Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Sydney Freeman Jr. will be spending the 2020 spring semester at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting scholar. Professor Freeman will assist with an assessment of racial diversity initiatives for Penn faculty that are currently supported by the provost’s office. He will also develop an academic leadership symposium that focuses on advancing institutional policies and supports that improve retention and advancement of mid-career faculty of color at the university. Dr. Freeman is a professor in the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences at the University of Idaho.

Professor Freeman is a graduate of Oakwood University in Alabama. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Auburn University in Alabama.

Regina Stevens-Truss was named to the Dorothy H. Heyl Senior Endowed Chair in Chemistry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. A professor of chemistry and biochemistry, she has taught at Kalamazoo College since 2000. Research in her lab focuses on testing a variety of compounds (peptides and small molecules) for antimicrobial activity.

Dr. Stevens-Truss earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Kwame Amoah is a new assistant professor in the department of civil and architectural engineering and construction management at the University of Cincinnati. He was an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa. His research is focused on project planning and scheduling; construction estimating/costing; value engineering and constructability; project delivery systems; building information modeling; and energy efficiency in buildings.

Dr. Amoah holds a master’s degree in construction management and engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He earned an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.


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