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A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Dean Positions

Gene Andrew Jarrett was appointed dean of the faculty at Princeton University in New Jersey. Debra J. Barksdale will be the next dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Keith A. Alford will become dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Five African Americans to Administrative Positions

The five African Americans taking on new administrative duties are Kimberly D. Whitehead at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, Cleo Rucker at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Kimberly Shiner at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, Kenneth Strother Jr. at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Brian Gibson at the University of Utah.

Princeton University’s Nathan Alan Davis Wins Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama

Nathan Alan Davis, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwright-in-Residence at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University Bloomington, and The Juilliard School.

Lolita Buckner Inniss Will Be the Next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law

Dr. Innis has been serving as senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, University Distinguished Professor, and the inaugural Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She will begin her duties as dean on July 1.

Diversity Efforts More Likely to Be Supported When They Are Seen to Benefit White Students

A new study by scholars in the department of psychology at Princeton University in New Jersey finds that the rationale for greater diversity in higher education often reflects the views of Whites but not necessarily those of Blacks.

Prairie View A&M University in Texas Creates the Toni Morrison Writing Program

The new Writing Program - supported by a $3 million donation from philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott - will include a Toni Morrison Writer-in-Residence. Appointed annually, a different writer each year will have a one-year visiting appointment at Prairie View, where that individual will offer a seminar in writing.

Professor Cornel West to Rejoin the Faculty at Union Theological Seminary

Cornel West has been appointed to the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Last month, Professor West told Harvard he would leave the university if it did not reconsider its decision to not grant him tenure.

Princeton University’s Keith Wailoo Will Share the $1 Million David Dan Prize

Keith Wailoo is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is being honored for his historical scholarship focused on race, science, and health equity; on the social implications of medical innovation; and on the politics of disease.

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.

John Dabiri to Receive the 2020 Alan T. Waterman Award From the National Science Foundation

Waterman awardees each receive $1 million over five years for research in their chosen field of science. Dabiri says the funding will allow him to pursue research into some of the ways climate change challenges and threatens modern life.

Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Appointed to new positions are Ayanna Thompson at Arizona State University, Joshua Idassi at South Carolina State University, Ruha Benjamin at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Garry Hoover at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Princeton University’s Deana Lawson Is the First Photographer to Win the Hugo Boss Prize

Sponsored by the German fashion house Hugo Boss and presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the prize has been awarded biannually since 1996 and was established to “embrace today’s most innovative and critically relevant cultural currents.” The prize is considered among the most prestigious awards within the contemporary art world.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new positions or roles are Sherman Jackson at the University of Southern California, Adji Bousso Dieng at Princeton University in New Jersey, John Dabiri at the California Institute of Technology, Frederick Douglas Dixon at the University of Wyoming, and Robyn Ridley at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

Dr. Collins served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University from 2010 to 2020. On August 1, 2020, he became the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Duties

Taking on new roles are Carole Boyce Davies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Major Jackson at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Wallace Best at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Christopher C. Mathis Jr. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Vanderbilt University Attracts a Major Black Scholar to Its Faculty

Currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Michael Eric Dyson will join the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on January 1 as a University Distinguished Professor in African American and diaspora studies with a joint appointment in the Divinity School.

Christen Crouch Named the Next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bard College in New York

Dr. Crouch has been an associate professor of history and director of American studies at Bard College since 2014. Her work focuses on the histories of the early modern Atlantic, comparative slavery, American material culture, and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Princeton University Scholar Aims to Diversity the Pipeline for Economic Doctoral Programs

Today, about 3 percent of all Ph.D.s in economics are awarded to African Americans. Black economists made up only 1.2 percent of faculty in the 20 top-ranked economics departments in the United States. Leonard Wantchekon is taking steps to boost the number of Black doctoral students in the field.

University of Kentucky Creates the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies

The interdisciplinary institute will promote the university's research and scholarship on topics of importance in African history and African American history, such as slavery and the quest for freedom, racial discrimination and violence, and the long struggle for civil rights.

Arlie Petters to Become Provost at the Abu Dhabi Campus of New York University

Dr. Petters has been serving as Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the former dean of academic affairs for the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke. He will begin his new duties on September 1.

Harvard University Launches the Black Teacher Archives

The first phase of the project will archive and digitize the state journals of “Colored Teachers Associations,” which operated for more than 100 years, from 1861 through 1970.

Harvard’s Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Danielle S. Allen, a University professor and professor of government who also serves as director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, has been awarded the John W. Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress. The prize recognizes scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Princeton Removes Names of Woodrow Wilson From Its School of Public and International Affairs

As president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson refused to consider the admission of Black students. Wilson who went on to become the 28th president of the United States, racially segregated the federal government workforce and appointed White supremacists to his cabinet.

The First Black Valedictorian in the 274-Year History of Princeton University

Nicholas Johnson is a graduate of Selwyn House School in Westmount, Quebec. He has majored in operations research and financial engineering. He will begin doctoral studies in operations research this fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Barbara Krauthamer Named Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts

Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history, dean of the graduate school and senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been appointed as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

University of Washington Scholar to Edit New Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Megan Ming Francis, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington, has been selected as the editor of a new series of books from Cambridge University Press called Cambridge Elements in Race, Ethnicity and Politics.

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Darren Gibson at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, CharLynda Williams-Devine at Fisk University in Nashville, Deanna Lawson at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Yannick Marshall at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Dwight A. McBride Named President of The New School in New York City

Since 2017, Dr. McBride has served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Emory University in Atlanta. Before going to Emory, Dr. McBride was the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The New Provost at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts

Winston Oluwole Soboyejo has been serving as interim provost since September 2018 and as the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering at the university. He joined the faculty in 2016. Earlier, he was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Stepped Down From Their University Posts

Kofi Agawu, the Hughes-Professor of Music at Princeton University and Robert Stepto, the John M. Schiff Professor of English and Professor of African American Studies at Yale University have retired. Jamie Riley, dean of students at the University of Alabama, has resigned.

Five African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The five faculty members taking on new duties are Olga Davis at Arizona State University, Monique L. Akassi at Talladega College in Alabama, Rodney Priestly at Princeton University in New Jersey, Phillip L. Pointer at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Edwin Thomas at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Princeton University Art Museum Partners With HBCU Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries

Designed to increase diversity in the art leadership field, the inaugural program introduced participants to the inner workings of a university art museum and exposed them to a variety of museum careers and opportunities.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Assignments

The four Black faculty members who are taking on new roles are Ravi Perry at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Kathleen Dorsey Bellow at Xavier University in New Orleans, Narketta Sparkman-Key at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and Rodney Priestly at Princeton University in New Jersey.

In Memoriam: Chloe A. Wofford Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison was a giant of American literature and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1993, Professor Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline Have Little to Do With Different Student Behavior

A new study from scholars at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Princeton University in New Jersey, not only examined racial differences in discipline rates at schools but goes farther to examine the reasons for the racial disparity.

New Assignments for Five Black Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties are Ngonidzashe Munemo at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Dan-el Padilla Peralta at Princeton University, Douglas M. Haynes at the University of California, Irvine, Frances Williams at Tennessee State University, and Eric Mayes at the University of Arkansas.

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