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In Memoriam: Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1934-2021

In Memoriam: Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1934-2021

Nearly, a decade after she was not allowed to enroll at what is now the University of Memphis because of the color of her skin, Dr. Decosta-Wilis was hired as the university’s first Black faculty member. During her more than 40-year career, Dr. Decosta-Wilis also taught at Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Howard University in Washington, D.C., George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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.

Modern Language Association Presents Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award to Susan Gubar

Modern Language Association Presents Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award to Susan Gubar

Susan Gubar, a distinguished professor emerita of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, was honored with the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award from the Modern Language Association. Professor Gubar joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1973. Beginning her career at a time when men far outnumbered women in academia, […]

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Laurie Owen at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, Peggy Keiper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lori Martin at Louisiana State University, Diane Marie Amann at the University of Georgia, and Stacy L. Leeds at Arizona State University.

Caltech's Viviana Gradinaru Wins Young Investigator Award From the Society for Neuroscience.

Caltech’s Viviana Gradinaru Wins Young Investigator Award From the Society for Neuroscience.

The award, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated understanding of the mammalian brain in health and disease. Dr. Gradinaru’s research focuses on deep brain stimulation procedures for treating human neurodegenerative disorders.

New Administrative Appointments for Six Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments for Six Women in Higher Education

Taking on New roles are Stephanie Coleman at East Carolina University, Agnessa Vartanova at the University of Colorado, Erin Hedlun at Evangel University in Missouri, Mary Jo Daniel at the University of New Mexico, Lily E. West at the University of Virginia, and Nontalie Morrow at the University of Georgia.

University of California , Merced Scholar Awarded the Joanne Simpson Medal From the American Geophysical Union

University of California , Merced Scholar Awarded the Joanne Simpson Medal From the American Geophysical Union

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe holds the Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology and is associate dean of the graduate division at the University of California, Merced. The main focus of her research is to understand the effect of changing environmental conditions on vital soil processes.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Named to Lead Their Academic Departments

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Named to Lead Their Academic Departments

Adrienne C. Lahti has been named chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Emily Kinsky was appointed head of the department of communication at West Texas A&M University and Adele Turzillo is the new head of the department of animal science at Pennsylvania State University.

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions

Terri Shelton was appointed interim provost at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Malou C. Harrison is the new provost of Miami Dade College in Florida.

The Gender Gap in Financing Doctoral Education

The Gender Gap in Financing Doctoral Education

About one out of every five women who earned a doctorate paid for their degrees primarily from their own funds or saving. For men who earned doctorates in 2019, only 11.4 percent used their own funds or savings as the primary source for paying for their education. The average graduate student debt for women was 41 percent higher than the average for men.

Naelys Luna Is the Founding Dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University

Naelys Luna Is the Founding Dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Luna has been serving as interim dean since July 2019 and previously was a professor of social work at the university. Her research focuses on substance use disorders, mood disorders, spirituality, parental roles, mental health outcomes in minorities, and psychosocial functioning.

College Athletic Powerhouses Receive a Grade of F in Gender Equity in Leadership Posts

College Athletic Powerhouses Receive a Grade of F in Gender Equity in Leadership Posts

In the Fall of 2020, there were 23 women who served as president or chancellor of the 130 educational institutions that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA’s Division I. There are only 12 women among the 130 athletic directors at these colleges and universities.

The First Woman Dean of the Business School at Benedict College in South Carolina

The First Woman Dean of the Business School at Benedict College in South Carolina

Tracey H. Dunn has been serving as interim dean for the past three years. She has served on the faculty at Benedict College for 18 years. Previously, she worked in the corporate sector for IBM and AT&T.

Study Examines the Athletic Performance of Transgender Women

Study Examines the Athletic Performance of Transgender Women

Of the 200,000 women who participate in college sports, it is estimated that about 50 are transgender athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association requires that transgender women undergo testosterone suppression treatment for a year before becoming eligible for women’s events. A new study argues that one year is not enough to ensure fair competition.

In Memoriam: Judy Yung, 1946-2020

In Memoriam: Judy Yung, 1946-2020

After working as a librarian. Dr. Yung was hired by the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990 to establish an Asian studies program. She taught there until her retirement in 2004.

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.

Mississippi State University Acquires the Janice Cleary Sheet Music Collection

Mississippi State University Acquires the Janice Cleary Sheet Music Collection

A resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Janice Cleary assembled one of the largest sheet music collections in the United States, spanning over 175 years and containing nearly 50,000 pieces featuring a wide variety of composers.

In Memoriam: Patricia Ann Kearney, 1943-2020

In Memoriam: Patricia Ann Kearney, 1943-2020

In her 28-year career at the University of California, Davis from 1974 to 2002, Pat Kearney was involved in every aspect of student housing, ultimately serving as the executive director of Student Housing and Financial Aid.

Three Women Who Have Retired from High-Level Positions at State Universities

Three Women Who Have Retired from High-Level Positions at State Universities

The three women who have retired from their university posts are Elizabeth Titus, former dean of the library at New Mexico State University, Dianne Debeixedon, an associate professor or art at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and Sue Keiser, assistant to the chancellor at the University of Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Lydia Averell Hurd Smith, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Lydia Averell Hurd Smith, 1929-2020

Lydia Smith was founder of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at what is now Simmons University in Boston. She served on the faculty at Simmons for 28 years.

Six Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles or Duties

Six Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles or Duties

The women faculty members taking on new assignments are Ajla Aksamija at the University of Massachusetts, Anna Huff Mercovich at Hamilton College in New York, Diane Ryan at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, Cathy Creighton at Cornell University, Mary Sullivan at the University of Rhode Island, and Kristi Perryman at the University of Arkansas.

Elena Past of Wayne State University Wins Book Award From the Modern Language Association

Elena Past of Wayne State University Wins Book Award From the Modern Language Association

Elena Past, professor of Italian at Wayne State University in Detroit, was selected to receive the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association. The award honors an outstanding book in the field of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Women to Dean Positions

Lisa Hammersley was appointed dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Sacramento State University in California. Ashley M. Stokes was appointed dean of University of Tennessee Extension and Karen K. Petersen has been named dean of the Kendall College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Moon-Sook Park Wins Academic Excellence Award From the Korean-American University Professors Association

Moon-Sook Park Wins Academic Excellence Award From the Korean-American University Professors Association

Moon-Sook Park is an associate professor of voice in the department of music at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Park began her professional singing career in Europe. She made her U.S. debut with a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2001.

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Heather M. Messina at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Sherri Braxton at Bowdoin College in Maine, Shana L. Warkentine Meyer at McPherson College in Kansas, Pepper Jo Six at the University of Wyoming, and Elizabeth McClanahan at Virginia Tech.

University of Missouri's Marsha Richens Wins a Top Honor in the Field of Consumer Research

University of Missouri’s Marsha Richens Wins a Top Honor in the Field of Consumer Research

Marsha Richins is a professor of marketing who holds the Bailey K. Howard World Book Chair of Marketing at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. was named a 2020 Association of Consumer Research Fellow. She is only the 30th person to be honored with the designation since the organization was founded in 1980.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Positions at Colleges and Universities

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Positions at Colleges and Universities

Jianghong Liu has been named the Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Transitions at the University of Pennsylvania. Syd Carpenter was appointed to the Peggy Chan Professorship in Black Studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Gannit Ankori was named the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Gender Differences in the Age of Doctoral Degree Recipients in the United States

Gender Differences in the Age of Doctoral Degree Recipients in the United States

On average, women who earned doctorates were 31.9 years old when they received their doctoral degrees. For men, the average age was 31.3. But when we break the figures down by age group, we see more pronounced differences.

Sally McRorie Appointed President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Sally McRorie Appointed President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Dr. McRorie is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines.

The Gender Gap in Faculty Positions at the University of Michigan

The Gender Gap in Faculty Positions at the University of Michigan

Data from the University of Michigan shows that in 2019, women make up 35 percent of all tenured or tenure-track faculty at the university. As is the case nationally, the gender gap is the most pronounced at the full professor level.

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna Will Be the Next  President of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna Will Be the Next President of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York

Dr. Burt-Nanna has been serving as vice president of student and academic affairs for South Central College, which has campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, Minnesota. Earlier, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at Baker College in Muskegon, Michigan.

Women Are Far Less Likely Than Men to Die as a Result of Work-Related Injuries, But the Gap is Shrinking

Women Are Far Less Likely Than Men to Die as a Result of Work-Related Injuries, But the Gap is Shrinking

New statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in 2019, 437 women died from work-related injuries. This was 8.2 percent of all work-related fatalities due to injury. But the number of fatalities suffered by women due to work-related injuries is up 27 percent from 2015.

University of New Mexico Scholar Named Chair-Elect of the Council of Graduate Schools

University of New Mexico Scholar Named Chair-Elect of the Council of Graduate Schools

Julie Coonrod is a professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering and dean of graduate studies at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Coonrod will serve as chair-elect during 2021 and become chair of the Council of Graduate Schools on January 1, 2022. 

In Memoriam: Sherrell Virginia Martin, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: Sherrell Virginia Martin, 1940-2020

After teaching at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1979 Dr. Martin joined the music department faculty at the Univerity of North Carolina at Wilmington. She taught there for nearly 40 years.