Ten Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New or Expanded Roles in the Academic World

Rachel Parker has been named a professional practice assistant professor of nursing at Utah State University Moab. She is a registered nurse with eight years of experience in nursing including in emergency room, labor and delivery, and operating room settings.

Professor Parker is currently completing her master’s degree in nursing.

Heather Rimes has been named director of the master of public affairs degree program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She has been an assistant professor of public administration and public policy at the university since 2015.

Dr. Rimes is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where she majored in international affairs and Spanish. She holds a master of public administration degree from the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia.

Tonya Smith-Jackson has been named senior vice provost for academic affairs at North Carolina A&T State University. She has held numerous roles at the university over the past six years including professor, chair of the department of industrial and systems engineering, and interim director of the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity, Research, Education, and Outreach.

Dr. Smith-Jackson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in psychology/ergonomics and interdisciplinary industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology/ergonomics both from North Carolina State University.

Barbara Krauthamer has been named senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She currently serves as dean of the Graduate School, and will continue to serve in this role in addition to her new appointment. Dr. Krauthamer is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Dr. Krauthamer holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey.

Amy Hillman has been voted vice president-elect and program chair-elect of the Academy of Management. She is a professor of management and dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Dr. Hillman holds a doctorate in strategic management and business and public policy from Texas A&M University.

Jaqueline Leonard has been named co-editor of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. She is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Leonard is a graduate of St. Louis University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Kelly Terry has been named the associate dean for experimental learning and clinical programs at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She is the Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law at the Bowen School.

Professor Terry is a summa cum laude graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she majored in English. She holds a law degree from the University of Arkansas.

Denise Ross has been named chair of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as an associate professor of psychology at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Ross is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in secondary education. She holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in special education with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Jill J. McCluskey has been named director of the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. She is a Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor of Sustainability and has served as associate director of the school since 2015. Dr. McCluskey is the first woman director of the School of Economic Sciences.

Dr. McCluskey is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she double majored in business economics and political science. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Wayne has been named head of the department of biomedical engineering and mathematics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. She currently serves as a faculty member and associate chair of biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Wayne is a summa cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech where she majored in engineering sciences and mechanics. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.

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