Duke University Professor to Serve as Convocation Speaker
Fayetteville State University (FSU) will kick off the 147th academic year with Fall Convocation. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Karla F.C. Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Law School, Women’s Studies and African & African American Studies.
Holloway’s research and teaching interests focus on African American cultural studies, biocultural studies, gender, ethics and law. Professor Holloway serves on the boards of the Greenwall Foundation’s Advisory Board in Bioethics, the Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and the Princeton University Council on the Study of Women and Gender. She is an affiliated faculty with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She has served as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair (and member) of Duke’s Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and as an elected member of the Academic Council and its Executive Council. She is founding co-director of the John Hope Franklin Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Holloway is the author of eight books, including Passed On: African-American Mourning Stories (2002) and Book Marks – Reading in Black and White, A Memoir (2006) completed during a residency in Bellagio, Italy as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.
Holloway was recently elected to the Hastings Center Fellows Association – a selective group of leading researchers who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of bioethics. She currently serves as a member of Duke University’s Board of Trustee’s Committee on Honorary Degrees.
Presiding over Fall Convocation will be Chancellor James. A. Anderson. Chancellor Anderson was named the 11th Chief Executive Officer of FSU on March 7, 2008. He comes to FSU from the University of Albany in New York where he served as the Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He also was a professor in the department of psychology.
Raised in Washington, D.C, Anderson majored in psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1970. He later earned a doctoral degree in the field (1980) from Cornell University in New York. Early in his career, Chancellor Anderson chaired the Department of Psychology at Xavier University in New Orleans (1976-1983) before joining the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a professor of psychology.
In 1992, he began an 11-year tenure as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at North Carolina State University. In that role, he was credited with leading a revision of the general education curriculum, as well as the development of the First Year College, the Honors Programs, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Minority Engineering Program, and the North Carolina State Diversity Initiative, among others.
In 2003, Anderson was recruited to Texas A&M University, a major land-grant institution serving more than 46,000 students, as Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He held that post until joining the University of Albany in 2005.
Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of nearly 6,000 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 900.
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