Nine Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Tammy L. Haut Donahue has been named head of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a professor and associate department head for undergraduate studies in the department of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University.

Dr. Haut Donahue holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering both from the University of California, Davis.

Karen Taliaferro has been named an affiliate scholar for the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia. She is an assistant professor in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.

Dr. Taliaferro holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a master’s degree in government and a Ph.D. in government and Islamic studies, both from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Mary Beth Oliver has been named the inaugural Donald P. Bellisario Professor of Media Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She has been a faculty member at Penn State since 1998.

Dr. Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Paula Ferrada has been named chair of the Young Fellows Association of the American College of Surgeons and secretary of the Panamerican Trauma Society. She is a professor of surgery in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ferrada holds a medical degree from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia.

Krista Wallace-Boaz has been appointed chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Louisville. She is a professor of piano, assistant dean for student programs, and the director of graduate studies in the School of Music

Dr. Wallace-Boaz holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Louisville. She earned a master’s degree in music and a doctor of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.

Ann Forsyth has been named editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association. She is a professor of urban planning and director of the master in urban planning degree program in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Dr. Forsyth holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

Sarah Church has been named senior associate vice provost for teaching and learning at Stanford University, effective January 2019. She currently serves as a physics professor and has been a Stanford faculty member since 1999.

Dr. Church holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England.

Bayo Holsey has been named acting associate professor of anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta. She was an associate professor of history at Rutgers University.

Dr. Holsey holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Emory University and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University.

Tera Hunter has been named the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. She has been a Princeton faculty member since 2007, with previous teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hunter earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University, and a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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