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Another All Women's College Is Fading Into History

Another All Women’s College Is Fading Into History

The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York, have announced a new strategic plan to combine its separate colleges into one, unified coeducational school. Currently the institution describes itself as five separate colleges spread over two campuses, one of which is Russell Sage College, an all women’s school.

In Memoriam: Ntozake Shange, 1948-2018

In Memoriam: Ntozake Shange, 1948-2018

Shange was a professor of women’s studies at the University of Florida from 2002 to 2006. She was the author of the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

In Memoriam: Sharon Tolbert-Glover, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Sharon Tolbert-Glover, 1940-2018

When Sharon Tolbert-Glover was only 15 years old, she became a nun at the convent of the Servites of Mary in Illinois. When she was assigned to a parish in suburban Chicago, the all-White congregants refused to accept her, causing her to resign from the order. She later had a long career in higher education.

Cornell University Launches Online Exhibit Commemorating Women's Suffrage

Cornell University Launches Online Exhibit Commemorating Women’s Suffrage

The exhibit, “Woman Suffrage at Cornell,” highlights the university’s connections to the suffrage movement through digitized photographs, programs, letters and artifacts from the Jon A. and Virginia Lindseth Woman Suffrage Collection

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in the Academic World

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles in the Academic World

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Martha Nussbaum Wins the 2018 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture

Martha Nussbaum Wins the 2018 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture

The $1 million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture is given annually to thinkers whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Recently appointed to endowed professorships are Rachel DeLue at Princeton University in New Jersey, Jill Harsin at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, Kristen Parent at Michigan State University, and Natalie Diaz at Arizona State University.

Deanna Shemek Wins an Award for the Best Translation of a Woman's Work

Deanna Shemek Wins an Award for the Best Translation of a Woman’s Work

Dr. Shemek, professor of Italian at the University of California, Irvine, was honored by the Society of the Study of Early Modern Women for her translation of Isabelle d’Este: Selected Letters. It is the first translation into English of more than 16,000 letters written by the influential Italian baroness.

Ten Women Appointed to Faculty Positions at Princeton University in New Jersey

Ten Women Appointed to Faculty Positions at Princeton University in New Jersey

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 22 faculty members, including seven full professors, one associate professor, and 14 assistant professors. Ten of the new faculty hires are women.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Honored With Prestigious Awards

Six Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Taiyon J. Coleman of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, Judit Moschkovich at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Maureen Perry-Jenkins at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Cynthia A. Reinhart-King at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Lauren Sansing at Yale University, and Dana Cloud at Syracuse University in New York.

Ten Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Ten Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Each of the 18 new Packard Fellows will receive $875,000 over five years for them to use to pursue their research interests in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, or engineering. This year, one third of the new cohort of Packard Fellows are women

Columbia University Releases Equity Report on the Status of Women Faculty

Columbia University Releases Equity Report on the Status of Women Faculty

After a two-year study on its faculty, Columbia University has released an equity report on the status of women faculty at the university. The report focuses on three divisions (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In the Natural Sciences Division, the report found that 55 percent of women […]

Janet Spriggs Named Seventh President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Janet Spriggs Named Seventh President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dr. Spriggs comes to Forsyth from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where she served as chief operating officer. Earlier, she served as vice president and chief financial officer for the community college.

University of Pennsylvania Study Finds Gender Gap Among High Performing Math Students

University of Pennsylvania Study Finds Gender Gap Among High Performing Math Students

The results of the study showed that among the top 500 highest-scoring 9th grade students participating in the American Mathematics Competition, there was a 4.6-to-1 boys to girls ratio. That gap widens as the students get older; among the top 500 highest-scoring 12th grade students, there was a 7.4-to-1 boys to girls ratio.

New Study Finds One in Ten Low-Income Women Experience Sexual Harassment From Their Landlords

New Study Finds One in Ten Low-Income Women Experience Sexual Harassment From Their Landlords

The harassment included being asked to trade sex for rent, lewd comments, home invasions, and indecent exposure. The women were almost all in their 20s at the time of the incidents and were disproportionately likely to be members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Laura Olson Elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Laura Olson Elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Dr. Olson is J. Strom Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University in South Carolina. She focuses her research on contemporary religion, civic engagement, and American politics. For five years, she served as as editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

In Memoriam: Deborah Welles Hardy, 1928-2018

In Memoriam: Deborah Welles Hardy, 1928-2018

In 1968, Dr. Hardy joined the faculty in the department of history at the University of Wyoming, where she later went on to serve as head of the department. She served as president of the Western Social Science Association.

Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers

Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Sweet Briar College Partners With Google to Offer Computer and Data Science Courses to Women Undergraduates

Sweet Briar College Partners With Google to Offer Computer and Data Science Courses to Women Undergraduates

The program is designed to attract women students who might not consider themselves destined for a technology career. Participants will learn the foundations of computer and data science through hands-on, project-based coursework.

Rutgers University in New Jersey Launches New Gender Studies Major

Rutgers University in New Jersey Launches New Gender Studies Major

The program is the first of its kind in southern New Jersey. Gail Caputo is the founding director of the gender studies major.

Three New Women Assistant Professors at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

Three New Women Assistant Professors at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

Alexis Hill has been named an assistant professor of biology at the highly rated educational institution. Christine Hagan has been named an assistant professor of chemistry and Mahri Leonard-Fleckman has been named an assistant professor of religious studies.

Barnard College Partners With Columbia University to Offer Graduate Degrees in Engineering

Barnard College Partners With Columbia University to Offer Graduate Degrees in Engineering

Through a new partnership between the two institutions, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree from Barnard followed by a master’s degree from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. This 4 + 1 initiative makes Barnard one of the first colleges for women to offer a program of this kind in engineering.

Margaret Spellings to Retire as President of the University of North Carolina System in March

Margaret Spellings to Retire as President of the University of North Carolina System in March

Before taking on her presidency, Spellings served as the U.S. Secretary of Education for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009 and as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to the White House from 2001 to 2005. She has been president of the University of North Carolina Systems since 2016.

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members in Higher Education

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members in Higher Education

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

University of Montana Scholar Wins Two Book Awards From the Western History Association

University of Montana Scholar Wins Two Book Awards From the Western History Association

Rosalyn LaPier is an associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Montana. This is the first time that a Native American woman has won a book award from the Western History Association as a stand-alone author.

A Quartet of Women Appointed to Dean Positions at State Universities

A Quartet of Women Appointed to Dean Positions at State Universities

Newly appointed to dean positions are Lynn Sargeant at South Dakota State University, Regina Carlow at the University of New Mexico, Jan Hirsh at the University of California, Irvine, and Dana Bradley at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Smita Bhatia Receives the Outstanding Investigator Award From the National Cancer Institute

Smita Bhatia Receives the Outstanding Investigator Award From the National Cancer Institute

Smita Bhatia is the director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bhatia also serves as vice chair for outcomes research in the university’s department of pediatric oncology.

Three Women in New Faculty Positions at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Three Women in New Faculty Positions at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty has been named an assistant professor with a courtesy appointment in the College of Law. Katina Michael has been named professor of informatics and decision systems engineering and Christy Spackman has been named an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the arts, media, and engineering departments.

Seven Women in Academia Presented With Prestigious Honors or Awards

Seven Women in Academia Presented With Prestigious Honors or Awards

Here is a listing of women faculty members or administrators in higher education who have been honored by colleges and universities or who have received notable awards from other organizations.

New Administrative Duties for 10 Women at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Duties for 10 Women at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: Ruth D. Gates, 1962-2018

In Memoriam: Ruth D. Gates, 1962-2018

Ruth D. Gates was the director and researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa. She had been serving as president of the International Society for Reef Studies since 2015.

Does Educational Research Authored by Women Have More Impact Than Male-Authored Research?

Does Educational Research Authored by Women Have More Impact Than Male-Authored Research?

Research on educational topics where a woman is the lead author is more likely to be read by undergraduates, master’s degree students, and junior researchers than male-authored research within the same narrow subject field. However, articles written by women are less often to be accessed by professional and senior academic readers.