Seven Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Amy Freeman, who has been serving as a research assistant professor and associate provost at Tufts University in Massachusetts, was named director of the Millennium Scholars Program at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Freeman is a graduate of Washington State University, where she majored in construction management. She holds a master’s degree in architectural engineering and a doctorate in workforce education and development from Pennsylvania State University.

Juana Mendenhall is the inaugural holder of the Walter Eugene Massey Endowed Chair of Physical Science at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The chair honors the former president of Morehouse College.

Dr. Mendenhall is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Clark Atlanta University.

Cynthia Blair, an associate professor of African American studies and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was named interim director of the university’s African American Cultural Center.

Dr. Blair began teaching at the university in 1996. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Lawrence Bobo was named a Harvard College Professor. The Harvard College Professorships were launched in 1997. They are five-year appointments that include extra support for research or scholarly activities, as well as a semester of paid leave, or summer salary. Dr. Bobo is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at the university.

Professor Bobo is a magna cum laude graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he majored in sociology. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Princess U II Imoukhuede was appointed associate professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. She was an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Imoukhuede is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she majored in chemical engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Dwana Waugh was appointed an assistant professor of history at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She is currently working on a book with the title Schoolhouses Rocked: Lessons on Race, Politics, and Power in the American South.

Dr. Waugh is a graduate of what is now Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Diane Edison, professor of art at the University of Georgia, will spend the Spring 2019 semester as artist-in-residence at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is the author of Dynamic Color Painting for Beginners (Harry N. Abrams, 2008).

Professor Edison earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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