As if the percentages of African-American or Hispanic faculty
aren’t stark enough, consider the shortage of Native American
scholars: a miniscule 0.01 percent of postdoctoral faculty
and scholars nationally.
For Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, a graduate from the University of
Maryland, College Park, the SREB program “paid for my tuition and
fees, allowing me the freedom to join several research projects”
rather than to work as a teaching assistant. She is the first
woman of color to attain a tenure-track position and to earn
tenure in the Department of Political Science at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
Former SREB scholar Dr. Fashaad Crawford is the associate vice
provost for assessment and accreditation at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh. Crawford aids in the planning process for
new academic programming and oversees the university’s regional
accreditation and assessment of student learning processes.
Throughout his career, he has worked to promote greater access
and retention for faculty and students from underrepresented
Congratulations to SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduate Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work as a faculty mentor was highlighted in a PBS NewsHour special series. The interview with Dr. Frasure-Yokley appears in the weekly Making the Grade series segment. ”How faculty mentors can help first-generation students succeed.”
Yaa Haber, Ph.D. candidate, published her first article,
“Symptoms Associated With Vestibular Impairment in Veterans With
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” in Plos One, the world’s first
multidisciplinary open-access journal.
Gabriela Sosa, Ph.D. candidate, will publish her research
article, “An Emerging and Diverse Workforce To Reclaim Abandoned
Mind Lands,” in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy.
Dr. Karin Block is a tenured associate professor at the City
University of New York.
Edward A. Brown accepted a full-time position
with Potomac State College in West Virginia as an activities
program manager with the student life division.
Dr. Brown plans and implements social and educational activities
students and creates opportunities for student involvement at the
college. He also oversees Student Union operations, works with
student organizations and serves as advisor to the Student
Dr. Kimberly S. Adams lectured at the University
of Rijeka in Croatia on U.S. politics. Her series of lectures
included: “People, Passion and Pursuit: Making Sense of America’s
2016 Presidential Campaigns” and “1965 Voting Rights Act, the
Changing American Electorate for Women and Racial Minorities, and
Dr. Karin Block was promoted to associate
professor with tenure in the earth and atmospheric sciences
department at the City College of New York.
Dr. Samuel L. Brown was appointed
as director of Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School
of Public Affairs. In this role, Brown will oversee the master of
public administration degree program and the department’s applied
research and community service centers. See more about the
Nick Castro, Ph.D. Candidate, was invited to be
a guest seminar speaker at the Georgia Institute of Technology
and Brigham Young University to discuss his current mathematics
He has also been invited to participate in a mentoring panel for
the Underrepresented Students in Topology group and Algebra
Research Symposium, and to present research at the American
Mathematical Society Spring Southeast Sectional Meeting.
Dr. Rubin L. Cockrell was featured in Black
Enterprise magazine in April 2016 for developing a company
that provides education options to prisoners, with the goal of
lowering recidivism. See the article
Dr. Shani Collins published a new book: The
SHE Devotional: 31 Daily Inspirations for a Woman’s Spirit,
Health and Emotions.
Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley released a new book,
Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs. She has
also been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the
department of political science at UCLA. She is also the first
black woman to earn tenure in her department.
Dr. Jessica Gadsden-Gray was featured in the
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning for her work,
which examines the impact of utilizing modern technology to
facilitate the learning of special needs students. Dr.
Gadsden-Gray points to her own experience
with her daughter Andrea who has cerebral palsy.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha is director of the renowned and
acknowledged Culturally Relevant Computing Lab at Morehouse
College. The lab helps identify and develop undergraduate
students into STEM Innovators. Twelve students from the lab have
pursued Ph.Ds. in the last three years. More information
about the lab here.
Gosha also took the time to discuss with Morehouse News
how the college has helped to produce 13 percent of the country’s
black male computer science Ph.D. students. Click
here to read the interview.
Dr. Rosianna Gray became the new director of
community education for the Center of Community-Based
Partnerships at The University of Alabama.
Dr. Stephanie Jones was featured in the cover
story of the University of Georgia’s Graduate School
magazinefor her research work with Boggs Academy, a historic
boarding school for black students in rural Georgia. Click
here to hear how an accidental email jump started the
Jamila Kareem, Ph.D. Candidate, received a
competitive national award from the Conference on College
Composition and Communication (CCCC) for a presentation she
gave at the 2016 CCCC.
Dr. Tiffany Katz was honored by the
Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s residents
under the age of 40 who is making a difference in the Pittsburgh
here to hear about her journey to the Ph.D. and the moment
that changed her life.
Dr. Melvin Lewis was selected for the Sara Bell
Penrod “Penny” Allen Award at the University of Alabama. This
award is given to a student and one faculty or staff member
who has made significant contributions to student life at the
university. The award comes with a $1,000 prize and invitation to
a reception in the recipient’s honor.
Jason Ottley, Ph.D. Candidate, published his
first book, Epiphany: 101 Relationship Inspirations for
College Students. The book focuses on college student
development, specifically interpersonal relationships. Click
find out more information about the book.
Dr. Rochelle Parks-Yancy published her second
book, Are you Making the Right Impression: Preparing NOW for
Your Real Life after College. The book was co-authored with
Dr. Delonia Cooley.
Dr. Roslyn Satchel, is publishing her first
monograph, Movie Racialization in the Most Influential Films
of All Time.
Dr. Everrett Smith has been named assistant
professor of higher education at the University of Cincinnati. He
served as director of assessment for student affairs at the
University of Arkansas.
Dr. Kent Smith acknowledged DSP for the support
he received in his newest academic journal article: “Middle
Miocene Carnivorans from the Monarch Mill Formation.”
Dr. Shawanda Thomas received the Chancellor’s
Award for Academic Faculty of the Year at Lawson State Community
Dr. Monica Williams is the first minority woman
to receive tenure in the Georgia Southern University Counseling
Center department’s 108-year history.
Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen was appointed head of
the department of sociology, anthropology and geography at Auburn
University at Montgomery in 2016.