Dr. Terry Kershaw was Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati (2009-2015), recruited from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to develop a M.A. and Ph.D. program in Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He has also served as: Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1999-2008), Associate Professor of African and African American Studies; Director, Off-Campus Study Programs Cape Verde, West Africa and Cross-Cultural Field Program in the Southern United States at Antioch College (1997-1999), Associate Professor of African American Studies; Coordinator of Departmental Assistantships at Temple University (1993-1997), Associate Professor (1991-1993); Assistant Professor (1985-1991), Sociology, The College of Wooster (1985-1993), Instructor of Sociology (1980-83); chair of the Social Science Division (1982-1983) at Whitworth College, director of Multicultural Affairs (1983-1985) at Whitworth College (1980-May 1985).
He held a Ph.D. (1985) in Sociology from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington with an emphasis in demography, human ecology, environmental sociology and social organization, a M.A. (1978) in Black Studies from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio with an emphasis in history, economic development and community organization, and a B.A. (1976) in Sociology and Black Studies from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Dr. Kershaw was a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Africana Studies, Africana Studies Review, Journal of Race and Policy, a co-editor (1994-1997) of the Journal of Black Studies, editorial advisor of the Wooster Review (1987-1989), assistant editor of the Western Journal of Black Studies (1979-1980), reviewer for Social Forces, the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Race and Policy, and invited to the advisory board of the Journal of Pan African Studies (November 27, 2014). Some of his publications include: “Africana Studies and the Production of Future Scholars” in the Western Journal of Black Studies (vol. 34, No. 2 June, 2010); “Scholarship and the Emerging Scholar-Activist Paradigm in Black Studies” in the International Journal of Africana Studies (vol. 14, No.1 June 2008); “The Dynamics of Race and Class” in the Journal of Race and Politics (vol.1, No.1. 2005); “The Black Studies Paradigm: The Making of Scholar-Activists” in Afrocentricity and Philosophy edited by James Conyers (McFarland and Company Publishers, 2003); “African American National Leadership: A Model for Complimentarily” in the Western Journal of Black Studies (vol.25, No. 4 2001); “Research Methods in Black Studies” in Africana: An Introduction and Study edited by Leonard L. Bethel. Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co., 1999; “Afrocentrism and the Afrocentric Method” in the Western Journal of Black Studies (vol. 16, No. 3 1992); “The Effects of Educational Tracking on the Social Mobility of African Americans,” in the Journal of Black Studies (vol. 23, No. 1, September 1992); “Toward a Black Studies Paradigm: An Assessment and Some Directions” in the Journal of Black Studies (vol. 22, No. 4, June 1992); Great Thinkers of the West: Karl Marx,” in Great Thinkers of the Western World, Ian McGreal (ed.) Harper and Row, September 1992; “The Emerging Paradigm of Black Studies,” in the Western Journal of Black Studies (vol. 13, No. 1 Spring, 1989); and “A Sociological Analysis of the Male-Female Roles in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple,” in Feminism in Practice: Extending Boundaries Kate Loring (ed.) 1987.
His areas of research was on research methods in Africana Studies; race, gender, class and social change; African American leadership, scholar-Activist research methodology, and chaired 15 M.A. and Ph.D. committees and served as a committee member on at least 40 more. He was a panelist for Diversity Dissertation and Post-Doc Fellowships for the Ford Foundation, Faculty Mentor of the Year from Southern Educational Regional Board (March 2008), a recipient of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Graduate School 2005-2006 Outstanding Graduate Student Advisor Award, a recipient of the National Council for Black Studies 2004 Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Africana Studies, the Mini Lilly chair at Marquette University (February 1995), a member of the board of the National Council for Black Studies (a former vice president), visiting professor at Temple University in the Department of African American Studies (1991-1992), a staff member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association General and Multicultural Course Design and Teaching Workshop (1989-2000), a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Summer Institute (Summer 1989), a faculty fellow at Indiana University Department of Sociology (June-August 1987), participated in the Harvest Foundation for the Development of Grassroots Leadership in Martinsville, Henry and Patrick Counties as a principle investigator, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ASPIRES grant for the development of faculty research in diversity areas as a principle investigator.
The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no.9, December 2015