Kim Q. B. Leathers, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Honors College and assistant professor of sociology at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was appointed to this position in September 2004. Â At Shaw, she has the wonderful task of shaping and directing some of todayâ€™s brightest minds through curriculum development and academic and social activities, including participation in the National Association of African American Honors Programs and coaching the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team (a national tournament among the nationâ€™s top historically black colleges and universities). Â Her work includes preparing students academically to pursue graduate studies and research after graduation. Â She serves in numerous capacities and on several committees, including the annual Awards Day, Quality Enhancement Plan, faculty development, Learning Management System Evaluation, strategic planning and scholarship committees.
A sociologist by training, she received her Ph.D. in 1999, a masterâ€™s degree in 1987 and the bachelorâ€™s degree in sociology (the latter with an emphasis in the administration of justice) in 1983, all from Howard University. Â Her dissertation was entitled â€œA Historical Survey of the Sociology of the Black Church.â€?
Before coming to Shaw University, Dr. Leathers began her career at the Howard University School of Divinity in 1988 with the Schoolâ€™s Research Center on Black Religious Bodies. Â She was the associate editor of the first edition of the Directory of African American Religious Bodies: A Compendium by the Howard University School of Divinity published in 1991. Â She went on to become the associate director of the International Faith Community Information and Services Clearinghouse and Training Center (ISC), a repository of information and technical assistance on social ministry development for African American churches and the faith community globally. She was also instrumental in the program development for HUSDâ€™s pioneering leap into distance learning, which creatively interfaced the local church with the seminary, government, non-profit and faith-based institutions around the world. Â Dr. Leathers was also director of the School of Divinityâ€™s continuing education program that grew into a thriving initiative serving 300+ students annually across the Washington metropolitan region, and an adjunct professor, teaching research methods and writing to doctoral students. Â She has also conducted research on "The African American Potential in Advanced Theological Training and Vocation" for Auburn Theological Seminaryâ€™s Center for the Study of Theological Education in New York City, New York and was a member of the HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum Interseminary Writing Team, at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a recognized expert on the sociology of the Black Church, and is regularly sought after by media outlets, government personnel, students and educators for information concerning the myriad religious experiences of African Americans. In September 2002 she was a speaker at the â€œConference on African-African American Cooperation in the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS,â€? a part of the Secretaryâ€™s Open Forum (Secretary of State), cosponsored by the Constituency for Africa and held during the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. Â She has appeared on National Public Radio, the Bev Smith Show, WUSA Channel 9 and for the Afro-American History Society of the National Archives and Records Administration to talk about the 2003 biography of Maggie L. Walker (A Right Worthy Grand Mission: Maggie Lena Walker and the Quest for Black Economic Empowerment by Gertrude W. Marlowe) on whom she did her Masterâ€™s thesis. Â
Her public service efforts have included membership on the Nellie M. Quander Memorial Scholarship Fund committee (an endowed scholarship fund at Howard University) and in Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Â She is also on the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choiceâ€™s "National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality: Breaking the Silenceâ€? advisory board, and served on the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network National/International Steering Committee for a number of years. Â She is a member of the National Association of African American Honors Programs. Â She was the chairperson of the nationally renowned H. Beecher Hicks, Sr. Institute of Great Preaching held annually at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2001. Â She is active in Mt. Vernon Christian Church in Clayton, North Carolina, serving on the technology committee and in training and Â educational efforts of the church. Â She is a member of the Association for the Study of Africal American Life and History, the NAACP and Â life and â€œsilver starâ€? (25 year+) member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.Â
She is married to the Rev. Dr. Terence K. Leathers. Â A dedicated duo, she works closely with her husband, who is the president of Community Anchors, Ltd., (which develops and maintain programs and services to assist individuals of natural and industrial disasters in North Carolina) and pastor of Mt. Vernon Christian Church in Clayton, North Carolina. Â They are the delighted parents of a daughter, Kimille Queen Leathers.