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Exposure to Gun Violence Associated With Increased Rates of Disability Among Black Americans

As the majority of historical research on gun violence has centered around reducing firearm-related deaths, researchers from Rutgers University suggest there is a need to further study the effects of gun violence on mental and physical health.

Christopher Span Appointed Dean of Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Span, professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois, is a scholar of African American educational history. He has experience in both academic and administrative leadership positions.

In Memoriam: William Pope.L, 1955-2023

William Pope.L was an acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and professor in the department of visual arts at the University of Chicago. Before coming to the University of Chicago in 2010, Pope.L was a lecturer in theater and rhetoric at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to High Education Diversity Posts

Dwight Hamilton has been named the chief diversity officer at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Lois V. Greene is the new senior vice president of wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, and B. Elliott Renfroe was named chief diversity officer at Greenville University in Illinois.

Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

For the past two years, Dr. Tomlinson-Clarke has been serving as senior vice provost for academic and faculty affairs. Dr. Tomlinson-Clarke joined the faculty at the university in 1989. Her research focuses on the development of culturally responsive interventions to enhance learning.

Francine Conway Named Chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway is the new chancellor of the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has led Rutgers–New Brunswick under the hybrid title of “chancellor-provost” for the past two years. The separation of responsibilities between chancellor and provost mirrors the leadership structures of Rutgers’ other campuses.

Rutgers University Study Examines Gun Ownership in the Black Community

A new study by scholars at the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers University finds that Black adults – particularly Black women – with higher levels of education and experiences of discrimination and crime are more likely than other African Americans to own a firearm.

Robert M. Dixon Is the New Leader of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Dixon has worked as a faculty member and administrator at six HBCUs over the past half-century as a provost, vice president, dean, department chair, and professor. He is a physicist and may have trained more African American physics undergraduates than anyone else in the country.

Robert M. Dixon Is the New Leader of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Dixon has worked as a faculty member and administrator at six HBCUs over the past half-century as a provost, vice president, dean, department chair, and professor. He is a physicist and may have trained more African American physics undergraduates than anyone else in the country.

Sean Edmund Rogers Named Dean of the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island

Currently, Dr. Rogers serves as vice president for community, equity, and diversity at the University of Rhode Island. He also holds two faculty appointments — professor of management and the Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Dr. Rogers joined the university's faculty in 2018.

Study Finds That After 40 Years the Stillbirth Rate for Blacks Remains Double the Rate for Whites

A new study led by Cande Ananth, chief of epidemiology and biostatistics in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, finds that the decades-long effort to lower the stillbirth rate in the United States has stalled, as has progress in closing a persistent gap in stillbirths experienced by Black women compared with White women.

Rutgers University Research Provides a Snapshot of the Backgrounds of HBCU Presidents

The report found that 72 percent of HBCU presidents were serving for the first time as CEO in higher education. More than three-fifths of HBCU presidents earned their undergraduate degrees at an HBCU. Only 11 percent of HBCU presidents hold a doctoral degree from an HBCU.

Seven African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Kara Brown at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Jamaul Simmons at Winston-Salem State University, Renada Greer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Michael Taylor at Southern University-Shreveport, Marsetta Lee at Talladega College, Consuella Askew at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Jay J. Ellis at Grambling State University.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Baron Kelly was appointed to the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin. Roxane Gay was appointed to the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Cherene Sherrard-Johnson was appointed the E. Wilson Lyon Professor of the Humanities at Pomona College in California.

Ericke Cage Named the 13th President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

President Cage joined the university in July 2021 as vice president and chief of staff and served as the university’s chief operating officer managing the day-to-day operations of the university from July 30 to his appointment as interim president in November 2021.

Bowie State University Scholar Shows How to Reduce Civilians Deaths During Police Encounters

Each year about 1,000 civilians are killed in the United States by law enforcement officers. Many of these people killed in these encounters are African Americans. Now, a new system developed by James Hyman, assistant professor of public administration at Bowie State University, may be used to help understand how and why deadly encounters occur.

Study Finds That Hypertension Is a Major Factor in the Rise of Black Maternal Mortality Rates

Chronic hypertension is contributing substantially to maternal deaths in the United States, with particular risk among Black women, according to new research led by scholars at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The study found a 15-fold increase over the past 40 years in maternal mortality rates as a result of the condition.

Five Black Administrators Taking on New Duties at Universities

Taking on new administrative duties are Daniel T. Okoli at the University of California, Merced, Stacy Gregg at South Carolina State University, Toni Mooney Smith at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Anthony Morgan at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Kevin Hoult at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Endowed Positions at Universities

Jeffrey A. Robinson was named to the Prudential Chair in Business at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Jacqueline Goldsby has been appointed the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and English at Yale University and Adrian Epps holds the Bagwell Endowed Dean’s Chair at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The five African Americans appointed to new administrative posts are Branville G. Bard Jr. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Samantha Rogers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Guy J. Albertini at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Bobby L. Cummings at Delaware State University, and Carolyn Carter at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh.

Kyle Farmbry Will Be the Tenth President of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Farmbry has been serving as a professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark. Earlier, he was dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers-Newark. When Dr. Farmbry takes office on January 1, he will be the first African American to serve as Guilford College's president.

Ericke Cage Is the New Leader of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Cage joined the university in July as vice president and chief of staff and has been serving as the university’s chief operating officer managing the day-to-day operations of the university since July 30. Before arriving at West Virginia State, Cage was the senior advisor to the president and university ombudsman at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

A Group of African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Bronté Burleigh-Jones at American University in Washington, D.C., Richard L. Lucas, Jr. at Clark Atlanta University, Monique Guillory at the University of the District of Columbia, Ebony Marsala at Boston College, William Jones Jr. at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Richie Hunter at the University of Oregon.

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In 1970 Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, established the Black Studies Center. Dr. Miller was the founding associate director. Within two years she became the director. She served in that role until 1984.

Brittany Pearl Battle of Wake Forest University Honored by Sociologists for Women in Society

The Feminist Activism Award from the organization Sociologists for Women in Society was established in 1995. The award is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society.

Three Universities Appoint Black Scholars to Provost Positions

Francine Conway will be chancellor-provost of the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. John D. Jones is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Melissa L. Gilliam has been appointed executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University.

Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Dr. Fleetwod's book - Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration - which took nine years to complete, is based on scores of interviews with incarcerated people and their families, prison staff, activists, and other observers. It explores the importance of people in prison creating art as a means to survive incarceration.

Laurie A. Carter Will Be the First Black President of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin

Since 2017, Carter has been president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She spent 25 years in leadership positions at The Juilliard School and later was executive vice president and university counsel at Eastern Kentucky University. She will begin her new duties on July 1.

Rutgers University Names Campus Directors for the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

The directors, who will lead the institute’s work at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-Camden, will use humanistic theories, methods and approaches to study global issues of race and social justice.

In Memoriam: Wynetta Devore, 1929-2020

Dr. Devore began her academic career at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She then taught at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at Syracuse University's School of Social Work in 1980. She retired in 1999.

Rutgers University Acquires the Personal Library of Literary Scholar Cheryl Wall

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced that it has acquired the personal library of Cheryl Wall. The collection includes more than 2,000 volumes. Dr. Wall, who died last spring was the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers.

Some Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Accounting But There Is a Long Way to Go

The data shows that there are 211 Black faculty members teaching accounting at the nation's business schools. They make up just 3.2 percent of all faculty at these schools. Of the 211 Black faculty members, 107 are women and 104 are men.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts

The four African Americans who have been appointed to serve as diversity officers are Galen Gomes at the College of St. Rose in Albany, Linda Strong-Leek at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Enobong “Anna” Branch at Rutgers University, and Shaniqua Crawford at the University of Oklahoma.

Soyica Colbert Appointed to Dean Position at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Professor Colbert joined the Georgetown faculty in 2013. She is the Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and has been serving as vice dean of the faculty. Professor Colbert will now serve as interim dean of Georgetown College.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham Honored by the National Women’s Studies Association

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, an associate professor of multicultural women's and gender studies at Texas Woman's University, is the recipient of a 2020 National Women's Studies Association's Sara A. Whaley Book Prize.

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

A native of Guyana, Dr. Conway had been serving as dean of the Graduate School of Applied Psychology. She was the first Black scholar to hold that position. Dr. Conway joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2016 after teaching for 13 years at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

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