Five Women in Higher Education Honored With Prestigious Awards

Mindy Brashears, a professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech University, received the 2018 Distinguished Research Award from the American Meat Science Association. Her research focuses on interventions in pre- and post-harvest environments and on the emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance. Professor Brashears recently was nominated to be under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Professor Brashears is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where she majored in food technology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in food science from Oklahoma State University.

Torrey Trust, an assistant professor in the department of teacher education and curriculum studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received the Making IT Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. The award honors educators who “demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.”

Dr. Trust is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She holds a master’s degree in education technology from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Rene Revis Shingles, a professor in the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at Central Michigan University, was elected into the Hall of Fame of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is the first African American woman to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Dr. Shingles is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in physical and health education. She holds a master’s degree in physical education from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Michigan State University.

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, an associate professor and associate dean for faculty development and academic affairs in the School of Social Work at Boston College, received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Work and Family Researchers Network.

Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes, who holds a joint appointment at the business school of Middlesex University in London, is a graduate of Tufts University in Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree at Boston College and a Ph.D. at Boston University.

Anna Griswold, who recently retired from her post as assistant vice president of undergraduate education and executive director of the Office of Student Aid at Pennsylvania State University, received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

During her 27-year tenure at Penn State, Griswold oversaw the distribution of more than $1 billion in student aid. Griswold is a graduate of Siena College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she majored in sociology. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Memphis.

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