Two Faculty from UM College of Arts & Sciences Named Top Black Educational Leaders of 2014

Legacy Magazine Recognized History Professor Donald Spivey and Associate Professor of English Patricia Saunders

Two of the finest faculty members in the UM College of Arts & Sciences have been recognized by Legacy Magazine as South Florida Top Black Educators of 2014.

Donald Spivey

Associate Professor of English Patricia Saunders focuses her research on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Saunders also serves as the co-editor of Anthurium, the UM’s Caribbean Studies Journal.

In 2008, she received a Digital Library Fellowship from the University of Miami Libraries to create “As Far as the Eye/I Can See,” an open-access, searchable website featuring video and audio files, biographies, and portfolios of Caribbean artists, critics and research centers.

Her popular graduate-level class on Caribbean Popular Culture shows how the region has been portrayed throughout history, and helps students challenge what they think they know about the region.

Patricia Saunders

Professor of History Donald Spivey is one of the nation’s foremost scholars on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century African-American history. He focuses on sports, labor, music and education. His team-taught course on The Sixties is one of the most popular on the UM campus.

Spivey has lectured throughout the country and been a frequent commentator on radio and television, and in print media. Last February, a session of his course “Sport in American History: The Black Athlete” was broadcast on C-Span. The discussion focused on the impact of Negro League baseball players – and especially Leroy “Satchel” Paige – on the civil rights movement. Spivey served as a member of the Search Committee for the Historian of the United States House of Representatives, and he received the Miami Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men Award” for Distinguished Community Service.

Legacy Magazine is an independent supplement to The Miami Herald. It is a news/business publication that provides news and information to Florida’s Black Affluencers and Influencers.

December 09, 2014