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Brooks: African American Studies Chair

April 11, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- F. Erik Brooks, assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor at Georgia Southern University (GSU), has been appointed chair of the Western Illinois University African American studies department, effective July 1, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez.

Brooks has served as assistant to the dean at Georgia Southern since 2011 and as the director of the Master of Public Administration Program in the department of political science at GSU from 2004-2007. He started his career at Georgia Southern as an assistant professor in the department of political science in 2002. Brooks has also taught in the Africana studies program at GSU since 2003. He was promoted to associate professor in 2009. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor at the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond (2001-2002) and in the department of advancement studies at Alabama State (1993-1996).

Brooks has also served as the student coordinator for the public policy and administration's Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University (2001-2002), and as an academic adviser (1995-1997) and counselor in the department of advancement studies (1993-1995) at Alabama State.

"I am pleased to have Dr. Brooks as one of our new College of Arts and Sciences academic leaders," said Martinelli-Fernandez. "His talents will serve the Department of African American Studies, the college and Western Illinois University well."

He has presented at numerous conferences, has published chapters in a variety of books and has authored several monographs. Brooks is a member of the Georgia Society of Public Administration Association, the Georgia Political Science Association and the National Education Association.

Brooks received his doctorate degree from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government at Virginia Commonwealth (2002); a master's degree in education (1999) from Alabama State; a master's of public administration degree (1998) from Auburn University; a master of science degree in agency counseling and human development (1992) from Troy State University; and his bachelor's degree from Troy State.

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