Four African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions


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Royel M. Johnson is a new associate professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He will also serve as the inaugural Director of Student Engagement for the Race and Equity Center at the university and as a faculty affiliate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Previously, Dr. Johnson was an assistant professor of higher education and associate director of the Center for Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is co-editor of Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research and Practice (State University of New York Press, 2022).Dr. Johnson is a two-time graduate from the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education policy studies. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.Teresa L. Smallwood was named the Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology at the United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. She was associate director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. Prior to joining academia, Rev. Smallwood practiced law and served as an assistant district attorney in North Carolina for nearly 20 years.Rev. Smallwood is a graduate of the University...