Dr. Corey Walker Named Dean of the WSSU College of Arts and Sciences

June 24, 2013

Dr. Corey WalkerDr. Corey D. B. Walker, associate professor and chair of the department of Africana studies at Brown University, has been named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) effective July 1, 2013.

As dean, Dr. Walker will be the academic and administrative leader for the College's more than 200 full-time and part-time faculty members in 13 departments that enroll more than 3,300 students in courses each year.   Walker will become the John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Social Sciences and tenured professor in the department of social sciences.  He will report to Dr. Brenda Allen, WSSU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

"We are delighted that Dr. Walker will be joining the university and bringing to us an outstanding record of scholarship, academic leadership and a dynamic vision for the liberal arts and sciences," said Allen.  "His approach to education certainly meshes with the curriculum reform efforts that we have instigated at WSSU which have had a considerable impact on the College of Arts and Sciences.

"The College of Arts and Sciences not only provides a significant number of our students with a liberal arts education essential for the 21st century, but also provides core foundational courses for all of the university's undergraduate and graduate programs," Allen added.  "Additionally, the College contributes to the area's economic development through innovative faculty research, distinctive degree programs such as the program in biotechnology, and supporting broader community development by integrating community service within more student learning opportunities."

"I am truly honored at the opportunity to join the outstanding academic community at Winston-Salem State University," said Walker.  "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the university in advancing the research, teaching and service mission of this historic institution which has a rich tradition and deep commitment to innovation, creativity and service to society."

A scholar of African American social, political and religious thought, Walker joined the faculty at Brown University in 2006 where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the departments of American studies and religious studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies.  A tenured associate professor of Africana studies since 2009, he was named chair of the department of Africana studies in 2011.  During 2010-2012, Walker was a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Prior to Brown University, he was an assistant professor of religious studies and African and African American studies at the University of Virginia where he was also director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge funded by a major grant from the Ford Foundation.  Walker has served as a visiting professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena in Germany.  

Walker earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Norfolk State University, master's degrees from Virginia Union University and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in American studies from The College of William and Mary.

Walker is the author of "A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America," has completed another book manuscript entitled "Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America" and has begun work on a new book project examining African American intellectuals in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century.  He co-directed and co-produced the documentary film fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson and served as Book Review Editor and as an Associate Editor of "The Journal of the American Academy of Religion," the top academic journal for the study of religion.

Active in the community, Walker served on the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University and recently served on the Boards of Directors for the Brown-Fox Point Early Childhood Learning Center, Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association and the Rhode Island Black Business Association.  He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and Prince Hall Freemasons.

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