Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Universities

Earl Graham, Jr. is the new chair of the department of philosophy and religion at Philander Smith University in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served as the senior pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas, for seven years.

Dr. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in leadership and ministry from Central Baptist College, a master’s degree in religious education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a doctor of educational ministry degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Sharon Uwanyuze is a new assistant teaching professor of materials science and engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her focus is metallurgical engineering, and she is an expert in non-ferrous alloys, such as titanium and nickel-based superalloys, metal-mold reactions, and investment casting.

Dr. Uwanyuze is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Stephen M. Avery was promoted to full professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the first African American to be promoted to full professor.

Dr. Avery is a graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he majored in physics. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Hampton University in Virginia.

Antron Mahoney is a new assistant professor of African American studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He was an assistant professor of Africana, gender, and identity studies at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dr. Mahoney is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in pan-African studies from the University of Louisville.

Carmen Lanos Williams was named director of the Honors College at Arkansas State University. She is an assistant professor of English and heritage studies at the university.

Dr. Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in heritage studies, all from Arkansas State University.

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