Bell Fellows in the News

Tamara Butler, Ph.D. (2013-2014) recently received the Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award creates career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects. The program provides Fellows with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $30,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a late summer professional development retreat. The full announcement can be found here.

Marjorie Shavers, PhD (2009-10) received Heidelberg University's 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholarship/Research Award. This is awarded to one faculty member that has been selected by his or her colleagues for outstanding research, scholarship, or other creative accomplishments.

Kirsten Smith (2015-16) had a proposal accepted for the National Association of Gifted Children'S (NAGC) National Convention in Charlotte, NC in November. She will be presenting “The Silent Voices of African American Males.”

Natasha Woods, PhD (2013-14) received the 2017 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her host institution will be Virginia Commonwealth University, and she will work on her research project entitled, "The effect of seed vectors on maritime forest recovery on coastal barrier islands."

James Moore III, PhD is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship, on behalf of the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education (MME) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This award is given annually to one scholar/practitioner based upon the following criteria: a) illustrating effort in producing scholarship which advances multicultural and multiethnic education (broadly defined), within all educational, cultural, societal and social settings, contexts, levels and locations; and b) a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities beyond scholarship with evidence of improving the practical conditions experienced by multicultural/multiethnic communities. Moore is also the recipient of the Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award. It is presented to a scholar in midcareer who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom 10 or more years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.

Tiffany Halsell (2013-2014) successfully defended her dissertation “High Impact Practices: A mixed methods study of engagement among Black undergraduate women.” She will receive her doctorate in education (educational policy and leadership) at spring commencement on May 7, 2017. Welcome to the club Dr. Halsell!

Eleshia Morrison, PhD, LP (2011-2012), was recognized by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights as a Future History Maker. The commendation honors “emerging leaders from the Twin Cities African American community who work toward advancing civil rights and removing barriers to equity.” Dr. Morrison was recognized for her work toward finding ways to improve health equity. For more, read the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights’ website.

Christopher Travers (2015-2016) presented “Research Teams and Socialization: Narratives from Doctoral Students of Color” at the 2017 American College Personnel Association Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, March 28. He was also a participant in the “Higher Education in Brazil” study abroad program.

Vincent Briley (2009-2010) was awarded second-place for 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection (faculty/staff) Competition at Case Western Reserve University; selected for 2017 Greater Cleveland Partnership GCP LEAD Cohort 2; and is presenting at the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference and the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention next month.

Christopher Torres (2014-2015) successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Physical and Sedentary Activity Awareness and Habit Strength of Puerto Rican Adolescents.” He will receive his doctorate in exercise science at spring commencement on May 7, 2017. Welcome to the club Dr. Torres!

Halima Alhassan (2016-2017) presented "Emotional Disturbance vs Social Maladjustment: Implications for African American Students" at the 2017 National Association of School Psychologists National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Christopher Travers (2015-2016) co-presented “Narratives of Black Undergraduate Men: Manhood, Masculinities, and the First-Year Experience” at the 2017 Focusing on the First-Year Experience Conference at The Ohio State University. He also passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exams last week. Travers is now ABD and hopes to have his dissertation completed by next academic year.

Marjorie Shavers, PhD (2009-2010) submitted a collaborated proposal with Dr. Sharnia Artis at University of California, Irvine to the National Science Foundation: Broadening Participation in Engineering Program. They were awarded a grant of $400,000 for their proposal, “The Niela Project: A Qualitative of the Experiences of Black Women in Pursuit of Doctorate and Postdoctorate in Engineering and Computer Science.” This is a four-year grant.