THE BELL FELLOWS
2009 – 2010 COHORT
ROBERT A. BENNETT III, PHD
• Co-authored two book chapters “Historical Overview
of the Evaluation of HBCUs and Their Athletic
Conference Affiliation” and “The Journey of the
African American Athlete on the HBCU Playing
Field” with Drs. Samuel R. Hodge and Frankie G.
Collins in Racism in College Athletics, 3 rd Edition.
• Published a book review for Salamishah Tillet’s Sites
of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-
Civil Rights Imagination in Spectrum: A Journal on Black
• Serves as the Special Assistant to the Associate
Provost in the Office of Diversity of Inclusion at The
Ohio State University. He is also a Program Specialist
with the Office of International Affairs.
VINCENT L. BRILEY
• Awarded J. William Fulbright grant for 2012 Fulbright
Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International
Education Fall 2012, Germany and France.
• Selected to participate in the inaugural "Teaching Poverty
101 workshop" at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Institute for Research on Poverty June 2-6, 2013.
• Selected for the 2013 Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History Teacher Seminar "Civil Rights and the
Road to Brown" July 21–27, 2013 at the University of
• Presented at the Iowa Community College Online
Consortium Spring Conference West Des Moines, IA
March 2013 and the Iowa Academic Advising Network
4th Annual Conference Ankeny, IA March 2013.
NYRON N. CRAWFORD
• Served as President of the Black Graduate &
Professional Student Caucus (BGPSC) for 2012-
• PhD candidate in Political Science working on his
dissertation Bound Together: Racial Bias in Political
• Recipient of Marguerite Ross Barnett Endowment
Fund, Centennial Center for Political Science and
Public Affairs, Political Science Association
• Recipient of Alumni Grant for Graduate Research
and Scholarship (AGGRS), Graduate School, The
Ohio State University ($2000).
• Recipient of Larry Williamson, Jr. Service Award,
Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus,
The Ohio State University.
• Participant in Preparing Future Faculty (PFF),
Graduate School, The Ohio State University.
PATRICIA F. R. CUNNINGHAM II, PHD
• Serves as the Director of Social
Change with the Office of Student
• Gave presentations at the National
Conference on Outreach and
Engagement and Appalachian
Studies Association Conference
• Received a Governor's Office on
Appalachia Federal Grant for the
Appalachian Project, Ohio.
• Founder of BuckeyeREACH and
Eastside Buckeyes Initiative (ESBI).
DELEON GRAY, PHD
• Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology
at North Carolina State University.
• Recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation
Award in Human Development, American
Educational Research Association
• Recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation
Award in Educational Psychology and
Philosophy, The Ohio State University
• Selected as Program Co-Chair for the
American Psychological Association 2104
Convention (Educational Psychology
• Received funding from the NC State Office of
Research, Innovation, and Economic
Development for Differences in Adolescents' Heart
Rate Variability as a Function of Unfulfilled
Desires to Stand Out and Fit In at High School
($7,920 for one year).
JONATHAN HALL, PHD
• A Post-doctoral fellow in West Virginia
University’s Prof Doc Program with a dual
appointment in Geology and Geography and
• His research interests involve collaboration with
other departments including Forestry and Natural
• Hall’s research focuses on human impacts on
species abundance and persistence, particularly
how local communities impact endangered and
threatened species. His dissertation research
focused on the impact the Bishnoi people of
Rajasthan, India had on Indian vultures (Gyps
indicus), blackbuck antelope (Antilope cervicapra),
and the Khejeri tree (Prosopis cineraria). The Bishnoi
practice a unique "conservation centric" religion
that is positively associated with the presence of
key taxa in rural Rajasthan.
JAMIE MITCHELL, PHD
• Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at
Wayne State University, and a faculty member of
the Population Studies and Disparities Research
Program within Karmanos Cancer Institute as well
as an active collaborator with the Minority Men’s
Health Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
• She has publications in the Journal of Teaching in
Social Work and the Journal of Men’s Health and
others in press with Social Work in Public Health,
Journal of Men’s Studies, and Journal of the National
• Conducted presentations at The American Men’s
Studies Association Annual Conference, Resource
Centers for Minority Aging Research Annual
Meeting, and Society for Social Work and Research
RONALD L. PARKER
• PhD candidate in Educational Technology with a
proposed dissertation title, “Performing Self
Through Social Media: How African American
Males (Re)Construct their Identity, their Self-
Presentation, and their Anchored Relationships on
• Taught a class at OSU called “Media and
Technology in Education.”
• Received the “Cultural Icon Award” at the Pre-
MARJORIE SHAVERS, PHD
• Assistant Professor in Foundational and
Graduate Studies in Education at Morehead
• Studies how educational professionals and
administrators can influence the experiences and
overall well-being of students of color
(particularly African American females) when
pursuing postsecondary educational
DESIREE VEGA, PHD
• Received her B.A. in Psychology at Binghamton
University. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in
School Psychology at The Ohio State University.
• This past academic calendar, she was in her third
year as a School Psychologist for the Omaha
Public Schools district in Omaha, Nebraska.
During this time, she completed her postdoctoral
supervision hours and obtained her credentials as
a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist in the state
• Also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
• Recently accepted a position as a tenure-track
Assistant Professor in the School Psychology
program at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Dr. Vega will begin her appointment this fall.
2010 – 2011 COHORT
• PhD candidate Educational Psychology
and Philosophy program within the
School of Educational Policy and
• Research interests include; academic
motivation, racial-ethnic identity,
subculture development, contextual and
sociological factors in education, social
psychology of schools and
parental/community involvement in
• Serves as the Editorial Assistant for
Theory Into Practice.
• Received her Bachelor’s degree from
DePaul University in in 2005 and is a
• Defended his dissertation in Clinical
Psychology. The Doctor of Philosophy
will be conferred August 2013.
• Board member of the Society for
Psychophysiological Research (SPR).
• Completed an internship with the
Department of Psychiatry at the Duke
University School of Medicine,
• Book Chapters in Counseling around the World: An
international handbook and Young, Triumphant, and
• Received $1,500 for Association of Counselor
Education and Supervision Research Grant
• Presented at the Ohio Association of Counselor
Education and Supervision (Columbus, OH), and
North Central Association for Counselor
Education and Supervision (Kansas City, MO).
• Accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor
position for Fall 2014 at Ball State University.
2011 – 2012 COHORT
CORY T. BROWN, PHD
• Assistant Professor in Early Childhood
and Elementary Education within the
College of Education at Murray State
KWAME CHRISTIAN, JD, MA
• Served as President of the Black Law
Student Association (BLSA) for 2012-
• Won the Moritz Negotiation
Competition Championship in2011 and
• Earned his JD from the Moritz College
of Law and MA in Public Policy and
Management from the John Glenn
School in Spring 2013.
• In the Fall of 2013, he will begin a
position as a Legal Policy Analyst with
the Kirwan Institute for the Study of
Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State
• Served as President of the Student National Medical Association
(SNMA). Nominated as local chapter president of the year out of
three nominees and twelve local chapter presidents in region.
• Organized a lecture series on the importance of higher education
and cardiovascular health for sixth grade students at the
Columbus Collegiate Academy; OSUCOM’s chapter was
nationally recognized at the American Medical Education
Conference in April 2013 and ranked number 1 for community
• In April 2013, appointed National Chair of Health Policy and
Legislative Action Committee and member of the Board of
Directors of SNMA. He is the first student from OSU to be
appointed in a national position.
• Case report, Annuloaortic Ectasia in a patient with Congenital Absence
of the left Pericardium, was accepted for publication in the Annals of
Thoracic Surgery, a peer-reviewed medical journal and official
publication of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern
Thoracic Surgical Association.
• Director of the Office of Institutional
Effectiveness, Research and Planning at
• Paper/presentation acceptance to the 2013
National Association of African American
Studies conference, Baton Rouge, LA
• Received travel/training grant -- Association
of Institutional Research/UNCF Integrated
Postsecondary Education Data System
Training, Atlanta GA
• Plans to defend her dissertation summer 2013.
KEISHA HUNLEY-JENKINS, JD, PHD
• External Affairs Director for Mayor Michael
B. Coleman’s Office
• Licensed attorney in the State of Ohio, holds
an MA in Educational Policy & Leadership,
and has worked as a policy analyst at
• Her research explores the cyber bullying
phenomenon from the perspective of urban
principals serving school districts with high
concentrations of students who are
economically disadvantaged and of minority
racial/ethnic backgrounds. She also identifies
the policies and practices that principals find
effective and ineffective in reducing cyber
bullying and its negative effect on student
learning in the school setting.
EDWIN W. LEE II
• Served as Vice President of the Black Graduate
& Professional Student Caucus (BGPSC) for the
2012-13 academic year and will serve as
President of the organization for 2013-14.
• Presented his research and delivered an oral
session at Louisiana State University’s
Undergraduate Research Conference.
• Won 4 th place at the Georgia Tech Graduate
Technical Symposium poster competition.
Preparing a transcript for a paper to be
submitted to Applied Physics Letters, a research
journal that focuses on applied physics.
• Chaired the permanent section of the African American
Literature panel at the Midwest Modern Language
• Presented at the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.
(MELUS) Conference and served as a guest lecturer
discussing fraternal bonds and feminists.
• Nominated for the GATA award.
• Served as president for the English Department's U.S. Ethnic
and Post-Colonial organization (USEP).
• His first publication "I Felt Like I was Part of the Troop': The
Role of Community in Contemporary Black Women's
Satire" will come out in the fall as a chapter in the edited
collection Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical
• He will participate in the Futures of American Studies
Institute at Dartmouth College during the summer of 2013.
ELESHIA J.P. MORRISON, PHD
• Currently on a clinical psychology
internship in Chicago which runs until the
end of June.
• Recently defended her dissertation,
Psychological Distress and Symptom Burden:
Vulnerabilities in Chronic Lymphocytic
Leukemia Patients. It was conferred May 5,
• Accepted a health psychology post doc
fellowship in oncology at the Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, MN and will be starting the
position at the end of July.
2012 – 2013 COHORT
T.M. AYODELE ADESANYA
• Selected as a 2013-2014 Fellow for The
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. For the year,
his project will be based at Champion
Middle School, developing a longitudinal
mentorship program started up last fall
("Doctors in Science") for a select group of
students interested in science, medicine,
• One of three students selected nationally to
be awarded the Association for Academic
Surgery's (AAS) Student Travel Grant to
attend the 8th Annual Academic Surgical
Congress (ASC) held February 5-7, 2013 in
New Orleans, Louisiana. The AAS is an
organization which champions the efforts
• Accepted into the Cultivating New Voices Among
Scholars of Color Fellows program (2-year program
sponsored by National Council of Teachers of
• Organized and participated in "It's a Different World:
Conversations with Historically Black College and
University Alum" for Linden McKinley High School's
College and Career Readiness Program (April 2013)
• Served as a guest speaker for AVID students at
Buckeye Middle School (March 2013)
• Presented at four conferences: College of Education
and Human Ecology Graduate Student Research
Forum (Columbus, Ohio--October 2012); National
Council of Teachers of English (Las Vegas, Nevada--
November 2012); National Council of Teachers of
English for Assembly of Research (Columbus, Ohio--
February 2013); American Educational Research
Association (San Francisco, CA--April 2013)
• Co-wrote two grants with Allison Prasad and was awarded
the College Board CollegeKey and Mathematical
Association of America: Tensor-SUMMA grant for the
Young Scholars Program.
• Awarded the 2013 College Board CollegeKey Compact
• ODI Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient.
• Received the Larry M. Lewellen Award for Distinguished
Service given by the Council of Graduate Students.
• Served as President of Colorful Women of the Academy, a
graduate student organization.
LEROY L. LONG III
• First-Place – Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 ASEE
North Central Section Conference for their paper “How
Engagement with Faculty and Peers Affects
Value Development in Undergraduate Engineering
Education: A National Survey Analysis.”
• EHE Scholarship from the Ague/Haushalter Scholarship
Fund for the 2013-14 academic school year.
• Published “Walking, running, and resting under time,
distance, and average speed constraints: Optimality of
walk-run-rest mixtures” in the Journal of the Royal Society
• Presented at the 2013 American Society of Engineering
Education (ASEE) North Central Section Conference.
Columbus, OH, April 2013, the American College
Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention, Las
• Graduate student representative for the College of Education and
Human Ecology Equity and Diversity Committee.
• Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. Moved to Portland,
Oregon in 1997 where she graduated salutatorian from Thomas
Jefferson High School in 2001.
• In 2005 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with
departmental honors in Ethnic Studies from the University of
Oregon. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
• In 2008, she received her Master of Arts degree from the School of
Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education
and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.
• She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Teaching and
Learning in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The
Ohio State University. Allison is in the process of writing her
dissertation on the academic and social experiences of African
American students at predominately white institutions, and
subsequently, how these experiences affect academic and social
integration. This is also her fourth year being a Graduate
Administrative Assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion,
Young Scholars Program