Six Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Joan Cho is a new assistant professor of East Asian studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She was a teaching fellow at Harvard University.

A native of South Korea, Dr. Cho grew up in England. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester in New York and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Jennifer Gimbel was named the senior water policy scholar at the Colorado Water Institute of Colorado State University. From 2014 to 2016, Gimbel was the deputy assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is the former director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Gimbel holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. She also earned a master’s degree at the University of Delaware.

Gina M. Baugh, an associate professor and director of introductory pharmacy practice experiences at West Virginia University, has been given the added duties of director of interprofessional education at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Baugh holds a doctorate from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Virginia M. Kupritz was named the inaugural William H. Swain Professor in communication studies at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Kupritz is the associate director of the School of Communication Studies at the university.

Professor Kupritz joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 1994 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech.

Sukhwinder Bali was appointed assistant professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and an assistant professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Bali holds a master’s degree in soil science from Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. She earned a second master’s degree in natural resource management from North Dakota State University.

Mary Beth Zeni, associate professor of public health at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, is taking on added responsibilities as a member of the Injury Prevention Partnership of the Ohio Department of Health. She will be participating in the Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group.

Dr. Zeni is a graduate of the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.


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