TWO CANDIDATES for the chairmanship of Temple University's African-American Studies Department will present their plans for reviving the struggling department to faculty and students Tuesday.
The candidates are Molefi Asante, a former chair who created the nation's first doctoral program in African-American Studies at Temple in the 1980s, and Anthony Monteiro, an expert on the sociologist and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois.
In recent months, national publications such as Inside Higher Ed and Diverse Issues in High Education described the situation at the Temple department with terms like "crisis" and "turmoil."
Faculty and students are upset that Teresa Scott Soufas, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, rejected the faculty's choice of Kariamu Welsh, a professor and former chair of Temple's dance department, to succeed former chair Nathaniel Norment when Norment retired last July.