Title: Professor of Africana Studies
Company: University of Northern Colorado
Location: Greeley, Colorado, United States
George H. Junne Jr., PhD, Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in multicultural education.
With a career in academia spanning over 45 years, Dr. Junne initially embarked upon his professional path at the University of Michigan in 1972, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography before earning a Master of Arts in instructional technology in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher and adult continuing education in 1988. During this time, he worked as a part-time instructor of photography at Washtenaw Community College from 1975 to 1981 as well as a number of brief roles for film courses at the University of Michigan between 1984 and 1983. A lecturer for black studies in the Institute for Intercultural Studies and Services at Metropolitan State College in 1991, he found much success in myriad positions regarding black and Africana studies at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Michigan. Notably, Dr. Junne has excelled as a professor at the University of Northern Colorado since 2001, a field assistant for the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan since 1991 and a lecturer on Afroamerican studies at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1988.
A visiting professor at Bogazici University since 2000, Dr. Junne has authored chapters for “Black Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in the American West” in 2019, “Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negro’s Western Experience” in 2011, “Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of the Colorado Borderlands” in 2011, “The Jim Crow Encyclopedia” in 2008, “Shades of Opportunity and Access: Ethnic and Gender Minority Issues in America, with Global Reflection, 1986-1989” in 1991 and “Hartland: Change in the Heart of America” in 1985. Featured in UNC Magazine, Wild West Magazine, the Greeley Tribune, and USA Today, he has published many articles for journals in his field, co-hosted the VoiceAmericaVariety radio program “BratCon” in 2011, conducted myriad lectures on his areas of expertise and was interviewed in the award-winning PBS documentary “Clara: Angel of the Rockies.” A member of the Western Social Science Association, the Colorado Black Round Table and the Dearfield planning committee for the Black American West Museum, he was eponymously honored with fossil names at the University of Michigan: ArfiaJunnei, CalcardiaJunnei and MagnacranaiumJunnei. Furthermore, Dr. Junne has accepted a wealth of honors throughout his career, including a Certificate of Appreciation from Denver Urban Spectrum in 2015, the Harrell L. Strimple Award from the Paleontology Society in 2012, the Champion of Higher Education Award from the Colorado Black Round Table in 2010, the Charles C. Irby Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies in 2000 and the Outstanding Black Faculty Member Award from the Black Student Alliance at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991, to name a few.
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