Dr. Parker is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BS in chemistry and the Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories in California. He worked five years at Jackson State University before joining the faculty at Clark Atlanta University Chemistry Department. At CAU he served graduate coordinator and as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. In 2018 he joined Clayton State University as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics.