Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions in Academia

Malinda Wilson-Swoope was appointed associate provost for academic affairs at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. She was an associate professor of chemistry and special assistant to the president for strategic planning and initiatives at Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Wilson-Swoope earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Texas Southern University in Houston. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California, Davis.

Peter Ukpokodu was named a Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. He is the first faculty member in African and African American studies at the university to be named a Distinguished Professor. Dr. Ukpokodu came to the university in 1990 as an assistant professor in the department of theatre & film and climbed the ranks to professor in African and African American studies in 2003.

Professor Ukpokodu earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in theatre from the University of Kansas.

Norrisa Haynes has joined the faculty in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale Medical School. She worked for Partners in Health in Haiti at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais and was an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Haynes received a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from Yale University. She completed medical school and her internal medicine and residency training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also holds a master of public health degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in health policy from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Fousseni Chabi-Yo was appointed to the Berthiaume Endowed Professorship in Business Administration in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He joined the faculty in 2016 after teaching for eight years at Ohio State University.

Professor Chabi-Yo holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Montreal.


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