Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Walking 'The Way of the New World:'1 an Interview with Nathaniel Norment, Jr., Ph.D

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Walking 'The Way of the New World:'1 an Interview with Nathaniel Norment, Jr., Ph.D

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Dr. Nathaniel Norment, Jr. ( was the chair of the African American Studies Department at Temple University for 11 years before retiring in 2012. He has published several groundbreaking articles and texts including The African American Studies Reader, The Addison Gayle, Jr. Reader, and his upcoming Black Studies textbook, African American Studies: The Discipline and Its Dimensions. Dr. Norment, Jr. sat on countless master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committees in the discipline of African American Studies demonstrating his priority to train the next generation of Black Studies scholars academically, professionally, and pedagogically. He has over 40 years of experience teaching Black students not only in higher education, but in grades K-12. Currently, he is teaching Advanced Composition and Major African American Writers in the English Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

AG: Aimee Glocke

JJ: Jessica James

NN: Nathaniel Norment, Jr

AG/JJ: Please describe your academic background. What discipline or disciplines are you formally trained in, and where/when were you trained?

NN: I earned my B.S. in English and history at Ball State University (1965), a M.S. in Secondary Education (English) and Curriculum at Saint Francis University-Indiana (1969), and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in Curriculum Theory/Design, Applied Linguistics (TESOL) and Rhetoric and Composition at Fordham University (1984). I have a New York State permanent certification for English 7-12 and a New York State permanent certification as a School District Administrator and Superintendent.

AG/JJ: How long have you been teaching in Black Studies? What courses have you taught? Have you ever taught in a discipline outside of Black Studies?

NN: I taught my first class in African American Studies at Temple University in 1992. Throughout my tenure as a faculty member at Temple University (1989-2012), I taught a variety of courses: Undergraduate Courses -AAS-1296: Introduction to African American Studies, AAS-1268: African American History since 1900, AAS-2248: Public Policy and the Black Community, AAS-2142: The African American Novel, AAS-2151: Blacks in Cinema, AAS-2934: Literature of American Slavery, and AAS-4248: Dimensions of Racism; Graduate Courses -AAS-8001: Graduate Prose Seminar, AAS- 8006: African American Literature, AAS-8432: African American Family, AAS-9462: African American Literature, AAS-9662: The African American Novel Seminar, and AAS-9001: Teaching African American Studies. I began teaching in the English Department at The City College of New York in 1969. I taught Basic Writing, Composition, ESL, and Black Literature (i.e. novel, poetry, short story).

AG/JJ: What made you choose to dedicate your personal life and your academic career to Black Studies?

NN: Interest in learning and teaching about the extensive contributions of African people to world civilization; the contributions of Blacks to the making of the United States; and the intellectual and artistic contributions Blacks have made to ALL the bodies of knowledge [literature, history, art, education, music, dance, anthropology, religion, political science, economics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, science and technology, film and sports].

AG/JJ: How has the climate changed for African American students on predominantly white campuses over the past several decades?

NN: Incidents of discrimination and racism still occur on many campuses. A majority of them are never made public. It all depends on the region of the country where the college or university is located, the political and social environment, and the percentage of Black students. Black students are still harassed, mocked, and threatened by white students and by white fraternities and sororities.

AG/JJ: You've taught at both Predominantly White Institutions (PWI's) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). …

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