Nine Women Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Nancy L. Rose, the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was appointed chair of the department of economics. Professor Rose has served on the faculty at MIT since 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1995.

Dr. Rose is a magna cum laude graduate of Havard University, where she majored in economics and government. She earned a Ph.D. in economics at MIT.

Nicole Hodges Persley, associate professor and chair of the department of theatre at the University of Kansas, was given the added duties of associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is the author of the forthcoming book Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Dr. Persley is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in French. She holds a master’s degree in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California.

Dianne Bragg, an assistant professor of journalism and creative media at the University of Alabama, was named president of the American Journalism Historical Association. She will serve a one-year term as president of the association.

Dr. Bragg joined the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2011. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communications at the University of Alabama.

Gail Carlson, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is the inaugural director of the Buck Lab for the Environment and Climate Change at the college. She is the former associate director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby.

Dr. Carlson earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Caroline Hughes was named to the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh C.S.C. Chair in Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She has been serving as head of the Division of Peace Studies and International Development and a professor of conflict resolution at the University of Bradford in England.

Dr. Hughes is the author or co-author of several books including Dependent Communities: Aid and Politics in Cambodia and East Timor (Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2009). She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Hull in England.

Dympna Callaghan, the William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters at Syracuse University in New York, was named a University Professor. Professor Callaghan has served on the Syracuse University faculty for 28 years. She is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Hamlet: Language and Writing (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Professor Gallaghan is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England. She earned a master’s degree in American studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Sussex University in England.

Sami Schalk is a new assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an assistant professor of English at the University at Albany of the State University of New York System.

Dr. Schalk is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she majored in women’s studies and creative writing. She holds a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in gender studies from Indiana University.

Mary Beth D. Trubitt, research professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, was named editor of Southeastern Archaeology, the official journal of the Southwestern Archaeological Conference.

Dr. Trubitt is the director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Research Station at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

Christine Turley, a professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, has been given the added duties of executive director of the new Research Center for Transforming Health at the university. Dr. Turley has been on the university’s faculty since 2012.

Dr. Turley is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she majored in biology. She earned her medical degree at the University of Miami.

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