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Two faculty named James B. Duke Endowed Professors

President Ronald L. Carter announced that two members of the faculty have been appointed James B. Duke Endowed Professors: Dr. Hang Chen and Dr. Brian Madison Jones. The Duke Endowment Professorship program recognizes academic excellence, providing outstanding faculty members recognition, reward, and an opportunity for professional development.

Chen, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and associate professor of computer science, was named James B. Duke Distinguished Associate Professor. Chen joined the University in 2004 and has served as Chair of the department of Computer Science and Engineering since 2008. She has been published in leading journals and at international conferences, and has received federal and private grants in research and education from National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education and Duke Energy Foundation.

The community has publicly recognized her efforts on several occasions, most recently as one of Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40 honorees in March 2016. The award recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are making major strides in their careers and having a positive impact on their communities.

Jones, dean of the College of Arts and Letters and associate professor of history, was also named a James B. Duke Distinguished Associate Professor. Jones joined the University in 2007. The author of Abolishing the Taboo: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the American Nuclear Doctrine, Jones continued to publish scholarly articles in reputable journals such as North Carolina Historical Review, Presidential Studies Quarterly and The Journal of American History.

In 2010, Jones was awarded a teaching grant to develop a course on the history of the Soviet Union and later led JCSU students on a study abroad trip to Russia. In 2011, he received the first annual CATO Par Excellence Teaching Award. His other international efforts include his role as director of the Johnson C. Smith University Center for American Culture and Race, housed at Guangdong Baiyun University in Guangzhou, China. The center promotes understanding between the United States and China.

“As scholars and administrators, Jones and Chen are respected and trusted educators with established reputations for excellence and innovation,” said Carter. “This recognition is both thanks and encouragement that they both continue to advance JCSU’s mission with excellence.”  

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