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ERIC Number: EJ869095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-10
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Soul Survivor
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n22 p14-16 Dec 2009
It's been 21 years since the nation's first Ph.D. program in African American studies was established at Temple University. One of only 10 university departments in the U.S. that trains doctoral students in Black studies, the Temple program is the top producer of Ph.D. recipients in the field with 160 doctoral graduates. This fall semester, Dr. Amy Glocke, an African American studies Ph.D. graduate in 2008, joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming as a visiting professor to help turn the African American studies program into a department that will grant undergraduate degrees and offer a Black studies minor for graduate students. For his part, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, the African American studies Ph.D. program founder and a leading theorist of Afrocentric theory, expresses pride over the impact the graduate program in African American studies is having in Black studies. He estimates as many as 25 Ph.D. recipients from the Temple program head Black studies departments at their respective institutions. This school year, the department, after a prolonged two-year search, added Dr. Heather Thompson, a historian who also has an appointment in the history department. The joint appointment is said to be a first for the African American studies department, which, since Asante's time, wanted its faculty committed only to the Black studies discipline in terms of academic appointments. Despite a divide still looming over matters such as faculty searches and hiring, the department has maintained solid enrollments in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Pennsylvania