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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
July 14, 2016

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

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

JoAnne Epps Named Provost at Temple University in Philadelphia

Professor Epps joined the Temple faculty in 1985. She was named associate dean of academic affairs at the law school in 1989. She was promoted to full professor in 1994. Since 2008, she has served as dean of the university’s Beasley School of Law.

University of Alabama at Birmingham — Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction and Teaching (MERIT) for Postdocs

An NIH-funded IRACDA Program

The MERIT Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is seeking individuals who are interested in outstanding research and teaching experiences during their Postdoctoral training. It will provide research experiences at UAB and teaching experiences at partner institutions, including Oakwood University and Stillman College, located near UAB.

MERIT Scholars are supported for four years at NRSA rates and are provided with competitive benefits and an allowance for travel and supplies as outlined on our website.

Eligible applicants to the MERIT Program must be Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D. recipients and US citizens or permanent residents; individuals with comparable degrees are also eligible. Women and persons from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

UAB is committed to the development of outstanding Postdoctoral Scientists and has been consistently ranked in recent years as one of the top ten academic institutions in the United States for training Postdoctoral Scholars.

Application materials as well as other information are available at The deadline for all application materials is January 2017.

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, finds that darker skin is stronger than lighter skin and forms an important barrier against a host of environmental threats.

James Ammons Changes His Mind on Becoming Provost at Delaware State University

In May, it was announced that James H. Ammons would be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Delaware State University in Dover. Now Dr. Ammons has decided to stay put as a professor of political science at Florida A&M University.

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

“Ban the Box” legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don’t have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

A Change in Leadership at the White House HBCU Initiative

Ivory Toldson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has resigned and will return to the faculty at Howard University. Kim Hunter Reed will now lead the office. She was a deputy undersecretary of education and former chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Major Increase in Black Admits to the University of California

The total number of Black students from California admitted to one or more undergraduate campuses of the University of California increased to 3,464 this year from 2,653 a year ago. This is a major increase of more than 30 percent.

Saint Augustine’s University Partners With a University in Colombia

Saint Augustine’s University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has entered into a partnership agreement with the University of the Pacific in the South American nation of Colombia. The agreement will allow for student exchanges beginning this coming academic year.

Texas Southern University Partners With Lone Star College

Under the agreement, students who earn associate’s degrees at Lone Star College will be helped in transferring to Texas Southern University and will be provided with academic counseling. Students who earn credits at Texas Southern University but leave school, will be able to use those credits to obtain an associate’s degree at Lone Star College.

Mississippi Valley State University Debuts Retention Program Aimed at Sophomores

The new initiative includes the assignment of mentors as “success coaches” for all second-year students. Workshops are held every two weeks and sophomores are given leadership training, community service opportunities, and academic support.

A Black Woman’s Half-Century Journey to a Bachelor’s Degree

Delores Ojunga-Andrew is a Black woman who is a member of the Class of 2018 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. At age 72, she is the oldest student enrolled at the women’s college.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Kingsley Odigie a postdoctoral researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey, Keisha N. Blain of the University of Iowa, Maurice Williams of Hampton University in Virginia, and Robert L. Belle Jr., a long-time educator who was recognized by Rowan University in New Jersey.

Encouraging News on Enrollments at Virginia State University

Preliminary data for fall enrollments project a 5 percent increase in total enrollments from a year ago. The number of first-year students who have indicated their intention to enroll is up a significant 30 percent from 2015.

Vanessa Sheared Appointed Dean of Education at the University of the Pacific

For the past decade Dr. Sheared has been serving as dean of the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. Earlier, she served on the faculty at San Francisco State University.

Alabama State University to Offer Two New Degree Programs

The university will now offer a bachelor’s degree program in biomedical engineering, a STEM program that will be attractive to a diverse group of students. The university also will now offer a master of social work degree program.

Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Michael A. Freeman at Coppin State University, Felita Y. Singleton at Portland State University, Henry Wade Johnson at Benedict College, Marcus Cox at Xavier University of Louisiana, Paul Baker at North Carolina Central University, and Roland N. Bullard Jr. at Dillard University in New Orleans.

FEATURED Job Opportunities

Southern Methodist University — Faculty Position in Finance University of Utah — Oral Surgery Section Head, School of Dentistry University of Pennsylvania — Professor in Financial, Managerial, and Tax Accounting Carleton College — Assistant Professor of Biology SUNY Oswego — Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance

Oakwood University Expands Its Online Education Footprint

Under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements program, students residing in 40 states and the District of Columbia can now take courses through Oakwood Online University.

New Assignments for Four Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Sandra Barnes at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, T. Elon Dancy II at the University of Oklahoma, Lorenzo M. Boyd at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Horace Campbell of Syracuse University in New York.


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