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Thursday, March 23, 2017

JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 3-23-17

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
March 23, 2017

Here are links to some of the top stories published at this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

M. Christopher Brown Appointed President of Kentucky State University

Dr. Brown has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the Southern University System in Louisiana. He is the former president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He stepped down from that position in December 2013.

Study Finds a Bias in the Perception of the Size and Threat of Black Men

People have a tendency to perceive Black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized White men, according to new research. This may explain why Black men are more likely to be shot by police, the study says.

Roberts Wesleyan College — Faculty Position in Computer Science

Roberts Wesleyan College, located in Rochester, NY, is accepting applications for a 9-month, full-time Faculty Position in Computer Science beginning July 1, 2017, subject to final budget approval. This position will be instrumental in redesigning the computer science curriculum and adding an emphasis on cybersecurity. Roberts Wesleyan College seeks to integrate computing into the variety of majors taught, especially to the sciences and in business. This faculty member will teach courses across the computer science discipline to both computer science majors and students from other disciplines.
Required qualifications include a master’s degree in computer science or a closely related field, with expertise and/or experience in cybersecurity; a strong commitment to the integration of Christian faith and learning; and a willingness to support and identify with the College’s Christian mission and identity. A doctoral degree with experience in undergraduate teaching is preferred. Rank is open; depending upon qualifications, a tenure-track appointment is possible.
Application Process:
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a completed Application for RWC Faculty Employment (download at to:
Dr. Julie Grimm
Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624-1997
For further information, contact Dean Grimm via e-mail: or call 585.594.6680. Persons from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Roberts Wesleyan College complies with all applicable non-discrimination laws and is committed to the enhancement of human dignity and workplace diversity.

Ellen Smiley Appointed Provost at Grambling State University in Louisiana

Ellen Smiley has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University on an interim basis since August 2016. Dr. Smiley joined the staff at Grambling State University in 1990 and has served in many administrative positions.

An Ambitious Blueprint for Equity in Higher Education

The report from the organization Young Invincibles, makes a series of recommendations on revamping the Pell Grant system, making it easier to repay student loans, offering more child care services on campus, and stronger protections for students against for-profit educational institutions.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Names Its Next Chancellor

Since 2010, Robert E. Johnson has been president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. When he takes office, he will become the first African American to lead the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth campus.

Study Finds Blacks Far More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Crimes

The National Registry of Exonerations examined the cases of 1,900 defendants who were convicted of crimes between 1989 and 2016 and later exonerated. They found that 47 percent of these exonerated defendants were African Americans.

A Potent Partnership to Increase the Number of African Americans in Engineering

The National Society of Black Engineers has signed a three-year agreement with the Biomedical Engineering Society to support the organizations’ mutual goal of increasing diversity in engineering.

Brown University Exhibit Features the African American Roots of Popular Music

The exhibit, “Bamboula! Black Music Before the Blues,” includes nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books, sheet music, concert posters, songbooks, and other artifacts. It will be shown at the university’s John Hay Library through May 5.

William F. Owen Named Dean and Chancellor of the Ross University School of Medicine

Students at the Ross University School of Medicine study in Dominica in the West Indies and then complete their training at an affiliated teaching hospital in the United States. Ross University is a division of the DeVry Education Group.

Professor Is the First African American to Lead a Federal Reserve Board Regional Bank

Raphael Bostic, has been serving as the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance in the School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

University of Montana Scholar Honored for Her Work in Public Administration

Beverly Edmond, the interim provost at the University of Montana, shared the Trailblazer Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, a division of the American Society for Public Administration. She and her co-author were honored for the book Trailblazing African American Public Administrators.

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal

Janiel Myers is a native of Jamaica but has become a U.S. citizen. She is scheduled to earn her law degree in 2018 and is the chair of academic and professionalism success for the Emory Black Law Student Association.

African American Author Who Teaches at Berea College in Kentucky Wins Two Book Awards

Crystal Wilkinson, the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College in Kentucky, has won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association and the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award from Transylvania University.

Black Television News Channel Moving Forward at Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University and the owners of the new Black Television News Channel recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 100,000-square-foot Graphic Communication facility on the Florida A&M campus. The new network is scheduled to begin broadcasting in February 2018.

New Administrative Positions for Four African Americans at Major Universities

The four African Americans in new administrative posts in higher education are Archie Tucker II at Alabama A&M University, Michele Harper at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, Tamala Tamu Sukari Choma at the University of California, Riverside, and Carleton Spellman at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Offers a New Learning Opportunity in Hospitality Management

The new M Street Grille restaurant will operate as “a learning laboratory that cultivates, encourages and promotes entrepreneurism among UMES students interested in pursuing careers in the hospitality industry.”

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Two African American Women in Dean Posts Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College in Boston and Bridgette Rahim-Williams, associate dean for research at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Texas Southern University Proposes a Four-Day Summer Work Week for Staff

Texas Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Houston, has a plan to institute a four-day work week during the summer months in an effort to reduce expenses. The proposed changes would save the university nearly $13,000 a day or more than $467,000 for the summer session.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Three Black Scholars

The Black scholars in new roles are Renee A. Middleton at Ohio University in Athens, Abi Williams at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Jamel K. Donnor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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