First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

The admissions cycle for the Class of 2024 that began school in the fall of 2020 was far from normal. The global pandemic impacted students’ plans for college, parents’ ability to pay for college and the willingness of students to be on campus.

First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Of the 27 high-ranking research universities for which we have data, women were a majority of the entering students at 18 schools. This is the same number as a year ago. Five years ago, women were a majority at only 11 high-ranking universities.

Nine Women Named Mitchell Scholars

The US-Ireland Alliance recently announced the 12 members of the George J. Mitchell Scholar Class of 2022. Nine of the Mitchell Scholars this year are women.

Women Named Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for Research & Teaching in Chemistry

Winners of these awards are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship in the chemical sciences, and are deeply committed to education.

A Record Number of Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 100 new members. This year, 40 of the new members are women, the most ever elected to the academy in a single year.

Twelve Women Assistant Professors Named 2019 Cottrell Scholars

These awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.

  • Appointments

  • Four Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

    Four Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties

    Jan. 13, 2022 - Taking on new assignments are Tarina Kang at the University of Southern California, Cynthia Osborne at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Airea D. Matthews of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Teresa Seefeldt of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at South Dakota State University.
  • Three Women Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

    Three Women Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

    Jan. 13, 2022 - Alena Allen has been named interim dean of the School of Law at the University of Arkansas. Kim Creamer will serve as dean of education and social/behavioral sciences. at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Raelene Brooks was appointed dean of nursing at the University of Phoenix.
  • Seven Women Administrators Who Are Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

    Seven Women Administrators Who Are Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

    Jan. 13, 2022 - Taking on new roles are Mary Sauceda at Texas Woman's University, Rachelle Hernandez at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Jonica Burke at Shawnee State University in Ohio, Lauren A. Turner at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, Joanne L. Smikle at Towson University in Maryland, Susan Schaurer at Wright State University
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  • Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

    Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers [1.18.2022]

    Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

  • Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

    Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars [1.18.2022]

    Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

  • In Memoriam: Margaret L. Crist

    In Memoriam: Margaret L. Crist [1.17.2022]

    Margo Crist served as assistant director of libraries at the Univerity of Michigan from 1990 to 1997. Then she was appointed director of libraries at the University of Massachusetts.

  • Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

    Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education [1.17.2022]

    Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

  • In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

    In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022 [1.14.2022]

    Lani Guinier was the first woman of color to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier, she taught for 10 years at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • A Quartet of Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

    A Quartet of Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships [1.13.2022]

    The four women who have been appointed to endowed faculty positions are Mara Rúbia André Alves de Lima at Rutgers University, Kristin Cline at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Teresa L. Smallwood at the United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, and Jodi Forlizzi at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

  • Four Women Who Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Colleges and Universities

    Four Women Who Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Colleges and Universities [1.13.2022]

    The four women taking on new roles as diversity officers are Liliana Madrid at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sharon Perry-Fantini at Iowa State University, Krishauna Hines-Gaither at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and Cindy Crusto, at the Yale School of Medicine.

  • In Memoriam: Mona Meyers Wheatley, 1934-2021

    In Memoriam: Mona Meyers Wheatley, 1934-2021 [1.12.2022]

    Mona Wheatly, a long-time development officer for Middlebury College in Vermont, died late last year in Dallas, Texas. She served in many roles in the development office, culminating in her fundraising work for Middlebury’s bicentennial celebration in 2000.

  • Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

    Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars [1.11.2022]

    Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

  • Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

    Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers [1.11.2022]

    Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

  • In Memoriam: Christine Grant, 1936-2021

    In Memoriam: Christine Grant, 1936-2021 [1.10.2022]

    Dr. Grant came to the University of Iowa in 1968. After earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, she was named director of the women’s athletic department at the university. She held that position until 2000.

  • President of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania Abruptly Resigns

    President of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania Abruptly Resigns [1.7.2022]

    Cecilia M. McCormick, who became the first woman president of Elizabethtown College in July 2019, cited the time requirements associated with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic during her brief tenure as president and her desire to focus on her personal and family life as the reasons for her departure.

  • In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Fennema, 1928-2021

    In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Fennema, 1928-2021 [1.7.2022]

    Dr. Fennema served as a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin. Her scholarly interests focused on two main themes: gender issues related to mathematics, and teachers’ cognitions as they influence instruction and learning.

  • Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Named Chair of Their Academic Departments

    Two Women Scholars Who Have Been Named Chair of Their Academic Departments [1.6.2022]

    Emily Liu has been named head of the department of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, and Miranda Drake has accepted the position of chair overseeing the dental hygiene department at the University of South Dakota.

  • Adriana Perez Receives the Research Recognition Award From the National Hispanic Council on Aging

    Adriana Perez Receives the Research Recognition Award From the National Hispanic Council on Aging [1.6.2022]

    Dr. Perez’s work focuses on programs to increase physical activity among older Latinos. Few physical activity interventions are designed for older Latinos and there is strong evidence that increasing physical activity reduces the risk of cognitive decline among previously sedentary individuals.

  • A Pair of Women Who Will Be Serving as Deans

    A Pair of Women Who Will Be Serving as Deans [1.6.2022]

    M. Daniele Fallin was appointed the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and Kathryn Drager has been named interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at Pennsylvania State University.

  • Bowdoin College Professor Wins the Salvatori Prize From the Claremont Institute in California

    Bowdoin College Professor Wins the Salvatori Prize From the Claremont Institute in California [1.6.2022]

    Jean Yarbrough is the Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was honored for her “understanding of, and actions taken to, preserve and foster the principles upon which the United States was built.”

  • Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

    Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education [1.6.2022]

    Taking on new duties are Amy B. Kweskin at Washington Univerity in St. Louis, Rachelle Feldman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Valeda F. Dent at Emory University in Atlanta, Erin Rongers at the University of Arkansas, Maria Rios at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lacey Gordon at Mississippi State University, and Melanie E. Jones at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

  • Professor Darla Goeres of Montana State University Named Professor of the Year by ASTM International

    Professor Darla Goeres of Montana State University Named Professor of the Year by ASTM International [1.6.2022]

    ASTM International – formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials – is the primary organization that develops technical standards for a wide range of materials and other goods. Dr. Goeres was honored for her work developing standards for biofilms.

  • Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

    Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships [1.6.2022]

    The four women scholars who have been appointed to endowed chairs are Amy Weaver at Youngstown State University, Cynthia Richards at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Renee Cunningham-Williams at Arizona State University, and Onnolee Nordstrom at North Dakota State University.

  • Five Women Appointed to Leadership Positions at Georgia State University

    Five Women Appointed to Leadership Positions at Georgia State University [1.6.2022]

    Georgia State University has announced a number of key appointments to leadership positions. Several of the administrators receiving these appointments are women: Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, Nancy Kropf, Corrie Fountain, Cynthia Lester, and Andrea Jones.

  • Study Finds the Pandemic Placed Considerable Stress on Mothers Who Worked in Academia

    Study Finds the Pandemic Placed Considerable Stress on Mothers Who Worked in Academia [1.5.2022]

    Although there have been notable efforts to improve support for women across academia, the results of the present study emphasized that persistent systemic inequities remain. This study further highlights that these gaps grew exponentially for women in academia, especially mothers, due to the impact of the pandemic on home and family.

  • Framingham State University in Massachusetts Appoints Nancy Niemi as Its Eighth President

    Framingham State University in Massachusetts Appoints Nancy Niemi as Its Eighth President [1.5.2022]

    Dr. Niemi has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. Earlier, she was professor and chair of the education department at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

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