Six Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

Sandra Sharman, a tenured professor at East Georgia State College was appointed vice president of academic and student affairs. She has been serving in the role on an interim basis. Dr. Sharman has been on the faculty at the university since 1997.

Professor Sharman is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She earned a master’s degree in reading education from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon, a professor and an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been given the additional duties of vice president of diversity and inclusion at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Previous roles she has served in during her 13 years at the university are director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and English department chair.

Professor LaMon is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Loa Angeles.

Sarah Laursen was named the new Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Harvard University Art Museums. She is currently the Robert P. Youngman Curator of Asian Art at the Middlebury College Museum of Art and an assistant professor in the department of history of art and architecture at Middlebury College.

Dr. Laursen received a bachelor’s degree in art history and East Asian studies from New York University in 2002. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Wood, clinical associate professor in the department of crop, soil and environmental sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named assistant dean for International and Honors Programs in the university’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. She has been a member of the college’s faculty since 2012.

Dr. Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, a master’s degree in agronomy and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Arkansas.

Kristina Olson will join the psychology department faculty at Princeton University this coming fall. Currently, she serves on the faculty at the University of Washington, where she directs the Social Cognitive Development Lab and has taught since 2013. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Yale University.

Dr. Olson received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.

Lisa E. Farrington was appointed associate dean of the Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was a Distinguished Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Dr. Farrington earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Howard University in 1978. She holds a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree and a doctorate in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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