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The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Faculty Awards and Achievements

Posted: July 20, 2009

The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American studies would like to congratulate the following faculty members for their accomplishments and achievements:

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Planning Department of Education Administration has been awarded the 2009 University of Texas Co-op Research Excellence Award for Best Research Paper which he co authored with Linda Darling-Hammond Professor of Education at Stanford University.  The Research paper is entitled Accountability Texas-Style: The Progress and Learning of Urban Minority Students in a High-Stakes Testing Context and will be honored at an awards banquet in October. In August he'll be a guest speaker at the New Faculty Orientation Seminar to discuss his winning publication and the creative process that led to it. He was also awarded a University of Texas SRA research grant for the summer to quantitatively study urban high schools that are closed and reconstituted under No Child Left Behind.

Dr. Jerome D. Williams F. J. Heyne Centennial Professor Department of Advertising has been appointed by U.S. Census Bureau to Chair the 2010 Communications Academic Assessment Panel a national team of leading marketing/advertising professors to assess the advertising campaign for the 2010 Census, especially as it relates to addressing hard-to-count populations, which includes African Americans and Hispanics.  He has also received the 2009 Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award -- see attached news items from Target Market News.

Dr. Christen Smith Assistant Professor of Anthropology has been awarded the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Juliet Hooker of Government has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and appointed as Associate Director of The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing received the 2009-2010 NEH/Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Dr. Kevin M. Foster Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction was selected as an American Academy for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow and will serve in the National Science Foundation for 2009-2010.

Dr. Richard J. Reddick Assistant Professor of Educational Administration received a summer research grant from the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

Dr. Matt Richardson Assistant Professor of English has been awarded the 2009 Career Enhancement Fellowship. The fellowship program assists junior faculty to pursue scholarly research and writing over a year's time. During the 2009-2010 academic years Matt will be working on the manuscript, Listening To the Archives: Black Lesbian Literature and Queer Memory.

Dr. Niyi Afolabi Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese has successfully published his book Afro-Brazilians Cultural Production In A Racial Democracy, University of Rochester Press (2008).

Dr. Kevin Cokley Associate Professor of Educational Psychology was recently appointed to the American Psychological Association's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) for a 3 year term. The committee functions as a catalyst for action on ethnic minority issues and concerns by interacting with and making recommendations to the various components of the APA's governing structure, APA membership, and other groups. His responsibilities will include promoting an understanding of the cultures and psychological well-being of ethnic minority populations, monitoring and assessing institutional barriers to equal access to psychological services, and ensuring equitable ethnic/racial representation in the profession of psychology.

Dr. Deborah Paredez was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and was appointed Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies for the 2009-2010 year.  Her book, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory was published by Duke University Press in August.  In April, she gave birth to a daughter, Zaya Alegría Paredez Guridy

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