Regennia Nanette Williams, Ph.D.
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1308
 Phone: 216-523-7182,  216-687-3920
 Fax: 216-687-5592
 Email: R.WILLIAMS@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.ClevelandMemory.org/pray
 Blog: http://rwilliams.csuelearning.org/
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1308, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
African American History, African American Culture, African American Religion, History of Education, Cultural History
 
Education:
Ph.D., History, Case Western Reserve University, 2001
M.P.A., Public Administration, Cleveland State University, 1990
B.A., Urban Studies, Cleveland State University, 1986
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Regennia N. Williams holds a Ph.D. in History from Case Western Reserve University.  In 2010, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her Fulbright research focused on the recent social history of religion and spirituality among Christian, Muslim, and Yoruba women.

Williams has lectured and presented papers at local, regional, national, and international gatherings. Recent presentations include: "Praying Grounds and Sanctuaries: African American Religious Institutions and the Work of Historians and Social Scientists," and "African American Freedom and the Chinese Connection, 1949-1974." In 2004 and 2005, Dr. Williams participated in the International Academic Scholar's program of the National Association of African American Studies, lecturing at China's Beijing Union University and the Central University of Nationalities.

Her published works include Homegoings, Crossings, and Passings: Life and Death in the African Diaspora,  Cleveland, Ohio (Black America), "Race Women and Reform" in the Proceedings of the 2002 Meeting of the Ohio Academy of History, "Reading, Writing, and Racial Uplift: Education and Reform in Cleveland, Ohio" in Education and the Great Depression, "Griots and Grace: The Art of Oral History and the History of African American Religion" in The Black History Bulletin, "Mother to Son: Letters from Carrie Hughes Clark to Langston Hughes, 1928-1938" (co-authored with Carmaletta Williams) in Montage: Essays on the Art and Life of Langston Hughes, "R. Nathaniel Dett and African America's Christian Kingdom of Culture," 1926-1932" in The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, and entries in African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, The Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, and The Encyclopedia of African American History.  Dr. Williams is the founder and director of "Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities, A Documentary and Oral History Project."  

Williams is co-founder of the Langston Hughes Literary Society, and she served as Advisory Committee Chair and Project Director for the award-winning 2002 Greater Cleveland Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration. She also coordinated program activities for "The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: Celebrating the Genius of an American Scholar" in 2003. In the 2004 - 2005 academic year, she facilitated the planning for and implementation of "Life and Death in the African Diaspora," a series of programs culminating with an academic conference. In 2006, she planned and directed "Fifty Years Beyond Bandung: The Linkages Between Asia, Africa, and the Diaspora," an international academic conference.

In 2007, Dr. Williams founded the Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD), and she is the founder and editor of RASHAD's quarterly newsletter, Traditions and Beliefs.  In 2008 she co-founded Spiritual Gifts: A Professional Black Sacred Music Repertory Ensemble, The Journal of Traditions and Beliefs, and The First Mondays Group: A Sanctuary for Writers and Readers. She was also the co-convener (with Patricia O'Luanaigh) of Cleveland State University's 2009 "Women and Spirituality Symposium."  In 2010, she launched Cleveland Chautauqua, an annual celebration of "Great Ideas, Great Art, and a Great Lake!"  In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Chautauqua planning committee will led an international celebration of the life, art, and legacy of writer Zora Neale Hurston. In 2012, Dr. Williams was selected to participate in the Global Leadership Summit at the University of the Free State in South Africa.  In 2013 she directed "Come Sunday @ 70: The Place of Duke Ellington's Sacred Jazz in World History and Culture, c. 1943-2013," a series of scholarly presentations and fine a performing arts activities.
 
Honors and Awards:
Fulbright Fellowship for Research and Teaching in Nigeria, Spring 2010

Faculty Merit Award, 2009

Awarded Visiting Scholar Privileges, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

Outstanding Faculty Member, Black Faculty and Staff Organization, 2007

2007 Mentor of the Year, State of Ohio, STARS (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship) Program, Ohio Board of Regents

Nominated to the Board of Trustees for Town Hall of Cleveland by President Michael Schwartz, 2006

Faculty Merit Award, 2005

Outstanding Faculty Award, Office of Minority Affairs and Community Relations, 2005

Selected to participate in the International Academic Scholars Program of the National Association of African American Studies. Lectured at Beijing Union University, College of Arts and Sciences (2004) and The Central University for Nationalities, Department of History (2005) Beijing, China

Co-Recipient of the 2004 Public Education and Awareness Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society for my work on the February 29, 2004 Celebration of Shiloh Baptist Church

Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement for the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, 2002

Women Who Make A Difference Award, 2002

Distinguished Faculty Award, Black Faculty and Staff Organization, 2002

Outstanding Student Leader, 1987
 
Creative and Activities:
Director, "Come Sunday @ 70: The Place of Duke Ellington's Sacred Jazz in World History and Culture, c. 1943-2013, Fall 2013

Director, Watching God and Reading Hurston, An International Interdisciplinary Academic Conference, 2012

Executive Producer, "1943: A Requiem," a new work for musical theatre, 2011

Co-Founder, Administrative Coordinator, and Alto Vocalist, Spiritual Gifts: A Black Sacred Music Repertory Ensemble, 2008-2009

Executive Producer, "Harvest Time: A Seasonal Celebration of African American Sacred Music," Fall 2009

Founder and Chair of "Cleveland Chautauqua: Celebrating Great Ideas, Great Art, and a Great Lake!," 2010 - Present
 
Research Interests:
African American History and Culture
History of the African American Church
Oral History
Social History and Policy
 
Teaching Areas:
Social History
African American History
African American Sacred Music
Ohio History
 
Professional Affiliations:
Oral History Association
 
University Service:
SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Library Liaison, 2011 -2012

Curriculum Committee (Chair), 2010-2011

Colloquia Committee, Fall 2007, 2008-2009

Library Committee, Fall 2007

Advisory Committee, 2006-2007

Annual Dinner, Planning Committee Member, 2006, 2007

Secretary (Department Meetings), 2004-2005

Curriculum Committee, 2002, 2004, 2008-2009

Social History and the City Committee; Chair, 2002-2007

Library Committee (U.S.) 2002 - 2004

Social Studies Committee, 2002-2007

African Diaspora Committee, 2002-Present; Chair 2005-2007

20th-Century Search Committee, 2002-2003



SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY


Academic Technology Committee of Faculty Senate, 2012-2014

Library Review Committee, 2009

Planning Committee Member for Annual Retreat, Women's Comprehensive Program, 2007

Search Committee Member, Coordinator, Women's Comprehensive Program, 2007

Planning Committee Member, OMACR, Hispanic Awareness Week, 2006

STARS Faculty Mentor, AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American)        
Program Office, 2005-2006, 2006-2007

Planning Committee Member, OMACR, 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch

Planning Committee Member, OMACR, 2006 Urban Community Forum

Planning Committee Member, Office of Minority Affairs and Community Relations 10th Annual
Diversity Conference, 2004

Search Committee Member, Women's Study Program Assistant, 2005

Faculty Representative, University Commencement, May 15, 2004

Women's Studies Program Council, 2004 - Present

Honors Council, 2004 - 2007

Planning Committee Member, The Urban Community Forum, 2004.

Planning Committee Member, 2004 Brown v. Board of Education Conference    

Discussion Leader, The Black Studies Tombouctou Book Club, 2003 - 2004

Black Aspirations Week Planning Committee, 2004

Black Studies Curriculum Committee, 2001 -  2006

The Cooperative Education Committee, 2002 - 2004

The Butler A. Jones Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Committee, 2002 - 2004

The Black Faculty and Staff Organization, Vice President, 2003 - 2005
 
Professional Service:
Discipline Reviewer, Fulbright Scholars Program, 2011

Interviewer and Committee Member, Cleveland State University, Fulbright Student Exchange Program, 2011

Interviewer and Committee Member, Cleveland State University, Fulbright Student Exchange Program, 2007

Interviewer and Committee Member (Cleveland, Ohio), Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 2006

Reviewed African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom  (Brief Edition) by Carson,  Lapansky-Werner, and Nash for Pearson Longman, September 2005

Textbook Reviewer (Elementary History and Social Studies Units).  Harcourt School Publishers, 2005

Board Member. National Association of African American Studies, 2005 - Present

Interviewer for The HistoryMakers©, National African American Video Oral History Archives, 2004 -2005. For more information, visit www.thehistorymakers.com
        
Speakers Bureau Member, 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education, Ohio Humanities Council, 2004

Scholar of Record for the Cleveland Teachers Academy / Ohio Humanities Council,          Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commemoration, Spring Semester 2004.

Reviewed chapter on "African American Traditions" for America's Religious Tapestry, McGraw-Hill Publishers (Arts and Humanities), 2003.
 
Community Service:
Town Hall of Cleveland, 2006 - 2010
African American Archives Auxiliary, The Western Reserve Historical Society, Trustee 2002- 2008
Neighborhood Centers Association, 2002 - 2004
League Park Center, 2002 - 2005
 
Research Grants:
Julian Pleasants Visiting Scholar Award, 2013

Ohio Humanities Council Grant, Duke Ellington Program, 2013

Ohio Arts Council, Building Cultural Diversity Grant, 2013

Fulbright Scholar grantee to Nigeria, 2010

Faculty Incentive Grant, Cleveland State University, Center for e-Learning, Summer 2009

Ohio Humanities Council Grant for "Religion, Race, and Rights in America: The View from Cleveland, Ohio in 1964," for an April 22, 2007 panel discussion presented by the Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD)

Ohio Humanities Council Grant for "Fifty Years Beyond Bandung: The Linkages Between Asia, Africa and the Diaspora," an international academic conference scheduled for April 21-22, 2006, Cleveland State University

Ohio Humanities Council Grant for "African Ethnicities in the Americas," a lecture in the 2004 - 2005 series "Life and Death in the African Diaspora"

Bank One Corporate Foundation Grant for "The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois," 2003

Ohio Humanities Council Grant (With Dr. Michael Williams) for The Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, 2002

Turner Construction, Program Support for the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, 2002

Cleveland Foundation Grant, The Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, 2001-2002

Ohio Arts Council, Special Opportunity Grant for the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, 2001.

New Faculty Research Development Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, 2003

Teaching Enhancement Grant, University Center for Teaching and Learning, 2002