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Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

The board of trustees of Eureka College in Illinois has named Jamel Santa Cruze Bell as interim president of the educational institution, effective July 1, 2016. She currently serves as vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Bernadette Gray-Little Named Board Chair at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

The Association of Public Land-grant Universities is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 238 public research universities and land-grant institutions. Dr. Gray-Little has been chancellor of the University of Kansas since 2009.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Taking on new faculty roles are Yosvany Terry at Harvard University, Darrick Hamilton at The New School, Paula T. Hammond at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Eugene T. Parker III at the University of Kansas.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

Blane Harding Looks for a Fresh Start at the University of Nevada Reno

The new director of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at the University of Nevada at Reno recently resigned his post at the University of Kansas admitting frustration at the lack of progress in improving graduation rates for Black students.

University of Kansas Institute to Examine Modern Black Poetry

This July, 21 faculty members and four graduate students from colleges and universities across the country will come to the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence for an institute entitled "Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement."

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

The five Black faculty members in new roles are Khiara M. Bridges at Boston University, Beauty Bragg at Georgia College and State University, Yolanda Jackson at the University of Kansas, Bryan Monroe at Temple University, and Juan Gilbert at the University of Florida.

Three African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Clarence Lang was named to a department chair at the University of Kansas. Roshawnda was named to the faculty at Pepperdine University in California, and Sylvester James Gates Jr. will be the Roth Distinguished Scholar at Dartmouth College for the 2015-16 academic year.

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles or responsibilities are Tirin Moore at Stanford University, Emma A. Faulk at Alabama State University, Jennifer F. Hamer at the University of Kansas, and Trudier Harris at the University of Alabama.

Creating an Electronic “Freedom Trail” of Civil Rights Sites

Dave Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is developing a smartphone app using GPS technology that will guide visitors to key sites involving the murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

In Memoriam: Otis Davis Simmons, 1924-2015

Dr. Simmons joined the faculty at Alabama State University in 1966 as chair of the department of music. He was named the university's first dean of the School of Music in 1972.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

A new study by John Rury, a professor of education at the University of Kansas and Derrick Darby a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, finds that the educational prospects for African Americans improved dramatically immediately after three major wars.

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

The alliance of 11 large public research universities says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students, including those from low-income families.

University of Kansas Project Will Examine the Impact of Black Poetry on Social Change

The project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will fund an institute on the University of Kansas campus next summer entitled "Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement."

University of Kansas Partners With a University in Ghana

An agreement with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana calls for cultural, educational, and scientific cooperation between the two institutions.

The New Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas

Reggie Robinson has been serving as a professor of law and the director of the Center of Law and Government at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is the former CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

University of Kansas to Offer Courses in the Somali Language

An elementary class in Somalia will be offered at the Summer African Language Institute and more advanced classes will be offered during the 2014-15 academic year.

New Website Offers Resources for the Teaching of African American Poetry

The University of Kansas has debuted a new website that makes available to the world the content of last summer's Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry Institute.

Two African American Scholars Named to Full Professor Posts

Randal Maurice Jelks was promoted to full professor at the University of Kansas and Heather Williams will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in July as a Presidential Term Professor.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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

Four Black Scholars in the Running for Vice Provost Position at the University of Kansas

The four finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity are DeBrenna Agbényiga of Michigan State, O. Gilbert Brown of Missouri State, Calvin White Jr. of the University of Arkansas, and Nathan Thomas who was chief diversity officer at the University of South Florida Polytechnic.

How Letters From His Mother Influenced the Writing of Langston Hughes

John Edgar Tidwell, a professor of English at the University of Kansas, and Carmaletta Williams, a professor of English and African American studies at Johnson County Community College shed new light on the writings of Langston Hughes.

New Scale Measures a Faculty’s Commitment to Diversity

The ACES scale, developed at the University of Kansas, measures Attitudes toward diversity, Career activities related to diversity, Environment of diversity and Social interaction with diverse groups.

University of Kansas to Hold Classes in Historic Topeka School

The University of Kansas has announced has it has entered into a partnership with the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to hold classes at the former segregated Monroe Elementary.

University of Kansas Historian Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Randal Jelks, associate professor of American studies and African American studies at the University of Kansas, has been awarded the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award for his biography of long-time Morehouse College president Benjamin Elijah Mays.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

University of Kansas Scholar Wins Book Award

Randall Maurice Jelks, associate professor of American studies and African and American American studies at the University of Kansas, won the 2013 Literary Award for Nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his biography of Benjamin Elijah Mays.

Racial Differences in College Students’ Knowledge of America’s Racial History

A study by university researchers finds that African American college students have significantly more knowledge about the history of racism in this country than their White peers. The gap in knowledge, according to the authors, accounts for a different perspective on the current state of race relations.

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