‘The Cosby Show’ Actor Joseph C. Phillips Becomes Professor At HBCU
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‘The Cosby Show’ Actor Joseph C. Phillips Becomes Professor At HBCU

Although he may be most recognized for his role on “The Cosby Show,” Joseph C. Phillips will now be leading students at Clark Atlanta University as a professor in theatre and communication studies.

“Joseph brings a wealth of awe-inspiring talent, meaningful engagement in the community, and a portfolio of informed, decisive commentary to the University,” said President Dr. George T. French Jr, according to a press release. “We anticipate that he will inspire independent thinking, civic responsibility, and a passion for interdisciplinary learning in our students—which aligns perfectly with our mantra to ‘lift our community by lifting our voices.'”

Phillips has quite an extensive resume, which sheds light on why he has proven to be well-qualified for the position at the historically Black university.

He first received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1983 from New York University and went on to serve as a fellow at various institutions including Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian College, and as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He also held this title at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, where he taught, designed, and wrote a seven-week course titled “Black Conservatism in America.”

As for his acting career, as aforementioned, many will recognize the star for his role as Lt. Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show.” He did land other roles over the years, starring in the Netflix award-winning series “13 Reasons Why,” “General Hospital” and guest starring roles including “How to Get Away with Murder,” “NCIS” and “Good Trouble.”

Plus, Phillips had more screen time through feature films, leading in roles such as “Strictly Business,” and “Midnight Blue.” His talents also extended to Broadway, thanks to roles in “Six Degrees of Separation” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” Phillips was also responsible for creating the title role in “Dreaming Emmett.”

Phillips wore even more hats such as author, and commentator on radio airways.

Outside of his entertainment career, he was involved in his community, working with the State Board of the California African American Museum, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s “VIDA” program, the Special Olympics, and the Green Chimneys foundation, where he served as an advisory board member.