Jacob U. Gordon

Professor Emeritus of African and African-American Studies
Research Fellow of the Institute of Life Span Studies
Executive Director of the Center for Multicultural Leadership
Primary office:
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Jacob U. Gordon, a graduate of Bethune-Cookman College, Howard and Michigan State Universities, and Union Theological Seminary, is a professor emeritus of African and African-American Studies, a research fellow of the Institute of Life Span Studies, and the executive director of the Center for Multicultural Leadership. His areas of specialty are civil rights and black leadership, and has also taught Introduction to African History, The Black Experience in the Americas, and Introduction to Africa. He has had teaching experiences at Albany State University and Rust College. Dr. Gordon is the author, editor or co-editor of many books such as The African Presence in America; Black Leadership for Social Change; The African-American Male in American Life and Thought; The African-American Male: An Annotated Bibliography; A Search for Equal Justice by African American Lawyers; A Systems Change Approach to Substance Abuse Prevention; The African-American Male: His Present Status and His Future; African Leadership in the 20th Century; The Black Male in White America; Narratives of African Americas in Kansas, 1870-1992: Beyond the Exodus Movement and Managing Multiculturalism in Substance Abuse Services, among others. He is currently editing a book manuscript on African Studies in the 21st Century.

Dr. Gordon is the recipient of numerous grants from the US Department of Education, the Kansas Council for the Humanities, National Archives, Kansas Department of Education, Social and Rehabilitation Services, Florence and John Schumann Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Village Foundation, and FIPSE, among others. The founding chair of the Department, Dr. Gordon is the recipient of many service awards such as Gov. Mike Haydens Award for Outstanding Service in Substance Abuse Prevention, KU Black Faculty and Staff Leadership/Service Award, the Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the People of Kansas, the University of Kansas Service Award, Kansas African-American Affairs Commission's Outstanding Leadership Award, and the Kansas Black Legislative Caucus' Certificate of Appreciation, among others. Dr. Gordon is a member of the African Studies Association, Mid-America Alliance for African Studies, National Council of African-American Men, Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, American Historical Society and Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars).

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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.

Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).

African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

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Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.

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