Dr. Burl Yearwood


Dr. Burl Yearwood
STEM, Room 204
Journal Square Campus

Personal Pronouns: He/Him
Country of Origin/Citizenship/Nationality: Antigua, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Educational Background

  • Post-doctorate, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, Wayne State University
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Alabama


  • ECornell Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate
  • Implicit Bias Training

Classes taught at HCCC

  • College Chemistry I, CHP-111


Dr. Yearwood oversees the HCCC programs in Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Sciences, Construction Management, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Natural Sciences.

Dr. Yearwood grew up and developed his interest in science on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. As an administrator and educator, Dr. Yearwood is passionate about the education and graduation of students from diverse backgrounds who are often underrepresented in higher education, particularly in STEM. He is committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse faculty.

Prior to joining HCCC, Dr. Yearwood was the Chairperson of the Natural Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York). He taught Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Introductory Chemistry at LaGuardia Community College.

Dr. Yearwood’s doctoral research dealt with the preparation of precursors for the production of semi-conductors. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Kentucky on the synthesis and characterization of organotin compounds, and their use as biocidal agents in marine paints. At LaGuardia Community College, Dr. Yearwood conducted research on environmental remediation agents for Newtown Creek, an EPA Superfund site.