Four Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Michelle Robinson, an associate professor in the School of Dentistry, was given the added duties of senior vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Robinson has previously served as associate dean for Health Information and Business Systems and interim dean of the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Robinson is a graduate of Adelphi University in  Garden City, New York. She earned a doctorate in dental medicine at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.

Charles D. Brown II is a new assistant professor of physics at Yale University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on experiments with ultracold atomic gasses trapped in optical lattices.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he majored in physics. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University.

Patricia Smith was appointed professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, effective September 1. She is currently a visiting professor in creative writing at Princeton and a distinguished professor at the City University of New York, where she has taught since 2009. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (TriQuarterly, 2017), which won the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry.

Professor Smith earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.

Angela Byars-Winston, a professor of general internal medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, has been given the added duties as chair of the newly established Institute for Diversity Science at the university. She also serves as associate director in the Collaborative Center for Health Equity and as faculty lead in the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research.

Dr. Byars-Winston holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in counselor education from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University.


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