Six Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Azra Aksamija has been promoted to associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has taught in the department of architecture at MIT since 2012. Dr. Aksamija is the author of Mosque Manifesto: Propositions for Spaces of Coexistence (Revolver, 2015).

A native of Sarajevo, Dr. Aksamija graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Graz, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT.

Catherine B. Stroud was promoted to associate professor of psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She was also granted tenure. Dr. Stroud’s research focuses on the origins and consequences of depression.

Dr. Stroud is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University of the State University of New York System.

Robin White was named an assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. She was a postdoctoral researcher with the National Animal Nutrition Program. Her research focuses on how the environment is impacted by livestock production.

Dr. White holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in animal sciences from Washington State University.

Deb Markowitz, the outgoing secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, will become a visiting professor at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Earlier in her career, she served for 12 years as secretary of state of Vermont.

Markowitz is a 1983 graduate of the University of Vermont. She earned a law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history and director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, is the new president of the American Catholic Historical Association. She is the author of New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

Dr. Cummings holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Clare McCabe, professor of chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University, was named associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the university.

Professor McCabe holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. at physical chemistry from the University of Sheffield in England.

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