Advisory Board & Faculty Associates

Center for Africana Studies (CAS) Internal Advisory Board

  • Dr. Monica Swahn, Dean, Wellstar College Health & Human Services
  • Dr. Akanmu Adebayo, Professor of History
  • Dr. Cecile Accilien, Interdisciplinary Studies Department
  • Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Interim Graduate Coordinator, School of Art and Design & Assoc. Prof of Art History
  • Dr. Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, Dean, College of Science & Mathematics
  • Tara McDuffie, Executive Director, Global Education
  • Cynthia Thompson, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Zuckerman Museum
  • President, African American Student Alliance
  • President, African Students Association
  • President, Caribbean Students Association

CAS Faculty Associates

  • Kay Traille, Associate Professor of History
  • Brian Culp, Professor of Health Education & Physical Education
  • Monica Swahn, Professor and Dean, Wellstar College of Health & Human Services
  • Brandon Lundy, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director, School of Conflict Management, Peachbuilding and Development
  • Solomon Negash, Professor of Information Systems
  • Robert Simon, Professor of Foreign Languages
  • Luciane de Oliveira Rocha, Assistant Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies
  • Ikechukwu Ukeje, Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Oumar Cherif Diop, Professor of English & Foreign Languages
  • Seneca Vaught, Associate Professor of History and AADS 

 CAS’s faculty associates work with the Center’s director to:

  • Develop and implement a 5-year strategic plan consistent with KSU’s strategic plan
  • Develop and implement community outreach programs
  • Develop and implement a research agenda
  • Identify specific areas of focus and the expected deliverables
  • Explore opportunities for grant writing to fund research, conference attendance/presentation, professional development, faculty-led study abroad, and other initiatives
  • Design and implement CAS’s vision, mission and action plans
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of annual programs
  • Provide feedback, advice and recommendations on the general operation and programs of the Center.

The director and the associate will work with the associate's department chair, to make sure the faculty member receives necessary recognition and credit for their work with the Center

If you are interested in becoming a CAS faculty associate, please fill out the interest form below. Send completed forms to Nuru Akinyemi at


Faculty Associate Interest Form (pdf)  Faculty Associate Interest Form (docx)