| 04/6/2010 08:22 AM
Dr. Brian Johnson will serve as keynote speaker for Paine College's Honors Day Convocation on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Johnson is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University. He has formerly served as a Chief of Staff, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English (Johnson C. Smith University), founding Director of the Jonathan Jasper Wright Institute for the Study of African American History, Culture and Policy and Associate Professor of English (Claflin University), Director of the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (The University of South Carolina) and Associate Director of Freshman English/Composition (The University of South Carolina).
Johnson is also the editor and author of two books on W.E.B. Du Bois, W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) and (ed) Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and an institutional history at his alma mater, The Yancy Years: the Age of Infrastructure, Technology and Restoration. Moreover, he is an editor of four volumes in American History in the Conflicts in American History series published with Facts on File in 2010: Volume 3: Civil War, Volume 4: Reconstruction, Volume 7: The Long Civil Rights Movement and Volume 8: Towards the Next American Century.
Among several academic awards, he has received a (2008) UNCF/ Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Undergraduate Research Mentor), a (2007) Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award (Claflin University), a (2007) Woodrow Wilson/Career Enhancement Fellowship, an appointment as a (2006-2007) Civic Engagement Scholar, The J. McDonald Williams Institute (Dallas, Texas), a (2005-2007) Lilly Foundation/Center for Christian Studies Fellowship (Gordon College) , a (2004-2005) non-resident fellowship within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African/African American Studies (Harvard University), a (2001) Black Faculty and Staff Association—Excellence in Academics and Service Award—(The University of South Carolina) and an UNCF/Andrew W. Mellon Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Johnson is married to Shemeka Barnes Johnson, and they have two sons, Brian Asa Johnson and Nathan Morgan Qodesh Johnson.
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