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Georgetown University Task Force Issues Report on Gender Equity in Faculty and Staff

Georgetown University Task Force Issues Report on Gender Equity in Faculty and Staff

As is the case with many research universities, the percentage of women faculty members drops in higher ranks. The report found similar rates of tenure, retention, and compensation. Men tended to receive higher start-up packages than women.

Contra Costa Community College in California Appoints Tia Robinson-Cooper as President

Contra Costa Community College in California Appoints Tia Robinson-Cooper as President

Dr. Robinson most recently served as the provost and vice-president of academic affairs/chief academic officer at Inver Hills Community College, a campus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Academic Study Finds That Men Tend to Make More Extreme Decisions Than Women

Academic Study Finds That Men Tend to Make More Extreme Decisions Than Women

A new study by scholars at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Sydney in Australia finds that men tend to make decisions that are more on the extreme while women are more likely to make moderate decisions. The authors note that the more extreme decisions of men can result in both positive and negative outcomes.

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dr. Somerville has held leadership positions at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Lorain County Community College, Iowa State University, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and most recently Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was executive vice president.

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

Depression Among Pregnant Women Spiked at the Onset of the Pandemic

For the study, Stanford researchers assessed pregnant women both before and after coronavirus-triggered lockdowns took effect in March 2020. In the pre-pandemic group, one in four women showed signs of possible depression. In the post-pandemic group, that figure jumped to more than half of the women surveyed.

Dana Nichols Selected to Lead Georgia Highlands College

Dana Nichols Selected to Lead Georgia Highlands College

Dr. Nichols has served as provost and chief academic officer at the college since 2018. Earlier, she was vice president for academic affairs at Chattanooga State Community College and was an associate professor of both English and Spanish at Gainesville State College, which is now a campus of the University of North Georgia.

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.

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.

Two State University Presidents Announce That They Will Retire Later This Year

Two State University Presidents Announce That They Will Retire Later This Year

Deborah F. Stanley, president of the State University of New York Oswego, announced that she will retire at the end of the year and Elaine C. Collins, president of Northern Vermont University, has announced that she will step down in August.

Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Names Three Women to Endowed Chairs

Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Names Three Women to Endowed Chairs

The three women faculty members at the college who were appointed to endowed chairs are Tina Hall in literature and creative writing, Lydia Hamessley in music, and Quincy Newall in American religious history.

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

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

The women appointed to dean posts are Kelly F. Millenbah at Michigan State University, Kalynda Holton at Tallahassee Community College in Florida, Jillian Wallen at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Lakers at Texas Tech University, Donna Strum at the University of Mississippi, and Gwenda Richburg Greene at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Aviv Regev Wins the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Aviv Regev Wins the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Aviv Regev is an internationally known computational and systems biologist and executive vice president of Genentech Research and Early Development. She is on leave from her faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Five Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Hired to New Positions or Promoted to New Ranks

Five Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Hired to New Positions or Promoted to New Ranks

Taking on new positions or ranks are Cindy Crusto at the Yale School of Medicine, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen at Arizona State University, Abigail Killeen at Arizona State University, Gloria Meredith at Binghamton University of the State University of New York System, and Eliana Perrin at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Thavolia Glymph of Duke University Wins Three Awards From the Organization of American Historians

Thavolia Glymph of Duke University Wins Three Awards From the Organization of American Historians

Thavolia Glymph, the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was honored with three awards for her book on the role of women during the Civil War.

New Administrative Roles for Six Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Six Women in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative positions are Kara Cattani at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, JoAnn Kunkel at the University of South Dakota, Nancy Lynch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Christina Cash at the University of Maine, Jenni Crenshaw at Mississippi State University, and Mary G. Parker at the University of Florida.

The University of Northern Arizona Honors Its First Woman President

The University of Northern Arizona Honors Its First Woman President

The art museum in Old Main on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff will be renamed in honor of the university’s thirteenth president Clara Lovett, who served from 1993 to 2001. She was the first woman to lead one of Arizona’s state universities.

Four Women Scholars in STEM Fields Named to Head Their Academic Departments

Four Women Scholars in STEM Fields Named to Head Their Academic Departments

The four new department heads are Christa Hestekin in chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas, Mary Frecker in mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, Rebecca Nugent in statistics and data science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Sarah Olson in mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

Danielle Wilken Appointed President of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut

Danielle Wilken Appointed President of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut

The University of Bridgeport was recently acquired by Goodwin University in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Bridgeport campus will retain its name and will have independent leadership. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Wilken has been serving as provost and dean of faculty at Goodwin University.

Professor Anna Harvey to Lead the Social Science Research Council

Professor Anna Harvey to Lead the Social Science Research Council

Professor Harvey is a professor of politics at New York University. She also serves as the founding director of the Public Safety Lab a community-engaged research initiative that draws on the dual lenses of social science and data science to provide insight into mass incarceration and recommendations for improvement of the criminal justice system.

Linda Thompson Will Be the Twenty-First President of Westfield State University in Massachusetts

Linda Thompson Will Be the Twenty-First President of Westfield State University in Massachusetts

Dr. Thompson has served as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2017 and previously held a similar position at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Earlier, she served as provost and vice-chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University and dean of nursing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Investigative Report Documents Women's Experiences at the Virginia Military Institute

Investigative Report Documents Women’s Experiences at the Virginia Military Institute

The Virginia Military Institute enrolled its first women cadets enrolled in 1997. Today, women make up only 14 percent of the student body. A new report finds that sexual assault; incidents of gender inequity; a culture of not taking women seriously; double standards for women on matters of dress, social behavior, and sexual behavior are all problems on campus.

Three State Universities Have Selected Women to Be Their Next Provost

Three State Universities Have Selected Women to Be Their Next Provost

Karen Moranski was named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Sonoma State University in California. Francine Conway will be chancellor-provost of the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey and Melissa L. Gilliam has been appointed executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University.

University of Massachusetts Study Analyzes Pregnancy Discrimination Cases in the United States

University of Massachusetts Study Analyzes Pregnancy Discrimination Cases in the United States

Only 8 percent of pregnancy discrimination charges lead to both a monetary benefit for the charging party and some negotiated change in workplace managerial practices. The most startling finding is that employers who were accused of discrimination often fire women employees the same day they learn they are pregnant.

Arapahoe Community College in Litttleton, Colorado, Has Selected Its Next Leader

Arapahoe Community College in Litttleton, Colorado, Has Selected Its Next Leader

Dr. Stephanie Fujii has been serving as vice president of academic affairs at Scottsdale Community College within the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona, a position she has held since 2016. Dr. Fujii will begin her new job on July 12.

Baylor University Scholar's Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Baylor University Scholar’s Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Young women involved in the juvenile justice system are 3.5 times more likely to have a child compared to non-delinquent youth and 30 percent have been pregnant one or more times. Additionally, this population experiences high rates of marijuana and alcohol use as well as high rates of sexually transmitted infections.

Texas Southern University in Houston Names Lesia L. Crumpton as Its Next President

Texas Southern University in Houston Names Lesia L. Crumpton as Its Next President

Since 2019, Dr. Crumpton-Youung has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She also was a tenured full professor inf the department of industrial and systems engineering in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering.

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.

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.

Meredith College to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Music Performance

Meredith College to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Music Performance

Meredith College, an educational institution for women in Raleigh, North Carolina, has announced the addition of a new bachelor’s degree program in music performance. Students will be able to choose from three concentration options: instrumental studies; piano/keyboard studies; and vocal studies.

In Memoriam: Constance Cain Hungerford, 1948-2021

In Memoriam: Constance Cain Hungerford, 1948-2021

Constance Cain Hungerford was the Mari S. Michener Professor Emerita of Art History and Provost Emerita at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She taught at Swarthmore College from 1975 to 2020.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Celine Parreñas Shimizu at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Amanda Thein at the University of Iowa, Danica Hays at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Debra J. Barksdale at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Molly Gribb at Bradley University in Illinois, and Deborah LaVine at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Janet Napolitano Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Council on Education

Janet Napolitano Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Council on Education

Janet Napolitano, who served as president of the University of California System from 2013 to 2020 and currently is a professor of public policy and director of the Center for Security in Politics at the University of California, Berkeley. was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the American Council on Education.

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments in Higher Education

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments in Higher Education

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, have been assigned new duties, or have been promoted.

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Honors University of Kentucky Neuroscientist

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Honors University of Kentucky Neuroscientist

Jill Turner, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, concentrates her research on the pharmacogenomics of addiction, which is a way of applying precision medicine to patients with substance use disorders. She focuses on creating therapy specific to the patient instead of using a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Six Women Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Six Women Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Robin L. Rasor at Duke University, Kimberly D. Whitehead at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Sarah Klaper at Northwestern University, Lavinia Boxill at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Kimberly Shiner at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and Mary Ritayik at the State University of New York.