Three Women Appointed to Named Professorships at Large State Universities

Robin Hemphill was appointed the Dr. Gene N. Peterson Professor of Quality, Safety, and Services at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. She will also serve as associate dean of safety and quality and clinical professor of emergency medicine. She was the chief patient safety officer at the Veterans Health Administration and director of the Veterans Administration National Center for Patient Safety.

Dr. Hemphill is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York. She holds a master of public health degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a medical doctorate from George Washington University.

Laurie Wideman was named the inaugural holder of the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The chair was established through a gift by JoAnne Safrit, an alumna of the university who taught at the University of Texas and the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Wideman joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001. A graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Dr. Wideman holds a master’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson was named a Board of Regents professor at Arizona State University. She is the Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the university.

Professor Tirosh-Samuelson holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Stony Brook University in New York and a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy and Kabbalah from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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