Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Taylor reappointed to USDA NAREEE advisory board

FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) Dean Robert W. Taylor has been Tom Vilsack to the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economic (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

As a member of the advisory board, Taylor will represent the National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture or Weed Science Society.

“We are very excited to have you on board in order to continue our work for the USDA and the [NAREEE] mission. The participation and engagement of folks like you make our work that much more impactful,” said Michele Esch, NAREEE executive director, in a letter announcing Taylor’s reappointment.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Professor represents FAMU at International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference

FAMU technology education professor David White has journeyed to Orlando, Fla. to represent the university at the 76th Annual International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference.

White has been selected to host the Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) Spirit of Excellence Breakfast during the conference and will make a special presentation, along with FAMU Developmental Research School instructor Bobbie Thornton, titled: “Engaging Students with Special Needs in Technology Education” during the conference’s STEM showcase.

White is the coordinator of the Technology Education Program in the College of Education.

According to ITEEA officials, White was selected to participate in the conference in honor of his, and FAMU’s, continued contributions to the association’s mission of promoting integrative STEM education for students of all walks of life.

“I am very proud and honored to represent FAMU at this conference,” said White, a previous recipient of the prestigious James J. and Loretta C. Buffer Award in Industrial Technology Education. “This is yet another example of how FAMU is becoming a leader in STEM education initiatives, not only in the state of Florida but globally."

According to White, FAMU’s Technology Education Program is the only program in the state that is certified by the Florida Department of Education to produce fully-licensed technology and engineering educators for sixth through 12th grades.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FAMU professor highlighted as “Woman of Power” by Black Enterprise

FAMU Professor Atira Charles is being highlighted by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Woman of Power.”

The national business publication recently included Charles, an assistant professor of management in the School of Business and Industry (SBI), in the February “Women of Power” edition. She is featured in an article about workplace empowerment.

In conjunction with the magazine article, Charles was invited to present a workshop titled, “Balancing Act: Strategies for Managing Racial & Gender Identities at Work” at the 2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. The Summit was held Feb. 26 - March 1 in Boca Raton, Fla. More than 800 women from diverse industries and professional organizations attended the summit.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ziegler named Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair

FAMU Professor Dhyana Ziegler, a knighted Dame of Justice by the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Justice, has been appointed the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) and will assume the post in July 2014.

As the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair, Ziegler will assist with the development of a new master’s degree program, represent the SJGC within professional organizations, as well as continue to serve in her teaching and research capacities.

“We are honored to have Dr. Ziegler serve as the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Professor Ziegler is a trailblazer in journalism education and practices. She is a tremendous asset to our students, who benefit from her scholarly work and practical teachings in the area of ethics, digital media and strategic communications,” said Ann Wead Kimbrough, DBA, dean of School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

Ziegler, a long-time journalism scholar, is a multimedia content producer and former on-air radio and TV host. She is the author of three books, several book chapters and other scholarly publications.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

SBI professor to speak on global entrepreneurism

Some say 17,405 kilometers.  Others say 10,815 miles.  Either way, it’s the distance FAMU School of LaTanya White traveled last fall to spread her message of entrepreneurial education and access. 
Business and Industry (SBI) Professor

Her trip to Bali, Indonesia, was a life-changing experience for White that took her advocacy to the global stage.  She’ll share highlights of her journey in a presentation titled, “THE POWER OF ‘CAN’: One Woman’s Challenge to the Global Entrepreneurial Community” scheduled for today at 9 a.m. at the President’s Coffee, a quarterly business meeting hosted by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.  The event will take place at the Pittman Conference Center at the Riley House/Museum, 419 East Jefferson Street.

“Entrepreneurism is a hot topic again,” said White, who is also the successful owner of 71 Proof; a beverage catering company that services the southeast region of the United States.  “We need to make sure that minorities realize equal access to educational and business opportunities in this new entrepreneurial ecosystem that’s being constructed around the world.” 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FAMU professor appointed to USDA advisory committee

Jennifer Taylor, associate professor and coordinator of Small Farm Programs at the FAMU College
of Agriculture and Food Sciences, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR).

The committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Taylor’s appointment during a recent event at the University of Delaware.

“The next generation of America's farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before, have new market opportunities and continue to bring innovative ideas to the agriculture industry," Harden said. "The Secretary and I look forward to working closely with this advisory committee to continue supporting the promise of agriculture's future."

Taylor also serves as a member of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB advises the Secretary on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing, based on criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jackson receives American Historical Association’s Equity Award

FAMU Professor David H. Jackson, Jr. was recently honored with the American Historical Association’s (AHA) 2013 Equity Award. The AHA, established in 1884, is the oldest and largest professional historical association in the nation.

Jackson received the award during the organization’s annual meeting held in January in Washington, D.C. The award is one of the association’s most distinguished scholarly and professional awards, and serves to honor individuals or institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the historical profession.

In an announcement about the award, the organization recognized Jackson for his achievements in “inspiring African-American undergraduates to enter graduate programs in history and earn professional degrees,” and applauded him for being an “outstanding community leader and teacher.”

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Maupin presidency could help Scott reshape FAMU in the model of Florida Polytechnic

The selection of John E. Maupin, Jr. as a semifinalist for the FAMU presidency is good news for Florida’s anti-tenure governor. A Maupin administration could be just what Gov. Rick Scott needs to reshape FAMU in the model of one of his pet projects, Florida Polytechnic University.

Back in 1998, the Florida Board of Regents announced a Three Tier Plan that called for FAMU to be a bottom tier “comprehensive” university that would focus mainly on teaching undergraduate students. Then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries led the fight to create a special “Comprehensive/Doctoral” category that permitted the university to continue pursuing its Ph.D. and research expansion ambitions.

Today, FAMU faces a different threat to its future as a research institution. Humphries, like all university presidents who know how to run a serious research university, understood that FAMU needed tenure in order to compete for the best published professors and grant-writing scientists.

But in a few days, FAMU could have a new president who doesn’t support tenure protection for faculty members. An investigating committee of the American Association of University Professors accused Maupin of effectively eliminating tenure at Meharry Medical College during his presidency at that school. There were also allegations that he used intimidation tactics to pressure faculty members into publicly supporting that overhaul. Maupin currently leads the Morehouse School of Medicine, which does not offer tenure, at all.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

FAMU mourns loss of Professor Arnold Bell

The FAMU family is mourning the death of Allied Health Sciences Professor Arnold Bell. Bell passed away Sept. 2 at the age of 62.

“The Florida A&M University family is deeply saddened by the news of the death of one of our distinguished professors, Dr. Arnold Bell, who worked in FAMU’s physical therapy education program since 1982,” said FAMU Chief Communications Officer Sharon Saunders. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and the entire family during this time of bereavement.”

Bell was the first African-American physical therapist in the nation to become an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Certified Clinical specialist in any area. His extensive background in sports medicine provided him the knowledge and experience essential to provide instruction in areas such as: modalities; basic evaluation techniques; general orthopedic evaluation techniques; and sports medicine.

He provided athletic training services and physical therapy rehabilitation services to the FAMU Developmental Research School (DRS). Bell has contributed chapters in texts on “Exercise for the Elderly” and on “Conditioning for Athletes.”

Friday, August 30, 2013

FAMU vet awarded Life Membership with Florida Veterinary Medical Association


Ray C. Mobley, a FAMU veterinarian, was awarded life membership with the Florida Veterinary
Medical Association (FVMA).  Mobley is among a group of only 48 of more than 3,600 members of the FVMA who have achieved this level of recognition for this organization.

Mobley was selected by the FVMA because of his exemplary achievements and contributions made toward the advancement of the veterinary medicine profession.  A 1971 graduate of FAMU, Mobley is a full professor and the director of animal health and veterinary programs. Employed with the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, Mobley has brought notable recognition to the program through developing the outreach efforts in agriculture to address critical issues related to herd health and food safety.

Also, Mobley is credited with being instrumental in establishing both the veterinary technology academic track and the Ag-Discovery Summer Youth Program at FAMU through a strong partnership with USDA APHIS that prepares a young generation of veterinarians for the future. Mobley provided exemplary leadership for hosting the Inaugural National Goat Conference on the FAMU campus in 2010.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Charles Evans, long time FAMU SBI professor, dies at 68

Charles Evans, who served on the faculty of the FAMU School of Business and Industry for 30 years, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was 68-years old.

Evans was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering mathematics from North Carolina A& T University in 1967. Following college, he served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he worked for General Electric and then continued his education at Syracuse University. Evans earned a master’s of business administration in information systems from that university in 1973 and completed his Ph.D. in marketing management there in 1982.

At FAMU, Evans taught courses such as “Principles of Marketing,” “Marketing Management,” “Marketing Research Methods,” and “Marketing Management Strategy.” He also served as director of the Small Business Center and an associate SBI dean.

Off campus, Evans was a passionate activist for civil rights. He was a long time president of the Tallahassee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Earlier this year, the branch named its new headquarters in Frenchtown (719 W. Brevard Street) in his honor.

Evans is survived by his wife, Connie Hicks-Evans, four children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jennings’ disrespectful attitude toward FAMU faculty spans more than 11 years

This week, FAMU trustees will pass a resolution honoring Bill Jennings for the more than 11 years he sat on the board. The praise on that document won’t say anything about the real Bill Jennings that FAMU had to deal with between 2001 and 2013. The real Jennings was an individual who had enormous difficulty treating FAMU’s faculty with respect during his time on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Back in 2001, Jennings led the Presidential Search Committee charged with finding a successor to President Frederick S. Humphries. He quickly started talking down to the FAMU professors who believed they should have voting representation on the committee.

At a town hall meeting on October 31, 2001, Jennings confirmed that that he told the Tallahassee Democrat that it would be “counter-productive” to appoint a faculty representative with full voting power to the BOT Presidential Search Committee. BOT Chairman Art Collins later selected Faculty Senate President Ada P. Burnette to serve as a voting member of the committee despite Jennings’ negative comments.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Edington nets $1.6M STEM research grant from the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded FAMU a four-year grant for  $1,630,597 for the College of Science and Technology (CST) project, “Implementation Project: Student-Centered Active Learning and Assessment Reform (SCALAR).” Principal investigator Maurice Edington and fellow faculty members Desmond Stephens, Lewis E. Johnson, Charles A. Weatherford and Virginia A. Gottschalk are leading the research initiative.

Once fully implemented, the project will revamp the instructional approaches in FAMU’s undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. It will ultimately help position FAMU as a national model in STEM education.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Abdullah appointed provost of Bethune-Cookman

Former FAMU Dean Makola M. Abdullah has received another promotion. He is now the chief academic officer of Florida’s largest private historically black university.

Last month, Edison O. Jackson, the new president of Bethune-Cookman University, hired Abdullah to serve as the school’s provost and vice-president for academic affairs.

Abdullah spent 15 years at FAMU and raised more than $27 million in grant dollars during that time. The agencies that sponsored his research projects included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

As a FAMU faculty member, Abdullah also held a number of administrative leadership positions, including: associate vice-president for research (2005-2007), director of land grant programs (2008-2011), and dean of College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture (2008-2011). He additionally chaired FAMU’s Tenure and Promotion Committee and SACS Federal Mandates Committee.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Redda, a $35.5M grant-raiser, honored by HBCU Awards

FAMU professor of medicinal chemistry and Acting Vice President for Research Kinfe Ken Redda has been named the Male Faculty Member of the Year by the 2013 HBCU Awards. During his 28-year tenure, Redda has secured three patents through intensive research on HIV and Anti-Cancer agents, and generated more than $35.5 million from research and training grant awards at the university.

"Dr. Redda's work with HIV/AIDS research and his development of patents has positioned him as a national expert in his industry, and affirms FAMU as a repository of national academic and research-based expertise,” said HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr. “We are honored that Dr. Redda has made his life's work of scholarship and research at FAMU, one of the nation's great institutions of higher learning - historically black and otherwise. He is exactly what this award best represents."

Redda currently serves as an activity leader in the Drug Discovery Core Facility (DDCF), a component of the Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at FAMU.  Previously, he served as associate vice president for research (2004-2005). Redda was appointed to serve as the Director of the NIH-funded Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program in 1988 where he excelled in expanding and strengthening biomedical research on campus and generated millions of dollars for FAMU from NIH during his tenure as the MBRS Director for 17 years. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ellis to serve as fellow at NEH Summer Institute at Harvard’s Du Bois Institute

FAMU Assistant Professor of History Reginald Ellis was recently selected to serve as a fellow in the
2013 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute at Harvard University's Du Bois Institute on African-American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights.

“I was extremely elated to have been selected to participate in this institute, which will be conducted by some of the leading scholars in the field of African-American history,” a humbled Ellis said.

 The NEH Institute is part of an ongoing effort to provide a deeper understanding of African-American efforts to secure full citizenship and civil rights, and to situate that movement within the broader context of American history. 

During the four-week-long program, Ellis, along with 29 teachers from around the nation, will engage in an intensive program of reading and discussion with leading scholars, reviewing new and recent scholarship as well as a rich array of sources – oral histories, memoirs, documentary films, music and archival sources. Participating teachers will work in small groups to revise courses they currently teach, develop plans for new courses, and/or create units on specific topics or texts.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Hawkins an example of faculty leadership that has carried FAMU through tough times

The days when FAMU could count on having a steady presidency are over. There have been six presidencies in fewer than 12 years at the school.

FAMU is more dependent than ever on the selfless work of the faculty members who provide consistent top-quality leadership no matter who is sitting in the big chair in Lee Hall. James Hawkins was one of those people.

Hawkins dedicated most of his career to FAMU. He began working at the university in 1977 as an assistant professor of broad journalism. That was the start of a 36-year period of teaching and administration that touched the lives of thousands of students.

In his positions as director the journalism division (1982-2004) and dean (2004-2013), Hawkins played a key role in shaping what is now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication into one of the university’s leading powerhouse programs.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Lindsey Sarjeant Group headlines "Saturday in the Park" concert

The Downtown Tallahassee Business Association (DTBA) and the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA) will host its third jazz concert in its 2013 "Saturday in the Park" Concert Series on Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT in Ponce de Leon Park, Tallahassee.

Headlining this month’s event will be the Lindsey Sarjeant Group. The "Saturday in the Park" Concert Series is free and open to the public.

Lindsey Sarjeant is a FAMU professor of music, director of the jazz studies program, and director of the university's jazz ensemble. He is also a music arranger for the Marching 100 band and FAMU Symphonic Band.

Sarjeant is a jazz pianist, composer, jazz lecturer and historian, adjudicator and jazz keyboard clinician. His tours include Europe with FAMU Jazz Ensemble in Paris, Monteux, Amsterdam and Brienz, as well as touring with Pam Laws in the Soviet Union.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

FAMU professor is president-elect of Marketing Management Association

FAMU Professor of Marketing Roscoe Hightower in the School of Business Industry is the newly
president elect and spring 2014 conference program chair for the Marketing Management Association. This position will allow Hightower to provide FAMU researchers with access to a multitude of scholarly marketing and management activities, while being responsible for an international marketing organization.

“It is my hope to include FAMU scholars from all disciplines in Marketing Management Association (MMA) activities,” Hightower said.  “It is an honor to have been elected by my peers from around the world to lead the organization. I plan to lead MMA to more membership and increased scholarly publications via our fall and spring conference proceedings over the next two years.”

Hightower, a FAMU alumnus, received his bachelor of science in business administration and a MBA from FAMU and his doctor of philosophy in marketing from Florida State University.

The MMA has a history of showcasing cutting-edge marketing thought presented by both practitioners and academicians.

Friday, April 19, 2013

FAMU professor co-authors book with member of "Gladys Knight and the Pips"

Dhyana Ziegler, professor of journalism at Florida A&M University (FAMU), has co-authored a book with a member of the famous singing group Gladys Knight and the Pips titled "Midnight Train FROM Georgia: A Pip’s Journey." The book is a memoir about the life of William Franklin Guest, one of “The Pips”, who is also Ziegler’s brother-in-law.

Midnight Train FROM Georgia: A Pip’s Journey chronicles the life of Guest from childhood through his life with Gladys Knight and the Pips and discusses his activities since the break-up of the group.

Katherine Anderson-Shaffner of “The Marvelettes” wrote the forward of the book. She said, “Midnight Train FROM Georgia: A Pip’s Journey reminds me of all those fun times we had together. It was a wonderful time in the history of musical performance. It captures the love of family, entertainment and survival in the music industry.”