Five Women Faculty Members Honored With Notable Awards

Peggy A. Johnson, dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pennsylvania State University, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute. The award is presented to members who are judged to have advanced the profession, exhibited technical competence, and significantly contributed to public service, research, or practice in the environmental and water resources profession.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she majored in geology. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.

Mercy Mumba, assistant professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, has received the Early Science Investigator Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society. The award is given annually to a nurse scientist who shows potential to develop a sustained program of research to enhance nursing science and practice. Dr. Mumba currently has six funded grants, which mostly concentrate on prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and their co-morbid psychiatric mental health conditions. She is also researching ways to expand the role of nurses in addiction care.

Dr. Mumba holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from the College of Nursing at the University of Texas. At age 29, she was the youngest Ph.D. graduate in the college’s history.

Amy Roth McDuffie, a mathematics professor and associate dean for research and external funding at the College of Education at Washington State University, has received the 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. She is honored for providing exemplary feedback as part of blinded peer-review scholarly manuscripts for the journal Mathematics Teacher Educator.

Dr. Roth McDuffie holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in technology for education from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Maryland.

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, is the recipient of the 2019 International Achievement Award from the Florence Nightingale International Foundation and International Council of Nurses. The award is given to practicing nurses with at least 10 years of experience in a variety of fields. Dr. Fitzpatrick is honored for her significant contribution to nursing education.

Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., an MBA in business management from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in nursing education from New York University.

Paulette Brown Bracy, professor of library science and director of the Office of University Accreditation at North Carolina Central University, is the recipient of the 2019 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association. The award is presented biannually to an individual for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading-related activities and programs.

Dr. Bracy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in library science from the University of Michigan.


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