Ten Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Preeti Malani, a clinical professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, was named chief health officer at the university. Dr. Malani is an expert in infectious diseases and geriatric medicine.

Dr. Malani is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a medical doctorate at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Gwen Bachman, an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the new interim director of the University Honors Program. She joined the faculty at the university in 1998.

Dr. Bachman is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wendy Elizabeth Braund was hired as a professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. She will also be the director of the Center for Public Health Practice. She has been serving as a public health officer for the state of Wyoming.

Dr. Braund is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she double majored in psychology and English. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, a medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Dawn Blasko, an associate professor of psychology and chair of the elementary and early childhood education program at Pennsylvania State University-Erie, was appointed executive director of the University Faculty Senate. Dr. Blasko has taught at Penn State for more than 23 years.

Dr. Blasko is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she majored in psychology. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in cognitive and language sciences at Binghamton University in New York.

Catherine Lucy, a professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, was appointed executive vice dean for the medical school. She will continue in her role as vice dean for education.

Before joining the faculty at the university in 2011. Dr. Lucy was vice dean for education in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University. She earned her medical degree at Northwestern University.

Anne Goodsell was promoted to associate professor of physics at Middlebury College in Vermont. She was also granted tenure. She joined the faculty at the highly rated liberal arts college in 2010.

Dr. Goodsell is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University.

Kate Mamiseishvili, an associate professor of higher education and chair of the department of rehabilitation, human resources, and communication disorders at the University of Arkansas, has been given the additional duties as associate dean for academic and student affairs.

Dr. Mamiseishvili is a graduate of Akaki Tsereteli State University in the Republic of Georgia. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri.

Amy Csizmar Dalal was promoted to full professor of computer science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She joined the faculty at the college in 2003.

Dr. Csizmar Dalal is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Katherine L. Dec, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the new president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. The society has 3,400 members.

Dr. Dec is a graduate of Albion College in Michigan. She earned her medical degree at Michigan State University.

Anne Holton will join the faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she will hold appointments as a visiting professor in the School of Policy and Government and the College of Education and Human Development. She is the former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Holton is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. She earned a juris doctorate at Harvard Law School.

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