Four Black scholars were recently awarded new positions in academia for their hard work, dedication and leadership.

Yosvany Terry

Yosvany Terry, Darrick Hamilton, Paula T. Hammond and Eugene T. Parker III all will be starting new positions at major institutions this fall, according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Darrick Hamilton

Terry was appointed director of jazz ensembles and visiting senior lecturer in music at Harvard University, JBHE reported. A Cuban musician, composer, bandleader, and educator, Terry will be the conductor of two student bands, and teach one course per semester. Terry has taught at Princeton University, Stanford University, the New School and the Harlem School of the Arts.

In addition to his role as an associate professor of Economics and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City, Hamilton will take over as director of the Milano Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City, the higher education publication said.  Hamilton is a 12-year veteran of the institution.

Paula T. Hammond

Hammond was named the new chair for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, making her the first woman and first African American to hold this position. She is the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering at MIT.

Parker was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Education, JBHE reported. Parker will teach Organizational Administration and Postsecondary Finance of Higher Education at the university.