Five Women Academics Honored With Major Awards

Yolanda V. Edwards, professor of rehabilitation counseling in the School of Education at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, received the Sylvia Walker Education Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitations Concerns. She was honored of innovative curriculum development that has increased the rate of student certification as rehabilitation counselors from 43 percent to 75 percent.

Dr. Edwards holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She earned a doctorate in counselor education at the University of Iowa.

Lee Upton, writer-in-residence and professor of English at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, won the Short Fiction Prize from BOA Editions Ltd. for her collection of stories entitled The Tao of Humiliation. The collection will be published by BOA Editions in 2014. Upton has previously published 12 books.

Dr. Upton is a graduate of Michigan State University. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University of the State University of New York system.

Kisha Daniels, associate professor of education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, received the Endeavor Executive Award from the government of Australia. The award will enable Professor Daniels to spend the current semester at the University of Western Sydney working to incorporate service-learning techniques into the curriculum.

Dr. Daniels has taught at North Carolina Central University since 2004.

Heather Littleton, associate professor of psychology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, has been selected to receive the 2013 Georgia Babladelis Best Paper Award from Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. Littleton was honored for her paper, “Health Risk Behavior and Sexual Assault Among Ethnically Diverse Women.” The paper will be the lead article in March 2013 issue of the journal and Dr. Littleton will be honored at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Littleton is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from Virginia Tech.

Barbara Hines, a professor of journalism and director of the graduate program in mass communication and media studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., received the 2012 Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Dr. Hines is a graduate of the University of Texas. She earned a master’s degree at American University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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