- Lisa Blair, PhD, (Department of Humanities) received a Fulbright Scholar Award to investigate the development of language and culture in Mexico. She spent 30 days traveling throughout Mexico to learn more about its culture and history, and the current poverty and social issues effecting Mexican communities.
- Dawn Formey, MFA, (Department of Visual and Performing Arts) directed and acted in the production of "The Sty of the Blind Pig" from March 31 – April 4, 2010 at The Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC.
- Kandace Harris, PhD, (Chair, Department of Mass Communications) received a Leadership Award on January 29, 2010 from the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, recognizing her as "Young Professional Member of the Year" for her volunteer and community service.
- Elvira Williams, PhD, (Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) has been recognized as the first black female from North Carolina to earn a PhD in Physics in a biography titled, The Physics Queen (Nakireru, 2010). Williams was also invited to speak in the Oxford Round Table discussions in Oxford, England.
- Shaw University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on April 15-18, 2010. SNCC was founded on Shaw's campus in April 1960. More than 1100 people attended the anniversary conference.
- James Ashmore, PhD, and Andrew Mbuvi, PhD, (Divinity School) served as co-PIs for "Teaching Exegesis in Historically Black Theological Schools," at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
- The James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center unveiled the Mollie Huston Lee Collection of African-American books. Lee, a former Shaw University librarian, opened the first public library for Raleigh's African-American residents in 1935.
- Allyson Sesay, PhD, (Department of Education) was awarded a Fulbright Lecturing and Research Award in 2010 to conduct research and to teach in Sierra Leone, West Africa during the 2010-2011 academic year.