Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Where Are They Now?

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Where Are They Now?

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A look back at 18 academic standouts featured in Diverses previous Emerging Scholars editions.

1. Dr. M. Brian Blake

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Dean of the Graduate School

University of Miami

Class of 2007

M. Brian Blake is vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami, and the primary research advocate on the Coral Gables campus. A computer scientist and software engineer, Blake has held faculty and administrative posts at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University. His research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for Web-based systems. Blake earned his Ph.D. in information and software engineering from George Mason University in 2000.

2. Dr. Mitchell Chang

Professor, Higher Education and Organizational Change

University of California, Los Angeles

Class of 2006

Mitchell J. Chang is professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives on college campuses. Chang is the author of more than 80 publications and has served on the editorial board for several journals, including The Review of Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Liberal Education. Chang was elected in 2010 to the Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

3. Dr. Sean Decatur


Kenyon College

Class of 2007

Sean M. Decatur became president of Kenyon College in July 2013 after serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College. As an assistant professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College, he helped establish a top research program in biophysical chemistry. Decatur has been a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and won research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and several private foundations.

4. Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick

Interim President

Howard University

Class of 2011

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is the interim president of Howard University. Previously, he was provost and chief academic officer, overseeing the university's 13 schools and health sciences enterprise. A surgeon who earned three degrees from Howard, Frederick is a respected researcher who has focused on health disparities, with a particular emphasis on cancer outcomes among African-Americans and other underrepresented groups. Frederick was named a "Super Doctor" by The Washington Post and Usted on Ebony Magazines Power 100 in 2010.

5. Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud

Dean, School of Business and Industry

Florida A&M University

Class of 2003

Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud is dean of the School of Business and Industry at

Florida A&M University. Her research interests include diversity, mentoring and intergroup relations. Friday-Stroud has more than 20 years of consulting experience in strategic planning, leadership training and diversity course development. She has done consulting for General Miüs, Eli Lilly and Company, Ford Motor Company, New Orleans Parish School District and many others. Friday-Stroud has been recognized several times in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

6. Dr. Juan Gilbert

Presidential Endowed Professor

Chair, Division of Human-Centered Computing

Clemson University

Class of 2002

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is a professor and chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University. He was named one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology by eAccess Corp. Gilbert wants to combat the notion that STEM careers are boring and not suited for African-Americans. Gilbert and his team are working to develop an electronic voting system that offers people the ability to vote independently and privately using touch or voice recognition technology. …

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