James Jennings Jr

James joined the Office of the Provost in May 2024 and is currently the Assistant Director of Faculty Advancement. He is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing faculty development initiatives aimed at realizing the core values of inclusion and excellence. Additionally, he manages the faculty advancement website, synthesizes research on emerging faculty policy trends, and curates the office’s newsletter and social media content.

Prior to this, James was the Special Projects Associate for the President’s Commission on the History of Race and Racism at Columbia University. He conducted archival research with the Columbia Slavery Project to support the recommendations put forth by the Symbols and Representations Working Group aimed at addressing the campus’s historical ties to slavery and racism. Before this role, James served as an administrative assistant in the African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies Department, where he also acted as the graduate research assistant in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) under the direction of Dr. Mabel O. Wilson. 

An active member of the National Education Association (Black Caucus) and an aspiring educator of the California Teachers Association, James received his master’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University.