lemuel W. Watson at Indiana University in Bloomington, and Norm Jones at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Colleges and Universities Announce Appointments of Five African American Administrators

Taking on new administrative roles are Dozie Ibeh at Princeton University in New Jersey, David Christopher Howard at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Jesse F. Kane at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Yolanda Smith at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and Corry Smith at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Study Finds a Large Racial Trust Gap on College Campuses Across the United States

A new study by Kevin Fosnacth, an associate research scientist at Indiana University, and Shannon M. Calderone an assistant professor of educational leadership at Washington State University, finds that Black college students put far less trust in university officials than their White peers.

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Dionne Danns, a professor of education, was named to an endowed chair at Indiana University. Eric Mvukiyehe has been appointed assistant professor of political science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Ashia Wilson recently joined the department of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

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 Business School at the University of Portland in Oregon

Michael DeVaughn has served on the faculty at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2008. Earlier, he taught at the University of Minnesota. His scholarship has centered on organizational learning and entrepreneurship, as well as the delivery of business education.

John McKnight Selected as the Next Dean of Haverford College in Pennsylvania

Since 2016, Dr. McKnight has been the dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College. Prior to joining the staff of Connecticut College, he worked at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, as dean of intercultural development. Earlier, he served as director of multicultural affairs and a coordinator of residence life at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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 New Dean of the Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Debora Jackson has been serving as the director of operations for All Girls Allowed, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on educating and empowering women and girls and engaging partners to realize global impact.

Indiana University Study Finds Racial Disparity in the Discipline of Police Officers

A group of six management professors at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business conducted research that shows that in three major U.S. cities, Black police officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than White officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled.

The New African American Members of the American Philosophical Society

This year 28 Americans were elected to the American Philosophical Society. Six of the new members are African Americans.

University Study Finding Persisting Racial Bias by Ridesharing Drivers

A new study, by researchers at Indiana University and American University, shows that biases against underrepresented groups continued to exist after drivers accepted a ride request -- when the rider's picture would then be displayed. This resulted in higher cancellation rates compared to White riders.

In Memoriam: Elijah Walter Miles, 1934-2020

Dr. Miles joined the faculty at San Diego State University in 1966. At that time he was the only African American on the university's faculty. This earned him the nickname "The Godfather of Black Faculty."

Black Homeowners Face Higher Property Taxes Than Their White Peers

Black-owned homes were assessed at higher values compared to their actual sale price, than was the cases for homes owned by Whites. The data also showed that Black families paid on average 13 percent more in property taxes than White families with similarly valued properties.

Saint Louis University Honors a Pioneeering Black Faculty Member

Saint Louis University has announced annual scholarships in honor of longtime St. Louis community leader, civil rights pioneer, and publisher Donald M. Suggs. Dr. Suggs was the first African-American to be appointed an associate clinical professor of oral surgery at the Saint Louis University Dental School.

Three African American Women Scholars Who Are Embarking on New Assignments

The three women scholars who are taking on new duties are Joelle A. Murchison of the University of Connecticut, Marietta Simpson, a Rudy Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Erica Cooper of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Eddith Dashiell to Lead the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

Dashiell joined the Ohio University faculty in 1992 and currently serves as an associate professor and associate director of undergraduate programs for the journalism school. Earlier, she taught at Middle Tennessee State University and Indiana University while pursuing her graduate degrees.

The Higher Education of the Surgeon General of the United States

Each day when President Trump meets with reporters to give a daily briefing on the government's efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus, standing by his side is Jerome Adams, an African American man who serves as Surgeon General of the United States.

Suzanne L. Weekes Received Teaching Award From the Mathematical Association of America

Suzanne L. Weekes, a professor in the mathematical sciences department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, has received the prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

In Memoriam: Harrison B. Wilson Jr., 1925-2019

Dr. Wilson served as president of Norfolk State for 22 years. When he arrived on campus in 1975, the school only offered four graduate programs and enrolled 191 students. By the end of Dr. Wilson's presidency in 1997, the university offered 14 master's programs, one doctoral program, and enrolled 1,110 students.

In Memoriam: Wright Lassiter Jr., 1934-2019

Dr. Lassiter was appointed chancellor of Dallas County Community College District in 2007. He was the first African American to hold the position. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lassiter served for 20 years as president of El Centro College in Dallas.

In Memoriam: Margaret Asalele Mbilzi-Sawerengera

Dr. Mbilzi-Sawerengera, the wife of the Malawi ambassador to the United States, served as an associate professor of educational policy and research at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, an assistant professor of higher education at Northern Illinois University, and an assistant professor of foundations of education at the University of West Alabama.

Four Black Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new assignments are Daniel A. Summerhill at California State University, Monterey Bay, Sharlene Newman at Indiana University, Meleko Mokgosi at at the Yale School of Art, and William H. Robinson at Vanderbilt University.

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