Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts

Monday, June 25, 2018

Pernell to present talk at 4th Annual Education and Social Justice Conference

Florida A&M University Interim Law Dean LeRoy Pernell will present a summary discussion and presentation of his article, Racial Justice and Federal Habeas Corpus as Post-Conviction Relief from State Convictions, during a session held at the 4th Annual Education and Social Justice Conference, June 24-26, 2018. The event will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University.

Pernell’s discussion will include issues related to the influence of race on our criminal system and its role in the current racial crisis of over-representation in our prisons. But notably, he will address the future and importance of a key tool in the struggle for racial equity – Federal Habeas Corpus as a post-conviction remedy.

Friday, June 15, 2018

FAMU professor publishes “Sustainaspeak” book

Beth Lewis, an associate professor of architecture at FAMU, has published the new book “Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms.”

The book was written to educate those wanting to learn more about sustainability and the terminology of environmentally-friendly and resource efficient design. “Sustainaspeak: A Guide for Sustainable Design Terms” provides a current guide to sustainable design strategies, terms and practices needed for the next generation of community and university leaders, designers, planners, architects, and students. The book addresses strategies needed to design a carbon-neutral world for future generations.

“Sustainaspeak” contains more than 200 terms with additional sources and related terms. It is illustrated with sustainable award-winning buildings.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Clyde Ashley, FAMU SBI professor, dies

Clyde Ashley, an associate professor in the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry, died yesterday. He was 67 years old. No cause of death has been announced.

“We extend sincere condolences to his family and will keep them in our prayers,” FAMU President Larry Robinson said in a quote published by WCTV-6.

Ashley was a tenured faculty member whose primary area of focus was professional leadership development. He began teaching in SBI in 1987 during the deanship of the late Sybil C. Mobley. Some of his courses included “Advanced Professional Development,” “Senior Seminar Leadership,” and “Graduate Seminar Leadership.”

He earned a bachelor of science in economics from the State University of New York at Brockport, a master of arts in economics from Howard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Howard University.

Ashley was known as a dedicated fighter for the FAMU faculty who didn’t pull punches in his statements to the media or in face-to-face forums. He regularly spoke about faculty issues during the public comments section of FAMU Board of Trustees meetings and demanded action to address problems. Ashley also served in the FAMU Faculty Senate.

Monday, February 12, 2018

FAMU Law professor addresses U.S president’s comments regarding immigrants from Haiti, Latin America and African Countries

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Distinguished Professor for International Law Jeremy Levitt recently wrote an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel on comments attributed to President Donald Trump.

From “We Need Immigrants – Especially from Developing Nations”:

President Trump’s atomic comments Thursday during a White House meeting with congressional lawmakers about immigration trampled the red line of racism, bigotry and prejudice — from which there is no return. Until now, I have been reluctant to label Trump a racist, noting the important differences between racism, bigotry and prejudice.

Isn’t it ironic that on the eve of two monumental anniversaries — the mega-earthquake that devastated Haiti and killed at least 300,000 on Jan. 12, 2010, and the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929 — Trump asked why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America rather than people from places like Norway?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SBI, NAA, Athletics, tag sales, and faculty/staff raised at least $9.5M of FAMU’s $12.3M in FYEs 2015, 2016

Florida A&M University received $5.8M in gifts in 2014-2015 and $6.5M in 2015-2016. At least $9.5M of that was raised by the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the National Alumni Association (NAA), the Department of Athletics, FAMU tag sales, and the Faculty and Staff Campaign.

School of Business and Industry

SBI, led by Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, was by far the biggest single source of fundraising leadership for FAMU in FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Universities are required by federal law to include pledges as part of their end-year fundraising total along with actual cash received. SBI alumnus John Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson pledged $5M to FAMU in Fall 2014, so that counted toward the $5.8M fundraising total in 2014-2015. But the Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

FAMU counted last year’s $1M from Thompsons toward its 2015-2016 total.

Back in December 2015, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels signed a commitment for his corporation to donate $1M to establish the Sybil C. Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.

That brought the SBI fundraising total to $7M for FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

FAMU mourns the loss of former Dean Ralph W. Turner

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has lost one of its brightest stars and trailblazing researchers, Ralph W. Turner, Ph.D. The former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences dedicated nearly 50 years of service to FAMU and retired as a distinguished chemistry professor in 2016. He passed away on Dec. 26, while visiting family in Philadelphia. Turner was 80 years old.

Family and friends will celebrate his life during his funeral on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 839 Cedar Springs Highway in Jakin, Georgia. A viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the church.

Friends and colleagues recall Turner’s remarkable commitment to students, FAMU and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He earned his bachelor’s degree from an HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University, where he was student body president.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Faculty leaders applaud Robinson’s efforts to improve work conditions for professors

Back during the presidency of Elmira Mangum, the top elected faculty leaders at Florida A&M University spoke out against the administration’s poor treatment of professors. But today, those same faculty leaders are applauding new President Larry Robinson’s efforts to improve work conditions.

United Faculty of Florida (UFF) at FAMU President Elizabeth Davenport criticized Mangum in 2015 for failing to follow through on her talk about the possibly of reducing course loads, which could give faculty members more time to perform research.

“When President Elmira Mangum was interviewing for her post at FAMU, she agreed that faculty, who teach more than any other faculty in the system, deserved relief in their course load and a decent raise,” Davenport wrote in an op-ed for the Florida Times-Union. “Once she became president, these concerns were replaced with social media promotion on Twitter and Facebook, concerts at Carnegie Hall, trips around the country and world, and filling administrative positions.”

Bettye Grable, who has served as the FAMU faculty senate president since 2014, says that Robinson is now taking the first step toward addressing faculty concerns over how their workloads compare to those of professors at similar universities.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FAMU professor explores “Radical and Historic Views on HBCUs”

In May, the Leon County Library hosted a community lecture series, which included a special look into the early beginnings of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). FAMU History Professor Reginald Ellis, Ph.D., led the series’ installment at the B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, which also commemorated the Annual Festival of Freedom honoring the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee.

Titled “Thomas DeSaille Tucker and His Radical Approach to Black Higher Education,” Ellis presented an inspiring lecture that analyzed the role of Florida A&M University and its first president. The discussion on HBCUs at the dawn of the 20th century was centered on the famous question of liberal arts versus vocational education for African Americans. The lecture revealed the tactics that Tucker used to ensure funding and other forms of support for the young institution and gave a deeper look into his leadership strategies.

Ellis specializes in the history of HBCUs and African-American leaders during the Jim Crow Era. His research also concentrates on African Americans in U.S. History since 1887, contemporary African-American history and oral history.

Monday, July 03, 2017

NEA: Average salary for FAMU full professors is lowest in State University System of Florida

The National Education Association (NEA) reports that the average salary for FAMU full professors is the lowest in the State University System of Florida.

According to NEA Today: “Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) also tend to be paid less than faculty at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs.) For example, full professors at Florida A&M University (FAMU) earn an average $92,000 a year, making them the lowest paid among the 11 state universities. In fact, even though FAMU is a “Research 2: Doctoral Institution,” putting it in the second highest grouping in the Carnegie classification system, its faculty earn less, on average, than the highest paid community college faculty in the state.”

The average salary for full professors at Indian River State College is $98,500.

Florida Polytechnic University, which NEA included in the count of the 11 state universities in Florida, doesn’t have any full professors yet.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAMU launches Digital Learning Initiative to transform classrooms with technology

While Florida A&M University students are enjoying summer activities, such as internships and study abroad experiences; faculty are hard at work finding unique ways to overhaul their classrooms by weaving the latest technology infusion upgrades into their courses.

Professors are redesigning their classes in preparation for fall to include the use of blended/hybrid approaches to teaching and learning. The course redesign efforts are a component of the University’s newly launched Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) and promote student engagement, class discussions and instruction all within the swipe of an iPad or tablet.

The initiative’s launch was celebrated during FAMU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference, which was recently held to promote best practices for course redesign and student engagement among faculty.

Friday, June 09, 2017

FAMU faculty member uses innovative teaching methods

By FAMU CAFS Magazine Staff

The 2016-2017 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) junior faculty Teaching Innovation Award (TIA) was presented to Jenelle Robinson, Ph.D., of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS).

The award, which is given to a senior and junior faculty member, recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated and implemented the use of non-traditional teaching strategies, approaches, techniques, or tools to produce measurable gains for student outcome.  It also exemplifies their respective efforts on exploring new ways of teaching that impacts the capacity of the students to think critically.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

FAMU expects to receive $1.7M from World Class Faculty and Scholar Program

In 2017-2018, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,748,715 from the World Class Faculty and Scholar Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

According to the act: “The World Class Faculty and Scholar Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to recruit and retain exemplary faculty and research scholars. It is the intent of the Legislature to elevate the national competitiveness of Florida’s state universities through faculty and scholar recruitment and retention.”

The act goes on to describe that the funds from the program may be used for: “investments in research-centric cluster hires, faculty research and research commercialization efforts, instructional and research infrastructure, undergraduate student participation in research, professional development, awards for outstanding performance, and postdoctoral fellowships.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grable wins third term as FAMU Faculty Senate president

Earlier this week, The FAMUan reported that the Florida A&M University Faculty Senate had elected Bettye A. Grable to a third term as its president. She won election to her first term in 2014 and reelection in 2015.

Grable initially joined the Faculty Senate in 2011 as a senator representing the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She became vice-president of the senate three years later in 2014.

A member of the journalism faculty since 2006, Grable earned tenure 2012. She received her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida, her master of science in journalism from FAMU, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

As Faculty Senate president, Grable also serves as a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ablordeppey continues $1.4M in NIH-funded research on antipsychotic drugs

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), continuing a $1,411,289 research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH awarded Ablordeppey four years of funding for a project entitled “A New Approach for the Development of Novel Antipsychotic Drugs.” The organization released $337,755 to him in the fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016 and $300,180 for FYE 2017.

The project focuses on developing better drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

FAMU professor receives William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award

After considering a pool of candidates from across the State of Florida, the Florida Education Fund has awarded Seth Y. Ablordeppey the 2016 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award.

Ablordeppey is professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Edington new FAMU VP for strategic planning, analysis and institutional effectiveness

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson has created a new office and vice presidency to ensure more effective management and oversight of critical academic and business operations at the University.

Robinson recently announced that Maurice Edington, founding dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology, will serve as vice president for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness.

Edington has also served as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chair of the University’s Strategic Plan Work Group. The group started working last fall to design a road map to chart the University’s progress towards meeting key academic, fiscal, and operational priorities over the next five years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Persaud battled against interests of FAMU faculty during search for 11th president

Narayan Persaud’s faculty senate presidency was much like Mary Diallo’s. He started out as a strong advocate for FAMU professors but later threw them under the bus as he sought personal power.

Back when she was the FAMU Faculty Senate president in 2004, Diallo voted to hire an interim president who, by all measures of common sense, was not qualified to run a public, four-year university. She threw her support behind Castell V. Bryant, the former president of the Miami-Dade Community College Medical Center Campus.

Diallo seemed to relish being a part of the new interim president’s “inner circle.” But she soon learned the hard way that it was all a sham and that Castell had little respect for her or any other member of the FAMU faculty.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Environmental science professor receives award for scientific innovations

The Tallahassee Scientific Society has named Henry Neal Williams, a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) School of the Environment as the recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.

The Gold Medal Award, established in 2004, is annually granted to a scientist or scholar of outstanding merit from the Tallahassee community. The Society selects its Gold Medal Award recipient based on scientific or mathematic achievements, outstanding contributions to science education and public service.

Williams has made history by becoming the very first researcher from Florida A&M University to receive the accolade.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

David at fault for much of FAMU administration's poor treatment of faculty

Provost Marcella David and Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable
FAMU Provost Marcella David could become the acting university president on Thursday. That’s when the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) is scheduled to vote on a proposed exit plan for President Elmira Mangum.

David has been at the center of numerous public complaints that FAMU faculty members have about the current administration.

In her 2014-2015 evaluation of Mangum, some of Faculty Senate President and BOT member Bettye A. Grable’s biggest criticisms were about a lack of shared governance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grable takes Mangum to task for having insufficient data to support assessment claims

For the second consecutive year, FAMU Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable said President Elmira Mangum “Does Not Meet” expectations in eight categories of her annual evaluation. Last year, the evaluation had a total of ten categories. There were eleven categories for the 2015-2016 year.

Grable said Mangum met expectations for Financial Management and Personal Characteristics and Values. She gave Mangum an “Exceeds” expectations rating for the Work Plan category.

But in the rest of the eight categories, Grable gave Mangum the lowest possible mark. Those areas were Annual Priorities and Goals, Strategic Leadership, Educational Leadership, Organizational Management, Fundraising, External Relations, Internal Relations, and Board of Governance Relations.

In most of those categories, Grable faulted Mangum for providing little or no comparative data to support the high ratings that she gave herself on her 2015-2016 presidential self-assessment.