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.