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Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

In Memoriam: Ruth Evelyn Randall Benson, 1929 - 2020

In Memoriam: Ruth Evelyn Randall Benson, 1929 – 2020

In 1983, Ruth Benson was appointed commissioner of education for Minnesota. She was the first woman to hold the position and only the sixth woman in history to be the top educational administrator in any state.

Three Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Women to Dean Positions

Three Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Women to Dean Positions

Newly appointed to dean positions are Vicki Mazur at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, Maria Galli Stampino at the Univerity of Miami in Florida, and Deborah Uman at Weber State Univerity in Ogden, Utah.

Harvard University's Catherine Dulac Awarded the $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Harvard University’s Catherine Dulac Awarded the $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Catherine Dulac, the Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences and the Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, has been awarded a 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her pioneering work identifying the neural circuitry that regulates parenting behavior in both males and females.

Three Women Join the English Department Faculty at Arizona State University

Three Women Join the English Department Faculty at Arizona State University

The department of English at Arizona State University has recruited five additional faculty to its programs in film and media studies and secondary education this fall. Three of the new hires are women: Lisa Han, Stacey Moran, and Katherine Morrissey.

University of Kentucky's Cheryl Matias Honored by the American Educational Research Association

University of Kentucky’s Cheryl Matias Honored by the American Educational Research Association

Professor Cheryl Matias’ research and teaching are primarily focused on racial justice in education. But, she also is committed to efforts to remove barriers in academia that often impact women, faculty of color, and mothers.

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

The women in new administrative posts are Angela Poole at Talladega College in Alabama, Karisssa Hoffman at Bethany College in Kansas, Deborah Alston at Virginia Union University, Shirelle Briscoe at Bowie State University in Maryland, Jessica Borusky at the University of North Florida, and Brooke H. Jones at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Julie-Ann Scott Pollock Wins Book Award From the National Communication Association

Julie-Ann Scott Pollock Wins Book Award From the National Communication Association

Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, communication studies professor and director of performance studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has been named the recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies from the National Communication Association.

Six Women Appointed to Tenure-Track Faculty Posts at Macalester College in Minnesota

Six Women Appointed to Tenure-Track Faculty Posts at Macalester College in Minnesota

Macalester College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced that there are six new tenure-track faculty on campus this fall. All six are women.

Women Are Making Vast Progress in Academic Psychology But Gender Gaps Remain

Women Are Making Vast Progress in Academic Psychology But Gender Gaps Remain

The study finds that although substantial progress has been made, “women in psychological science who secure tenure-track positions publish less, are cited less, hold fewer grants, are less likely to be represented in the field’s most eminent roles, and do not earn salaries comparable with those of men.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst Names the Next Dean of Its Graduate School

University of Massachusetts Amherst Names the Next Dean of Its Graduate School

Jacqueline Urla is chair and professor of anthropology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a linguistic and political anthropologist who has conducted long-term ethnographic research on Basque language and cultural politics.

Women Being Shut Out of College and University Varsity Programs in Esports

Women Being Shut Out of College and University Varsity Programs in Esports

A new study from North Carolina State University reports that the rapidly growing field of collegiate esports is effectively becoming a two-tiered system, with club-level programs that are often supportive of gender diversity being clearly distinct from well-funded varsity programs that are dominated by men.

Jennifer Rawlinson Elected to Lead the American Veterinary Dental College

Jennifer Rawlinson Elected to Lead the American Veterinary Dental College

Over the last seven years, Dr. Rawlinson built and led the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. Her team provides comprehensive dental, oral and maxillofacial evaluations for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, livestock, llamas, and alpacas.

Indiana University Study Examines Women's Worldwide Use of Dating Apps

Indiana University Study Examines Women’s Worldwide Use of Dating Apps

Researchers surveyed more than 130,000 women in 191 countries. They found that one fifth of all women used dating apps to find sexual partners. The practice was most common in Oceania and least common in Africa and Asia. Women in countries with higher gender inequality reported being more than four times more likely to report sexting than women in more egalitarian regions.

Christen Crouch to Be the Next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bard College in New York

Christen Crouch to Be the Next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bard College in New York

Dr. Crouch has been an associate professor of history and director of American studies at Bard College since 2014. Her research focuses on the histories of the early modern Atlantic, comparative slavery, American material culture, and Native American and Indigenous studies.

In Memoriam: Florence Rosenfeld Howe, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Florence Rosenfeld Howe, 1929-2020

Dr. Howe began her academic career at Hofstra University and then Queens College in New York, In 1957, she joined the faculty at Goucher College in Baltimore. After establishing the Feminist Press in 1970, she joined the faculty at SUNY-Old Westbury.

Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers

Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

In Memoriam: Catherine McNamee, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: Catherine McNamee, 1931-2020

Sister Catherine McNamee served as president of what is now St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Minnesota, from 1979 to 1984. She was the first woman president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Eight Women Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Eight Women Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Revamps Its Women's and Gender Studies Offerings

University of Missouri-Kansas City Revamps Its Women’s and Gender Studies Offerings

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced it is combining its Black studies, Latin American studies, and women’s studies programs into a new academic department. The new Race, Ethnic, and Gender/Sexuality department.

Emory University Acquires the Personal Papers of Kathleen Cleaver

Emory University Acquires the Personal Papers of Kathleen Cleaver

Kathleen Cleaver served as the communications secretary of the Black Panther Party. Later in her career, she served on the faculty at the Emory University School of Law.

American Chemical Society Recognizes the Work of Kristin Bowman-James

American Chemical Society Recognizes the Work of Kristin Bowman-James

Kristin Bowman-James, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will be the recipient of the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry. She is only the second woman to receive the award since its inception in 1962.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

The new holders of endowed chairs are Mykel Taylor at Auburn University in Alabama, Alice Squires at Washington State University, Renée Crichlow at the University of Minnesota, Susan Stryker at Mills College in Oakland, California, and Kathryn Lofton at Yale University.

Women's Studies Department at the University of Maryland Named to Honor Harriet Tubman

Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland Named to Honor Harriet Tubman

Harriett Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland. After escaping to the North, she made numerous returns to the South to lead dozens of slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, she served a spy, scout, and nurse for the Union Army.

New Administrative Assignments for Eight Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Assignments for Eight Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

University of Louisville's Manju Ahuja Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the Academy of Management

University of Louisville’s Manju Ahuja Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the Academy of Management

Dr. Ahuja, Frazier Family Professor of Computer Information Systems in the University of Louisville College of Business, received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management’s Organizational Communication and Information Systems division.

Three Women Join the Faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Three Women Join the Faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has welcomed four new full-time faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year. Three of the new faculty members are women: Kara Anderson in cinema studies, Carrie Hart in English, and Phyllis Pancella in music.

Companies' Parental Leave Policies Stigmatize Women as Less Essential

Companies’ Parental Leave Policies Stigmatize Women as Less Essential

A new study found that the majority of Fortune 500 companies have paid parental leave policies that offer substantially more leave to mothers than to fathers. The authors found that one third of these companies offer twice as much leave to mothers as to fathers. This signals that mothers are the ones who should take time off.

Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Lead the University of Wollongong in Australia

Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Lead the University of Wollongong in Australia

In 2013, Dr. Patricia Davidson was named the fourth dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. When she begins her new duties on May 1, she will be the first woman and first alumna to serve as vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong, a public research university about 50 miles south of Sydney, Australia.

Yale Medical School Study Discovers Why Women Are Less Likely Than Men to Die From the Coronavirus

Yale Medical School Study Discovers Why Women Are Less Likely Than Men to Die From the Coronavirus

Around the world, men account for about 60 percent of deaths from COVID-19. In England, researchers studying 17 million adults found that men could face nearly twice the risk of death from the disease as women. A new study by researchers at Yale Medical School offers an explanation for why this is so.

Anne Williamson to Direct the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Anne Williamson to Direct the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Williamson joins the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she served as the Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Professor of Urban Affairs and director of the L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs. Earlier, she taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Alabama.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Working Women in the United States

The Impact of COVID-19 on Working Women in the United States

A year ago the unemployment rate for both men and women over the age of 20 was a very low 3.3 percent. When the pandemic struck and the U.S. economy shut down, the unemployment rate for women over the age of 20 shot up to 15.5 percent in April, compared to 13 percent for adult men. Since that time, the gender gap has shrunk.

Medical School Professor Selected to Lead the Hawaiʻi Department of Health

Medical School Professor Selected to Lead the Hawaiʻi Department of Health

Elizabeth “Libby” Char, an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been chosen by Hawai’i; Governor David Ige to serve as interim director of the Hawaiʻi Department of Health.