Tuwanda Simmons

Tuwanda Simmons

Associate Professor of Chemistry






PhD, University of Mississippi
MS, Central Michigan University
BS, Tennessee State University


My first experience with higher education began at Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee. I then transferred to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, followed by a Master of Science in Chemistry from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  I started my career at the United States Department of Agriculture as a Physical Science Technician while teaching as an adjunct faculty at Shelby State Community College.

Throughout my educational career I never had a female professor with a PhD, so I went back to school for a Doctorate of Philosophy.  I received my Doctorate of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, becoming the second African-American to receive a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry in the state of Mississippi.  I was also the first African-American woman to receive a MS in Chemistry from Central Michigan University. I enjoy teaching in a community college atmosphere where teaching and mentoring students is the primary focus.

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