Four Black Scholars in New University Teaching Roles

Ericmoore Jossou was named an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a shared position between the department of nuclear science and engineering and the faculty of electrical engineering, effective July 2023. He is currently an assistant scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, a U.S. Department of Energy-affiliated lab that conducts research in nuclear and high energy physics, energy science and technology, environmental and bioscience, nanoscience, and national security.

Dr. Jossou obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2019 from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Audrey Sorrells, professor of special education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, was named to the Ann M. Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education. Professor Sorrells also serves as the director of the Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service Institute at the university. She specializes in cultural and linguistic diversity in special education, with research focused on the intersection of culture and disability through the lens of the Black student experience in public education in the United States

Professor Sorrells holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida.

Chaudron Carter Short was recently appointed professor and chair of the department of nursing in the College of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia. She will also serve as senior vice president and associate chief nursing officer at Temple Health.

Dr. Carter Short is a graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia. She holds a master’s degree in health administration and education and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in nursing leadership from Walden University.

Francis Annan is a new assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was an assistant professor in the College of Business at Georgia State University.

Dr. Annan is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He holds a master’s degree in applied economics from Mississippi State University and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in sustainable development from Columbia University in New York City.

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