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Marcellus Barksdale ’65 Named Morehouse Faculty Member of the Year


(Aug 9, 2010) – Marcellus Barksdale ’65, chairman of the Department of African American Studies, has been named the Morehouse College Faculty Member of the Year for 2010-2011.

“He is very engaging, compelling and insightful,” said Anne Watts, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. “Marcellus Barksdale is the consummate master teacher. He’s long been regarded as that.”

Sponsored by Vulcan Materials Company, the award is presented to a faculty member who is deemed an outstanding teacher through peer reviews and student evaluations; has served the College on various committees and other activities and provides service to the community and the teaching profession.

Prior to joining Morehouse in 1977, Barksdale was a professor, lecturer and instructor at Emory University, Tuskegee University, Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

He has written numerous articles and served in several editorial capacities for The Journal of Negro History. Barksdale is a member of the editorial board of The Griot, the publication of the Southern Conference on African American Studies. Barksdale was editor of Black Georgians in the Twentieth Century and is currently at work on three other books.

Barksdale is leading the 150th Morehouse Anniversary History Project, a multi-pronged effort to use different mediums to collect, update and tell the Morehouse story by 2017, the College’s sesquicentennial.

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