Dr. Roland Voted President-Elect for the National Association of African-American Honors Programs

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dr. RolandHonors Program Director and Associate Professor at SC State University, Dr. Harriet A. Roland, has been selected to lead the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) as president-elect for 2010-2011. 


At the 18th Annual NAAAHP Conference held in Miami, FL, over 300 honors program directors, faculty and student delegates representing 30 Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCU’s) from across the country, selected Roland as president-elect, 2010-2011. Roland currently serves as NAAAHP’s national vice president, along with the current national president, Dr. Gwendolyn Pharr of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. In 2009, Roland also received the NAAAHP Outstanding Honors Program DirectorAward for her contributions to the organization. 


“I am deeply humbled and at once very excited to be afforded this great opportunity to serve in such a leadership capacity,” said Roland.  The NAAAHP has been both a visionary and trail-blazing organization in collegiate honors education for nearly 20 years, and I look forward to working hard with our executive board to take NAAAHP to the next level of excellence,” Roland stated.  “Our student scholars will be the greatest beneficiaries of our collective talents and experiences,” she continued.

In May 1990, SC State was among the original group of Honors Directors from approximately 20 HBCU’s who met at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., to discuss plans for the foundation of a national organization of honors programs designed to address the specific needs of honors education for African-American students.

Since 1992, the NAAAHP has held an annual conference designed to accomplish the following: develop, enhance and support Honors programs and/or Honors Colleges in all HBCUs;  stimulate community service and leadership as one of the highest aims of education; advocate the funding of Honors Programs and/or Honors Colleges by federal and state agencies,  as well as by private philanthropic foundations and organizations; facilitate the enrollment of African-American students into graduate and professional schools; and promote an undergraduate educational environment that encourages scholarship, knowledge and an appreciation of African-American culture as a mirror for understanding other great cultures.

Roland has garnered the credibility to serve in a leadership capacity for this prestigious organization. Since 2000, Roland has served as director of Honors, International and National Student Exchange Programs at SC State. For 11 years prior to that time, she taught on the faculty of the Department of English and Modern Languages at SC State, earning the distinction of “Teacher of the Year”. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of SC State with a bachelor’s degree in english education. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in mass communication theory from the University of Florida.


Her career paths have included work as a certified high school english/journalism teacher, as a public information specialist for the S.C. Department of Education, as a reporter for The State newspaper, Columbia, SC and The Ann Arbor News , Ann Arbor, MI. Roland also worked as a tenured associate professor of english/journalism at SC State.


Professional accomplishments include selection as a fellow for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, FL, and the American Press Institute and American Society of Newspaper Editors, both headquartered in Reston, VA.  She is also an alumna of the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. In addition to NAAAHP, Roland’s professional memberships have included the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Golden Key International Honour Society and various other scholarly societies.