The Office of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce the selection of the inaugural Provost’s Visiting Scholars. This program brings to Georgia State University promising and leading faculty from underrepresented minority groups for short-term visits. This program serves a two-fold purpose: these visiting scholars will enrich the intellectual life of the campus at the department level and above, and they will be positioned to communicate Georgia State University’s strengths to potential future faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In this way, the program will enhance ongoing faculty recruitment efforts.
Following a review of proposals from Georgia State University departments, the first four Provost’s Visiting Scholars are:
Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa
The School of Public Health has invited Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa to Georgia State University as a Provost’s Visiting Scholar in February 2018. Dr. Airhihenbuwa is one of the nation’s preeminent public health scholars and former Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. A distinguished senior global public health scholar and educator, Dr. Airhihenbuwa received his PhD in Public Health Education and his MPH and other academic training from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
As a Provost’s Visiting Scholar, Dr. Airhihenbuwa will deliver lectures on culture, leadership, and social justice to foster a greater understanding of the role of public health within an increasingly diverse and changing American society. He will also lead and facilitate meetings focused on developing junior faculty and cultivating a deeper understanding of underrepresented graduate and undergraduate student attitudes, perceptions, and engagement. During his week on campus, Dr. Airhihenbuwa will participate in focused one-on-one and small group meetings with faculty, students, and other schools and offices to share valuable insights and potential strategies for minority faculty recruitment and retention for both the School of Public Health and Georgia State University.
Dr. Maryemma Graham
The Department of English has invited Dr. Maryemma Graham, University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, to Georgia State University as a Provost’s Visiting Scholar in Spring 2018. Dr. Graham is the world’s leading scholar of Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, a poet, novelist, and scholar. Dr. Graham taught at the University of Mississippi, Harvard, and Northeastern University prior to working at the University of Kansas. She has been a Visiting Scholar from 2014 to 2017 at two universities in China, and has held four significant research fellowships at universities in Germany, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Dr. Graham has been the founder/director of three important initiatives at the University of Kansas: Project on the History of Black Writing, the Langston Hughes National Poetry Project, and Language Matters National Teaching Initiative. Dr. Graham has received more than 7 National Endowment for the Humanities grants totaling more than $800,000.
As a Provost’s Visiting Scholar, Dr. Graham will teach undergraduate and graduate students in Southern Literature and African American literature and consult with faculty and students regarding archival research, digital humanities, and grant writing. Coinciding with her visit, an Honors Section of Southern Literature focusing on the life and writings of Margaret Walker will be offered. She will also give a public lecture open to the university and hold a book signing.
Dr. Samuel Myers
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology has invited Dr. Samuel L. Myers, Jr. to Georgia State University with the support of the Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program. Dr. Myers is Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and is a distinguished scholar on issues of race and class. A labor economist who applies neoclassical economic tools to issues of inequality and disparity, Myers has published on statistical methods for detecting discrimination in sentencing, housing and credit markets, and foster care. He has used economic models to examine the issue of recruitment and retention of minority faculty, black‐white income inequality, racial differentials in crime rates, and black family structure.
As a Provost’s Visiting Scholar, Dr. Myers will present his research on what works in recruiting minority faculty, discuss how Georgia State University faculty can connect with minority graduate students and post‐doctoral students, and meet with young minority scholars at Georgia State about academic careers. Dr. Myers will deliver a lecture to an undergraduate DCJC class on racial disparities in sentencing and hold a graduate methodology seminar on methods for detecting discrimination in justice and housing outcomes. Undergraduate and graduate minority students from across the university will be invited to meet with Dr. Myers to discuss the challenges facing and opportunities for minorities in undertaking an academic career. Faculty from departments in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and research centers with common interests will have opportunities to meet with Dr. Myers one‐on‐one or in small groups to discuss mutual research interests. His visit will include a university‐wide seminar on minority faculty recruitment for current and prospective members of faculty search committees.
Dr. Ojmarrh Mitchell
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology has invited Dr. Ojmarrh Mitchell to Georgia State University with the support of the Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program. Dr. Mitchell is one of the most outstanding young African American criminologists in the nation. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida and a member of the United States Attorney General’s Science Advisory Board. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland. Through numerous peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Mitchell has examined issues related to race and drug crime, drug crime more generally, and the effectiveness of various correctional programs and policies in reducing recidivism. Dr. Mitchell received a prestigious W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice in 2011 for his study on race and drug arrests.
Dr. Mitchell’s visit will include a guest lecture in an undergraduate course and meetings with department faculty and graduate students to discuss opportunities for collaborative projects. He will meet with other select faculty from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and members of the Urban Studies Institute. Dr. Mitchell will give a lecture open to the University entitled “Racial Disparities in Drug Sanctions and Their Effects: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Consequences.”
Proposals for the Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program are considered on a rolling basis. We encourage departments to submit applications for the remainder of this academic year or the following academic year. For details of the proposal process, please see the RFP for the Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program.