New Assignments in the Academic World for 14 Women Faculty Members

Beth Zilberman has been appointed director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She previously taught an immigration clinic and was a teaching fellow at Michigan State University’s College of Law.

Zilberman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and a juris doctorate from Boston College.

Carmen Pereira-Muro has been named chair of the department of classical and modern languages and literatures at Texas Tech University. She is a professor of Spanish language and literature and has served as associate department chair since 2015.

Dr. Pereira-Muro earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and history from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Supriya Mohile was named the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor at the University of Rochester. She will retain her appointments as professor of oncology and professor of surgery.

Dr. Mohile holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University, a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in health services research from the University of Chicago.

Thirty Umigar has been named a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She is a professor in the department of English and author of Bombay Time: A Novel (Picador, 2002).

Dr. Umigar holds a bachelor’s degree from Bombay University in India, a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University in Ohio.

Leslie Kirby has been named director of immersion experiences for Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She is a principal senior lecturer in human and organizational development.

Dr. Kirby holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Erin Baker has been named associate dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department and director of the IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program.

Dr. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkley, a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in engineering economic systems and operations research from Stanford University.

Jeanine Basinger has been appointed as special advisor to the president at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She will be assisting the president with matters relating to Wesleyan Film. She will be stepping away from her full-time teaching position as the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies.

Professor Basinger holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from South Dakota State University.

Maggie Burnette Stogner has been appointed executive director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University in Washington, D.C.. She has more than 30 years in documentary filmmaking experience including nine years as a senior producer at National Geographic.

Stogner is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she double majored in French literature and film. She holds a master’s degree in communication and documentary film from Stanford University.

Kimbery See has been named an assistant professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. See holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Danna Kang Thomas has been appointed assistant professor of economics at the University of South Carolina. This will be her first position since completing her doctorate last spring.

Dr. Kang Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Auburn University in Alabama. She earned two master’s degrees in economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from Colombia University in New York City.

Tripti Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of Earth sciences, has been named the second Thonis Family Professor at Syracuse University. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Bhattacharya is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in environmental science. She earned her Ph.D. in geography with a specialization in paleoclimatology and paleoecology from the University of California, Berkley.

Elizabeth Margulis has been promoted to Distinguished Professor in the department of music at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to the university, she was a faculty member in the music cognition program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Margulis holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Colombia University.

Lauren Provost has been named an assistant professor of computer science at Simmons University in Boston. She was the director of STEM outreach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dr. Provost holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire.

Tameka Winston has been appointed interim associate vice president of research and institutional advancement at Tennessee State University. She currently serves as a professor in the communications department.

Dr. Winston holds a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University in Mississippi, a master’s degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a doctorate in education from Tennessee State University.


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