The success of the HBCUstory Symposium was the fulfillment of a dream to afford members of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community an opportunity to present their research. The symposium was the first step in a two-part plan to provide a compelling counter-narrative to the negative perceptions of HBCUs so pervasive in the public sphere. In keeping with the academic mantra “publish or perish,” we proudly introduce HBCUstory’s plan to launch The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture (HBCUR+C) in Fall of 2015. An interdisciplinary, peer review journal, HBCUR+C will publish a wide-range of scholarly articles relating to the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD 2015-2017
Fisk University alumna Dr. Crystal A. deGregory will serve as HBCUR+C editor-in-chief. A professional historian and passionate HBCU advocate, Dr. deGregory is the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, Inc., and she convened the inaugural HBCUstory Symposium in April 2013 in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and Nashville Public Library Foundation and convened the second meeting in October 2014 in partnership with the Association of Public Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C. Her research and teaching interests include black Nashville and black education in 19th and 20th centuries, with special attention to black colleges, as well as the relationship of them to the modern Civil Rights Movement. She continues to explore interrelationship of these institutions and their civil rights efforts to the wider African Diaspora where they helped engender the social and political development of fledgling black nations such as the modern Bahamas.
Oakwood University alumnus Dr. Sydney Freeman, Jr. will serve as HBCUR+C’s managing editor. Dr. Freeman is associate professor of higher education at the University of Idaho. He is a former National Holmes Scholar, a certified faculty developer through the Learning Resources Network, and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His research investigates the challenges facing higher education administration programs, specifically, higher education as a field of study and the university presidency. Dr. Freeman has published numerous journal articles and is the lead editor (with Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, and Dianne A. Wright) of Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study: In Quest of Doctoral Degree Guidelines (Stylus Publishing, 2014) which received the 2015 Auburn University Graduate School “Book of the Year” Award. He also was recently named to the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and was honored with the “2015 Emergent Leader of the Year” award by the same professional society. He serves on multiple academic journal editorial and review boards, including serving as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education.
Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil, M.B.A. is an associate professor and Sports Management Program coordinator at Texas Southern University. A graduate of Prairie View A & M University (BS, 1994; M.Ed., 2004) and Texas Southern University (MBA, 2008; MS, 2009; Ed.D., 2009), he is a prominent voice on Historically Black Colleges and Universities sport business and one of the preeminent scholars on HBCU sports culture theory, sport business and leadership. He produces “Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Sports Top 10 Mid-Major and Major Polls” and is a regular contributor, as a sports analyst on several radio programs across the country with the “HBCU Sports Report.” You can hear him on his show Dr. Cavil’s “Inside the HBCU Sports Lab” with Ryan McGinty, Mike Washington, and Charles Bishop radio show on KCOH 1230AM radio every Tuesday from 7:00pm-8:00pm CST (www.kcohradio.com).
Dr. John Michael Lee, Jr. currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Advancement at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. As the assistant vice president for alumni affairs and university relations, he oversees the continued development of the relationship between the University and its estimated 70,000 plus alumni. John has more than a decade of leadership experience in advocacy, outreach, and engagement. John previously served as the vice president for the Office of Access and Success at the Association for Public & Land-grant-Universities. In this role, he was responsible for implementing a national agenda to improve readiness, access and outcomes for students and help transform member institutions. John earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development at New York University, a MPA with a concentration in economic development from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering at Florida A&M University.
Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree is an associate professor at Howard University within the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications. She teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses. Her research interests include African-American and female representations in the mass media, hip hop, rap, reality television, film and social media. She has published articles in several journals, including Women and Language; Howard Journal of Communications; Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journal of Black Studies. She is the author of The Interesting and Incredibly Long History of American Public Relations and co-author of HBCU Experience – The Book and Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice.
Dr. Janet K. Walsh has over 17 years of experience enhancing academic library services through technology, marketing, administration, and instruction. A graduate of Fisk University and the University of Missouri Library School, she earned a doctoral degree in education from Tennessee State University (TSU). Her professional experience includes: Sirsi Corporation, Fisk University, University of Kentucky Library Exchange, American Baptist College, Ingram Library Services, and Tennessee State University. Several marketing, technological, administrative and service inventions have included: Library Online Virtual World Avatars, Open Air Library Instructional Spaces, UniversiTEA campus dialogue, Video Chat Reference , Poetea (Poetry and Tea), Spoken Word Up, Words of the Day Literary Scavenger Hunt, Read IN with Local Leaders, and Customer Service Expectations for Library staff and patrons. She currently serves as assistant professor and director of the Avon Williams Campus Library, Tennessee State University, President of African American Church Historians and Archivists, and as a Community Literacy Activist for Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas.
Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr. is an assistant professor of African American and public history at Tennessee State University. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he earned his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University in 2003. Williams has worked as a Historic Sites Specialist for the State of Florida, served as coordinator for the African American Studies Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and served as trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation in Savannah, Georgia. He is spearheading the North Nashville Heritage Project, which seeks to encourage a greater understanding of the history of North Nashville including the Jefferson Street District, and its historic relationship to the greater Nashville community.
Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe is an innovative higher education administrator, scholar, social justice advocate, and future chief diversity office with several years of professional training and development that began during his undergraduate years at Auburn University as an engaged student leader in the Office of Diversity (now known as the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs). Since then, Brandon has used his knowledge of best practices and creativity to develop small to large scale programs ranging from educational discussions/workshops/training centered around diversity and inclusion strategies to large scale conferences and cultural entertainment initiatives that unites the campus and its surrounding communities. As a scholar, Brandon uses his writing to advocate for increased institutional diversity and social justice through his research–which analyzes the various intersections between organizational culture, leadership development, inclusion strategies, and educational socialization on college campuses. Specifically, he explores how these variables influence access, equity, and persistence of minorities in higher education.