Two Women Named to Endowed Faculty Chairs

● Cynthia B. Dillard was named the Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Georgia. She will assume the endowed professorship in January. Currently, Dr. Dillard is a professor of multicultural education at the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. She is the author of On Spiritual Strivings: Transforming an African-American Woman’s Academic Life.

Professor Dillard is a graduate of Central Washington University. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington State University.

● Laura Dassow Walls was named the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She had been serving as the John H. Bennett Jr. Professor of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. Professor Walls most recent book is The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America.

Professor Walls holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University.

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