John Wallace, who was named vice provost for Faculty Diversity and Development last year, will now be taking on an additional role: Interim director of the Center on Race and Social Problems.
When Larry Davis, who founded the center in 2002 and developed its role in leading and elevating race-related conversations and research, retired in fall 2019 to become professor and School of Social Work dean emeritus, James Huguley was named interim director of the center and Wallace become the center’s senior fellow for Research and Community Engagement.
Huguley has decided to focus on his research and faculty position in the School of Social Work.
Wallace has been at Pitt since 2004 and holds appointments as a professor at the School of Social Work, the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Department of Sociology in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences (Sociology). He also is senior pastor of Bible Center Church, in Homewood.
CRSP also has created a new visiting scholar position, and Waverly Duck, associate professor in Pitt’s Department of Sociology, will be the first to fill that role.
Wallace said he has two priorities as he steps in as interim director: “The first is to honor the legacy of our founder, Dean Larry Davis, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center on Race and Social Problems next year. My second priority to lead a successful search for our next director. If I am able to accomplish those two goals my work will be complete.”
— Susan Jones
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