New Assignments in Higher Education for Eleven Women Scholars

Catherine Lindell has been named editor-in-chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications, one of two peer-reviewed journals published by the American Ornithological Society. She is an associate professor in the department of integrative biology at Michigan State University.

Dr. Lindell’s research explores the behavior and ecology of birds and how they contribute to ecological functioning and ecosystem services. She is the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The Condor in its 120-year history.

Siobhan Craige has been named an assistant professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech. Her research aims to elucidate the mechanisms by which diet and exercise influence vascular health, ultimately contributing to the prevention of cardiometabolic disease.

Dr. Craige holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry both from Emory University in Atlanta.

Melanye Price was appointed Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She was an associate professor of Africana studies and political science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Price’s most recent book is The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (New York University Press, 2016). She is a magna cum laude graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where she majored in geography. Professor Price earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at Ohio State University.

Telissah Williams has been named interim chair of the division of fine arts and humanities at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. She has been a member of the LeMoyne-Owen College faculty since 2010.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Memphis, a master of education in instructional technology from American Continental University and a master’s degree in Spanish language education from Nova Southeastern University.

Vanessa K. Valdés has been named director of the Black studies program at the City College of New York. She is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and has been a CCNY faculty member since 2007.

Dr. Valdés holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a Ph.D in Spanish and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Consuelo Wilkins has been named to the newly created positions of vice president for health equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and associate dean for health equity at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She currently serves as associate professor of medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

Dr. Wilkins holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a medical doctorate both from Howard University.

Deborah Ryan has been named director of the master of urban design program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught at university since 1985 and currently serves as a professor of architecture and urban design.

Professor Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University.

Nicole M. Mitchell has been named the William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies, director of the jazz studies program, and professor in the department of music at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as a professor of music at the University of California, Irvine.

Professor Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Chicago State University and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Jung Sun Lee has been named UGA Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. She has been a faculty member at the university since 2007.

Dr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree both in food and nutrition from Seoul National University in South Korea and a Ph.D. in community nutrition from Cornell University.

Donna Potts has been named chair of the department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. She joined the faculty in 2013 after a 22-year teaching career at Kansas State University.

Dr. Potts holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree both in English from the University of Missouri.

Tanisha M. Jackson has been named executive director of the Community Folk Arts Center and professor of practice in the department of African American studies at Syracuse University in New York. She was assistant director of the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center at Ohio State University.

Dr. Jackson holds an MBA from the University of Toledo, and a master’s degree in African American and African studies and a Ph.D. in art education both from Ohio State University.

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