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Dr. Eli Joseph Becomes Youngest Black Professor To Teach Simultaneously At 4 Universities

There was history made with a single Black professor earlier this year.

Dr. Eli Joseph made history as “the youngest Black instructor to teach simultaneously at three prestigious universities: Columbia University, New York University and UCLA." As of August, Dr. Joseph accepted an offer to teach at Dartmouth College, which makes him the youngest instructor to simultaneously teach at four prestigious universities, according to

It is only a certain number of students who graduate from these schools. There are even fewer who teach at these prestigious universities. However, Dr. Eli Joseph is one of the few instructors to teach at both institutions simultaneously. While also teaching at Columbia University and NYU and UCLA, he will teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth College.

Joseph is very accomplished, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t faced a rejection or two. In fact, he’s been rejected by more than 1,500 employers, 30 colleges and 75 scholarship foundations. He was even denied admission to other high-caliber schools, including Princeton, UPenn, Cornell University, Dartmouth College and Brown University.

More than 10 years ago, in 2012, Joseph received a rejection letter from Columbia. But today, he is serving on the associate faculty in the applied analytics program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

Additionally, in 2016, Joseph was rejected by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. But today, he teaches graduate students at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

But there’s more. He’s had thousands of rejection notices from several firms in finance, technology, and managerial consulting, including JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Google, Amazon, Facebook, BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Bain. While Professor Joseph has had several rejections from firms and institutions, he has overcome various personal and professional challenges, including the most recent loss of his older brother.

Still, Dr. Joseph stands despite some of the obstacles he has faced. He even recently gave two TEDx talks in the fall: “Time is Your Biggest Competition” and “No Trace, No Case.” And, he’s become one of the youngest members of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. In the future, he plans on collaborating with other elite researchers to enhance the welfare of both people and organizations around the world, according to


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