Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New University Assignments

Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology, has been awarded the title of University Distinguished Professor by the board of trustees of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, effective July 1. Dr. Kernodle is the author of the biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams (Univerity of Illinois Press, 2020). She is currently the president of the Society for American Music.

Dr. Kernodle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in choral music education and piano from Virginia State University. She received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in music history from Ohio State University.

Titus Underwood was appointed an associate professor of oboe at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is the principal oboist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his time with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Underwood was acting associate principal of the Utah Symphony.

Underwood is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He holds a master’s degree in music from The Julliard School in New York City.

Leroy Long III was promoted to associate professor of engineering fundamentals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Beach, Florida. Dr. Long was also granted tenure.

Dr. Long is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in engineering education from Ohio State University.

Amoaba Gooden, an associate professor of Pan-African studies at Kent State Univerity in Ohio, has been given the added duties as vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. She began her Kent State career as an assistant professor in 2006. She will be promoted to full professor this fall.

Dr. Gooden received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Guelph in Canada. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African-American studies from Temple University in Philadelphia.


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