Howard University College of Arts and Sciences Appoints Three Distinguished Faculty to New Roles


WASHINGTON – (February 19, 2018) – The Howard University College of Arts and Sciences has appointed three distinguished faculty to new roles:  Thomas Foster, Ph.D., has been appointed associate dean for Faculty Affairs and full professor in the Department of History; Kim Michelle Lewis, Ph.D., has been appointed associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and full professor in the Department of Physics; and Bourama Toni, Ph.D, has been appointed full professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Thomas FosterThomas Foster, Ph.D., has been appointed as associate dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences and full professor in the Department of History effective January 1, 2018. He will also serve as the dean’s liaison to the Division of Social Sciences, succeeding Terri Adams-Fuller, Ph.D., in that capacity.

 “I am thrilled to be joining the flagship college at Howard University at such an exciting time for the college and the university,” said Foster.

Foster earned his doctoral degree in history from Johns Hopkins University. He held a Sexuality Research Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council before completing visiting professorships at the University of Miami and Rice University. At DePaul University, he earned tenure and promotion to professor in the department of history where he also served as department chair from 2011-2017. At DePaul, he also was actively involved with a number of interdisciplinary programs, including African and Black Diaspora Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Foster’s research focuses on gender and sexuality in early America. He is the author or editor of six books, including (as editor) Women in Early America; New Men: Manliness in Early America; and Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America. His most recent monograph, Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past, is a study of how ever-changing ideals of gender and sexuality inform the myths that have developed around the personal lives of the Founding Fathers. He is currently completing a book on sexual violence against enslaved men for the University of Georgia Press’s new series, Gender and Slavery.


Kim LewisKim Michelle Lewis, Ph.D., has been appointed as associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and full professor in the Department of Physics effective January 1, 2018. She will also serve as the dean’s liaison to the Division of Natural Sciences, succeeding Robert Catchings, Ph.D. who served in that capacity for 20 years.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the legacy of Howard University’s research program and graduate school and impact the student body in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Lewis

Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Dillard University. She received her master’s degree in electrical engineering and doctoral degree in applied physics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She earned a David and Lucille Packard Graduate Fellowship and several pre-doctoral research grants from the Social Science Research Council.  Her thesis work was the development of single electron devices for application as low-noise electrometers. This work led to U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 in August 2004.  She received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies to continue her research in the area of molecular electronics at Louisiana State University.

Previously, Lewis was associate head and associate professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.  While there, she received the National Role Models award given by Minority Access, Inc., and earned a Career Enhancement Fellowship by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the National Science Foundation Career Award.  Her research expertise is in the area of quantum transport in nanoscale structures, such as thin films and molecular junctions using techniques that include inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy. 

Bourama ToniBourama Toni, Ph.D., has been appointed full professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics effective January 1, 2018.  He succeeds Paul Bezandry, Ph.D., and Adeniran Adeboye, Ph.D., who served as interim chairs from July 1 – Dec. 30, 2017 and July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017, respectively.

 “I am honored to join the iconic institution that is Howard University and look forward to contributing to the success of the department in education, teaching, research and service to the community,” said Toni.

Before joining Howard University, Toni was professor of mathematics at Virginia State University and visiting professor of mathematics and applied mathematics at Brown University. Additionally, for the last three years he has been visiting researcher in applied mathematics at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, Rhode Island, and visiting professor at Peking University, Beijing and Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.

A graduate of the Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada, Professor Toni’s research interests are primarily in Differential Analysis, and include Archimedean and Non-Archimedean Dynamical Systems and their applications: Bifurcations of Critical Periods and Isochronous Systems; Almost and p-adic almost periodicity, including Berkovich Analytic spaces; Evolutionary Game Theory and Nash Limit Cycles in networked systems (behavioral and physical); Feedback Loops Analysis; Mathematics Modeling for Pharmacodynamics and Medicine; Numerical Analysis in Naval Research (Linear Solver; PDE for Cable Dynamics, Data Analysis with Cubic Splines under tension).

Toni’s scholarly interests have also expanded over the years into mathematics and arts with a first solo exhibition in Fall 2014 of acrylic abstract paintings with proses. He is also the founding and managing editor of the interdisciplinary series STEAM-H of contributed volumes and monographs published by Springer, a renowned publisher of high quality scientific work.  

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