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Three Black Scholars Hired to Faculty Posts at Wesleyan University in Connecticut

Khalil Johnson was hired as an assistant professor of African American studies. Courtney J. Patterson is a new assistant professor of sociology and Royette Tavernier is a new assistant professor of psychology.

Honors and Awards for African American Scholars

The honorees are Karelle Aiken of Georgia Southern University, Gina Athena Ulysse of Wesleyan University, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, author Jacqueline Woodson at CUNY, Carrie Parker-Taylor, the first Black woman at Indiana University, and Karen Faison of Virginia State University.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

The scholars in new teaching roles ate Carolyn Barnes at Duke University, Tondra-Loder-Jackson at the University of Alabama Birmingham, H. Shellae Versey at Wesleyan University, Kisha Lashley at the University of Virginia, and Vanessa Tyson at Scripps College.

Newspaper Article Produces Turmoil on the Wesleyan University Campus

An op-ed piece on the Black Lives Matter movement in the student newspaper produced protests and calls for the student government to stop funding the paper.

Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at Leading Colleges and Universities

Iris Mack is a new lecturer at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Gina Athena Ulysse was promoted to full professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University and Lorelle D. Semley was promoted to associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross.

The New Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Wesleyan University

Renee Johnson-Thornton joined the staff at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1998 and has served in a number of administrative positions. She is a native of Jamaica and was raised in Brooklyn.

Yale’s Hazel Carby to Receive a Prestigious Medal for Literary Achievement

Professor Carby has been selected to received the 2014 Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies. The award is sponsored by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.

Theodore Shaw to Lead the Center for Civil Rights and Hold an Endowed Chair at UNC-Chapel Hill

Theodore M. Shaw, the former director-counselor and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, was appointed director of the Center for Civil Rights at the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will also hold an endowed chair in law.

In Memoriam: Charles Sumner Stone Jr., 1924-2014

Chuck Stone was a Tuskegee Airman, a veteran journalism, an esteemed professor of journalism, and a frequent contributor to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

NYU Scholar Lyle Ashton Harris Selected to Win the David C. Driskell Prize

Lyle Ashton Harris was chosen as the winner of the 2014 David C. Driskell Prize, given to an early career scholar or artist who has made an original and important contribution to the field of African American art or art history.

Black Authors Named Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

Included among the 30 finalists are Jesmyn Ward an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. Hilton Als and Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie, who have both taught at U.S. universities, are also finalists.

Two African American Professors Named NEA Jazz Masters

Richard Davis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Anthony Braxton of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, will be honored as 2014 Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts next January at a ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Wesleyan University’s Anthony Braxton Wins $225,000 Doris Duke Artist Award

The award program, established in 2011, supports performing artists in contemporary dance, theatre, jazz, and related interdisciplinary work. The award comes with a $225,000 honorarium. Braxton is the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan.

Three African Americans in New Teaching Positions

Lois Brown was granted tenure at Wesleyan University. Jeffrey Redding is teaching choral conducting at West Virginia University and Loretta J. Ross is activist-in-residence at Smith College.

Four Black Scholars Named to New Posts

Thomas Parham, Sheridan Quarles Kingsberry, Billy Thomas, and Stacey Close have been assigned to new administrative positions.

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