Professional History



Academic Appointments

August 1991-Present:

Professor of Rhetoric, African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies, Bates College

August 1987 – May 1990:

Assistant Professor of Speech Communication, Ithaca College


Theater, Performance, and Documentary

Adaptor and Director, “Of the Coming of John,” Reader’s Theater for W.E.B. Du Bois and The Soul of Black Folk: The First 100 years,” 10-11 October, 2003.

Interviewee, Off the Straight and Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Television.  A Media Education Foundation Documentary (Northampton, MA 1998).

“Bailey” in Cheryl West’s Before It Hits Home.  Directed by Elizabeth Hadley.  Gannett Theater, Bates College, February 1996.

Adaptor and Director.  Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.  Reader’s theater production.  Bates College, May 1992.

Performer.  Showcase of feeling: The Rhetoric of AIDS.  Reader’s theater at annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Ocean City, MD.  May 1989.

Audio Recording for classroom instruction of Black plays from the Negro Wing of the Federal Theater of the 1930s.  Adviser/Director: Dr. Winona L. Fletcher.  Summer 1986.

Adaptor and Director: How I got Ovuh!: Afro-American Folklore in Performance.  Reader’s theater for Introduction to Afro-American Culture class, Indiana University.  October 1985.

Sound Technician for Dashiki Project Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana Fall 1982.

Adaptor and Director.  Keep on Steppin’.  Reader’s theater for Black History Month at Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia.  February 1981.


Academic Service

Bates College

Chair, Martin Luther king Jr. Planning Committee (2010-2014).

Prologue, A Program by bates Admission (November 2012).

Member, Search Committee for the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President (2012-2013).

Member, President’s Day Diversity Task Force (2010-2012).

Presenter, “Academic Life at Bates College,” Prologue. (10 November, 2008).

Financial and Advisory Committee to the President (2006-Current).

Search Committee for The Dean of Students (2004).

Co-Organizer of Makin’Whoopi Symposium (May 2000).

Steering Committee of the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Consortium.

Program in CapeTown, South Africa (1998-2000).

Member of the African American and American Culturual Studies Committee (1991-Current).

Member of the Extracurricular Activities and Residential Life Committee (1998-2001).

Advisor, AMANDLA! (formerly Bates Afro-American Society) (1991-1996).

Advisor, OUTFRONT! (formerly Gay, lesbian, and Bisexual Alliance) (1991-2001).

Member of the College Lecture Series Committee (1995).

Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee (1996,1998, 2006-2008).

HIV/AIDS Awareness Committee (1996).

Member, Committee on Homophobia and Institutional Change (1997-2000).

Organized African Diaspora Film Festival (1998).

Organized Lectures, Exhibits, and Performances for the following:

  • Bryant Keith Alexander, Scholar in Performance Studies
  • Michael Cummings, Quilter and Artist
  • DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter, Filmmakers
  • Shari Frilot, Filmmaker
  • Paula Giddings, Historian
  • Elizabeth A. Hadley, Film Scholar
  • Essex Hemphill, Poet
  • E. Patrick Johnson, Scholar in Performance Studies
  • Wilson Jeremiah Moses, Historian and Literary Critic
  • Nancy D. Kates, Filmmaker (Brother/Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin)
  • Henri E. Norris, CEO New Millennia Films
  • H. Nigel Thomas, Novelist and Literary Critic
  • Kim Marie Vaz, Scholar in Women’s Studies
  • Wendy Sutherland, Professor of German Studies (co-sponsored by Mellon Learning Associates Program in the Humanities)
  • DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller, the Subliminal Kid), Hip Hop Artist and Film Scorer


Ithaca College

Member, Curriculum Committee for the School of Humanities and Sciences (1988-1990).

Member, Vice President of Student Affairs’ Committee on Campus Diversity (1989-1990).

Organized Black History Month Film and Speaker Series (February 1990).


Indiana University

Indiana University Black Knowledge Bowl: Coach (1985-1987).

Afro-American Studies Newsletter: Co-Editor (1985-1986).

Indiana University Black Graduate Council: Recording Secretary (1984-1985).


Professional Organizations

Manuscript Reader

The Howard Journal of Communications

Text and Performance Quarterly

Quarterly Journal of Speech

Editorial Board, Howard Journal of Communications (1994-1998)

Session Organizer, “Minorities in the Reagan-Bush Administrations,” for the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association (November 1990)

Program Chair, Minority Voices Interest Group, Eastern Communication Association (1990-1991)

Program Chair, Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns (1991)

Secretary, The Black Caucus, Speech Communication Association (1986-1988)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

College Language Association

National Communication Association

Langston Hughes Society

Modern Language Association

American Studies Association


Awards & Distinctions

Bates College Travel Grant, Beinecke Library, Yale University.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2005-2006).  Project Title: “Writing a New African Diasporic World: Melvin Dixon, Jose Beamand the Generation of the 1980s.”

Bates College Grant of $20,000 for Symposium, “W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk: The First 100 Years” (2004).

Bates College Travel Grant to attend San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2003).

Bates College Travel Grant to attend the American Black Film Festival in Acapulco, Mexico; and MIX New York Experimental Film Festival (2001-2002).

Phillips Fellowship Travel Grant for Research (Winter 2001).

Bates College Summer Research Grant for Travel to Cuba (2000).

Bates College Summer Research Grant for Travel to CapeTown, South Africa (1999).

Scholar in Residence, 27-28 March, 1996, Western Michigan University.

Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (1993-1994).

Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Centedr for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania (Summer 1991).  Selected to attend the six week seminar, “History, Content and Method in Afro-American Studies.”

Grant from the American College Health Association (jointly with three colleagues) (1989).  Received funding to design, implement, and evaluate a retreat for campus leaders  on racism, sexism, and homophobia in the AIDS crisis.

Ithaca College Research Grant (1988).  Received funding to attend Chautauqua Short Course, “From the Sin of Onan to the Smoke of Auswitch.” State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Graduate Minority Fellowship at Indiana University, Bloomington (1986-1987).

United States Department of Education, Foreign Language, and Area Studies Fellowship (Summers of 1985, 1986, 1987).  Received funding to study the Bambara/Mandinka language of West Africa at Indiana University.

Equal Opportunity Fellowship, Indiana University (Summer 1984).