From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Scott, Joseph Walter

(born: 1935) 

Joseph W. Scott was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology at Central Michigan University in 1957, then earned his master's and Ph.D. at Indiana University. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Joseph Scott became the first full-time African American faculty member at the University of Kentucky in the spring semester of 1965. Scott would begin the fall term as an assistant professor in the sociology department. Scott has served as professor emeritus at the University of Washington; he has taught at four other higher education institutions in the U.S. as well as in Nigeria and Argentina. For more see "Kentucky U. names Negro," New York Times, 04/09/1965, p. 16; resources about James W. Scott in the University of Kentucky Archives; "The First Black faculty members at the nation's 50 flagship state universities," The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, no. 39 (Spring 2003), pp. 118-126; and Joseph W. Scott at the University of Washington website. Additional information provided by Valli Scott.

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NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Journal of blacks in higher education (periodical)

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