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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.

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: Marian Fullerton Brown St. Onge, 1944-2021

In Memoriam: Marian Fullerton Brown St. Onge, 1944-2021

At Boston College. Dr. St. Onge taught both French language and literature, in addition to directing the women’s studies program, serving as the coordinator of the French language program, and later becoming the founding director of the Center for International Partnerships and Programs, a position she held for 15 years.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Five Women to Dean Positions

Colleges and Universities Appoint Five Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Nathania Montes at the College of DuPage in Illinois, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto at the University of Arkansas, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Sonia Cardenas at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Julia Wilson at Hampton University in Virginia.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Six Women Faculty Members

New Assignments in Higher Education for Six Women Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Melissa Sanchez at the University of Pennsylvania, Roslyn Satchel at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, Roslyn Satchel at Barnard College in New York City, Ebony Copeland at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Melissa C. Johnson at Pennsylvania State University, and Chantel Smith at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Pamela Björkman to Receive a Major International Award Recognizing Outstanding Women Scientists

Pamela Björkman to Receive a Major International Award Recognizing Outstanding Women Scientists

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize is presented by The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Björkman is being recognized for “discovering key aspects of the immune system that are helping to direct better treatment for infection from viruses and other diseases.” The prize includes a $100,000 honorarium.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Ten Women to Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Ten Women to Administrative Positions

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

Susan Briante of Arizona State University Wins the 2021 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism

Susan Briante of Arizona State University Wins the 2021 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism

The award given by the Poetry Foundation, which includes a cash prize, honors the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year. The honor can be awarded for biographies, essay collections, and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.

Six Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed University Positions

Six Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed University Positions

The six women appointed to endowed posts are Sharon Meyer at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Ruth O’Reagan at the University of Rochester in New York, Karen Winey at the University of Pennsylvania, Leela Gandhi at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Maya Steinitz at the University of Iowa College of Law, and Sherra St. Clair at the University of Wyoming School of Nursing.

Vanderbilt University's Consuelo Wilkins Will Be Honored for Her Work in Promoting Health Equity

Vanderbilt University’s Consuelo Wilkins Will Be Honored for Her Work in Promoting Health Equity

Dr. Wilkins is senior vice president for health equity and inclusive excellence at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and senior associate dean for health equity and inclusive excellence in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She will be honored during a ceremony at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia on November 4.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new roles in diversity are Tacquice Wiggan Davis at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, Michelle Carter at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Nickey Woods at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California, and Shawnboda Mead at the University of Mississippi.

Census Bureau Reports on the Gender Gap in Median Income and Earnings From Work in 2020

Census Bureau Reports on the Gender Gap in Median Income and Earnings From Work in 2020

In 2020, the median income level for family households headed by a single woman was 73.1 percent of the median income for family households headed by a single man and 48.5 percent of the median income of married-couple families. Both of these income gaps narrowed slightly from the previous year in 2019.

Jennifer Prah Named Director of the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse at the University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Prah Named Director of the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse at the University of Pennsylvania

The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse is a collaborative effort of faculty and students at the University of Pennsylvania who research issues related to violence, primarily violence against women and girls. Dr. Prah is a professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Study Finds Managers Rate Women's Performance High but Their Potential Low

Study Finds Managers Rate Women’s Performance High but Their Potential Low

The analysis by scholars at the University of Minnesota, MIT, and Yale University, found that women are 14 percent less likely to be promoted at the company in each year, and that a major factor preventing women from being promoted is that they are consistently judged as having lower leadership potential than men.

Gwen Nell Westerman of Minnesota State University Mankato Is the New Poet Laureate of the State of Minnesota

Gwen Nell Westerman of Minnesota State University Mankato Is the New Poet Laureate of the State of Minnesota

Gwen Nell Westerman, a professor of English, has taught at Minnesota State University Mankato, since 1992. Dr. Westerman, who has won two Minnesota Book Awards, is the first Native American to be Minnesota’s poet laureate.

The Pandemic Widened the Gender Gap in Higher Education Enrollments

The Pandemic Widened the Gender Gap in Higher Education Enrollments

There were 11,350,777 women students enrolled in higher education last fall. In the fall of 2019, there were 11,274,609 women enrolled. Thus, enrollments of women were up slightly. In contrast, there were 8,004,350 men enrolled in high education in the fall of 2020, A year, earlier, 8,362,890 men were enrolled. Thus, while women’s enrollments were up, the enrollments of men dropped by 4.3 percent.

Lily Wang Is the New Leader of the School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska

Lily Wang Is the New Leader of the School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska

This is Dr. Wang’s ninth academic appointment since she joined the Nebraska faculty as an assistant professor in architectural engineering in 2000. A nationally recognized expert in acoustics, Dr. Wang also has become one of the most senior female leaders in the College of Engineering, where she was appointed associate dean for faculty and inclusion in 2018.

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Meredith Clark has been named the founding director of the Center for Communications, Media Innovation and Social Change in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Clark, who is a former print journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat and the Raleigh News & Observer will hold the rank of associate professor.

In Memoriam: Julie Elena Stokes-Thomas, 1952-2021

In Memoriam: Julie Elena Stokes-Thomas, 1952-2021

Dr. Stokes-Thomas joined the faculty at California State University, Fullerton as a full-time lecturer in African American studies and psychology in 1995. She taught there for the next 18 years.

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.

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.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed Dean of University Libraries

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed Dean of University Libraries

Catherine Cardwell is the new dean for University Libraries at the University of Nevada Reno. Michelle Armstrong was appointed interim dean of the Albertsons Library on the campus of Boise State University and Sarah Hutton was appointed interim dean of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Biddy Martin to Step Down as President of Amherst College at the End of the Academic Year

Biddy Martin to Step Down as President of Amherst College at the End of the Academic Year

Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, who has served as the nineteenth president of Amherst College since 2011, has announced that she will conclude her tenure next summer, after 11 years leading one of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Following a year of sabbatical, Dr. Martin intends to return to Amherst as a member of the faculty to teach.

Marianne Mithun of the University of California, Santa Barbara Wins Major Award in Linguistics

Marianne Mithun of the University of California, Santa Barbara Wins Major Award in Linguistics

Marianne Mithun, a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received the Neil and Saras Smith Medal from the British Academy for her groundbreaking research into Native American and Austronesian languages. Her work has helped indigenous communities in North America and Austronesia preserve their languages and pass them on to younger generations.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles or Duties

The women scholars in new roles are Laura McCabe at Michigan State University, Phillis Isabella Sheppard at Vanderbilt University, Rebecca Saxe at MIT, Kirsten T. Edwards at Florida International University, Mari Boor at North Dakota State University, Pamela M. Norris at George Washington University, and Tekla Ali Johnson at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New Yrk.

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago's Cathy Cohen

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago’s Cathy Cohen

Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, received the 2021 Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award from the American Political Science Association. The award honors a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to the understanding of racial and ethnic politics.

Eleven Women Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Roles in American Higher Education

Eleven Women Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Roles in American 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.

Where Do Women’s Colleges Stand in This Year's <em>U.S. News</em> Rankings?

Where Do Women’s Colleges Stand in This Year’s U.S. News Rankings?

The magazine U.S. News and World Report recently issued its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States. Six women’s colleges are included in the rankings of the top 30 best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Amanda Hinnant Wins the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award

Amanda Hinnant Wins the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award

Amanda Hinnant is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Columbia. The award recognizes a woman who has represented fellow women in the academy through personal excellence and high standards in journalism education. The award is given for exceptional merit, not on an annual basis.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Colleges and Universities

The five women appointed to endowed professorships are Susana Marcos at the University of Rochester, Kristin Haglund, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan Lacina at Texas Cristian University in Fort Worth, Leslie Lyons at Grinnell College in Iowa, and Morgaen L. Donaldson at the University of Connecticut.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Kendra Riley at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Renée Stewart at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Margo R. Foreman at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mills College Board of Trustees Approves Merger With Northeastern University

Mills College Board of Trustees Approves Merger With Northeastern University

On September 14, the board of trustees of Mills College approved a merger of the women’s college with Northeastern University. The merger is expected to take effect on or about July 1, 2022, subject to regulatory and other approvals. When completed, Mills will become Mills College at Northeastern University, and the campus will be gender inclusive.

College-Educated Women Are Increasingly Having Babies Before Marriage

College-Educated Women Are Increasingly Having Babies Before Marriage

A new study authored by Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, finds that in 1996, only 4 percent of college-educated women in their 30s had their first babies while unmarried. Twenty years later, that percentage has increased six-fold to 24.5 percent.