New Faculty Roles for Six Women in Academia

Lisa Berreau, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Utah State University, was appointed associate vice president for research and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the university. She has been serving as executive associate dean for the College of Sciences.

Dr. Berreau is a graduate of Mankato State University in Minnesota, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University.

Alicia Graf Mack was appointed director of the Dance Division at The Julliard School in New York City. She has been serving as an adjunct dance instructor at the University of Houston and a visiting assistant professor of dance at Webster University in St. Louis. Mack is a former performer for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Mack is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in history. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Meera Komarraju, a professor of psychology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, will take on the added duties as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dr. Komarraju began her teaching career as a lecturer at the university in 1986.

Dr. Komarraju is a graduate of Nizam University in India. She holds a master’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Osmania University in India. Professor Komarraju earned a second doctorate in applied social psychology at the University of Cincinnati.

Terri Norton, an associate professor of construction engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was appointed associate dean for students and strategic initiatives and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She has served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska since 2007.

Dr. Norton is a graduate of Florida State University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Florida A&M University.

Katherine Hawkins, a professor of communication and dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University in Virginia, was named as the next vice provost for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, effective June 25. Earlier, she was chair of the department of communication studies at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Professor Hawkins is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in psychology and sociology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in speech communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sheretta Butler-Barnes was promoted to associate professor at the Brown School of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. She was also granted tenure. Dr. Butler-Barnes joined the faculty at the university in 2012.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Butler-Barnes earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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