Dillard faculty members Drs. Dorian Williams and Eartha Johnson '80 set to speak at University Honors Convocation
Dillard students prepare for the 2019 Honors Convocation. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2021
Contact: Lauren R.D. Fox, email@example.com
NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University will celebrate the achievements of students who have earned Dean’s List status on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, and Thursday, March 25, 2021, respectively, with Honors Convocation. The ceremonies will commence at 11:00 a.m in Lawless Chapel. It will also stream on Dillard Live. This year calls for two separate ceremonies due to the University adhering to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines set by the City of New Orleans. Honors Convocation is an annual event that highlights the academic excellence of Dillard students.
To help frame the mission and principles of Dillard University, Dr. Dorian Williams,
interim dean of the College of Business and Dr. Eartha Johnson ‘80, dean of Faculty and Student Academic Services will be speaking at Honors Convocation. Williams will speak at the Tuesday ceremony
and Johnson, the Thursday ceremony. Williams is a Brookhaven, Mississippi native with
a strong belief in the value of educating the next generation of global business leaders,
especially those from HBCUs. He has served in higher education for the last five years
as a professor and administrator. His research is based on labor economics and issues
in the higher education industry with a strategic focus on African-Americans and minority
groups. His research stream includes numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
Williams is a member of several organizations such as the American Economic Association
and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, where he serves as second
vice president. In this capacity, he is responsible for the continued promotion of
scholarly research in areas that affect minorities. Williams also encourages participation
among students and professionals within the areas of social and behavioral science.
Dr. Eartha Johnson, Ed.D, is a New Orleans native and Dillard alumna. She has previously served as Dillard’s interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Johnson is a tenured associate professor of psychology, co-director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Technology (CTLAT) and the NYU-FRN Faculty Research Network Liaison. Her areas of expertise and research include violence against women, men and youth, acculturation of Jamaican immigrants, student retention and faculty development. While at Dillard, Dr. Johnson has served as assistant dean arts and sciences, director of academic testing, director of University counseling, University counselor, director of the Freshman Program and coordinator of student retention. Johnson was awarded the inaugural Exemplary Leadership Award in Excellence while serving as Faculty Senate/General Assembly president at Dillard. The honor recognized her performance and endeavors to promote the overall mission of the institution. She has received many other awards and accolades throughout her career and was honored to receive her 30-year recognition as a Dillard employee in 2019. Johnson has recently been nominated by President Walter Kimbrough to be a peer evaluator with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Johnson is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. and she spearheads the Take Back the Night Advisory Council at Dillard. She is the vice president of the board for the Friends of King School District and vice president of the Board Louisiana Association for Curriculum and Development. Johnson has done further research at Harvard University with the Mind, Brain and Education Institute and is Salzburg Fellow where her research emphasis centered on internationalizing curricula that embraces the multicultural climate in university systems.
For more information about Dillard University’s Honors Convocation ceremonies, please contact Lauren R.D. Fox, Communications Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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