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Dillard announces criminal justice and nursing endowed professorships

Ashraf Esmail and Katrina Kellum

Dr. Ashraf Esmail (left) and Dr. Katrina Kellum (right). Photos: Sabree Hill/Dillard University.

  For Immediate Release
August 21, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University’s Division of Academic Affairs announces the appointment of Drs. Ashraf Esmail and Katrina Kellum to the Barron Hilton Criminal Justice Endowed Professorship, and Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Professorship in Symptoms Management, respectively. 

 

Dr. Ashraf Esmail, associate professor and program coordinator of the criminal justice program at Dillard University serves as the director for the Center for Racial Justice, located on the Dillard campus. Dr. Esmail has an active research agenda and extensive experience in interdisciplinary research with focus areas in sociology, criminal justice, and educational leadership. He has authored several books on law enforcement, public policy, terrorism, criminal justice, and race. A few of those titles are, "Youth Violence in American Schools: How Can it Be Alleviated," "Racial Disparity in Sentencing Outcomes: A Study of Sentencing Decisions Under Arizona’s Perspective Sentencing Structure" and "Terrorism Inside America’s Borders."

 

In addition to his research and teaching experience, Dr. Esmail has worked and presented at conferences at the national, regional, and university levels since early graduate school. He has organized, presided, and presented at conferences including annual meetings of the Society of Criminology, Midwest Criminal Justice Association, Annual Meetings of the Society of Criminology, Race, Gender, Class, Midwest Sociological Society, the National Association for Multicultural Education and the National Association for Peace Education. He served as president of the National Association for Peace Education from 2010 and 2011 and currently serves as senior editor for the Journal of Education and Social Justice and International Journal of Leadership, Education, and Business Studies. He is the co-editor for the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Higher Education. Dr. Esmail is a state commissioner for the Louisiana Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors for Louisiana Coalition for Offender Resources. He is currently a member of Alpha Phi Sigma. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Georgia State University and Union Institute and University. Dr. Esmail received his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in Sociology. 

 

Dr. Katrina P. Kellum is assistant professor of pediatric nursing at Dillard University and a family nurse practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in 1999. In 2016, Dr. Kellum earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) from Loyola University New Orleans. She became a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Since 2016, Dr. Kellum has been a faculty member at Dillard University College of Nursing (DUCON) specializing in pediatrics. In 2018, she was awarded Outstanding Alumnus at LSUHSC. She practices as an FNP-C at Children’s Hospital Virtual Care Clinic. This involves providing tele-med visits throughout the community. Dr. Kellum is a member of several Dillard and DUCON committees; she is currently the junior level coordinator for DUCON. She has presented at both DUCON and Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Her research has been published in Nursing & Primary Care and Diabetes & its Complications

 

The Barron Hilton Criminal Justice  Endowed Professorship and Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Professorship in Systems Management are partially funded by support from the Louisiana Board of Regents. 

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