Nine Women Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties in Higher Education

Christine Makosky Daley, a professor in the College of Health at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was appointed co-director of the university’s Institute for Indigenous Studies. Before joining the faculty at Lehigh, Dr. Makosky Daley served on the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she held appointments in the departments of family medicine and community health and population health.

Dr. Makosky Daley is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she majored in anthropology. She earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology at Arizona State University and a master’s degree in health and social behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Makosky Daley holds a Ph.D. in applied medical anthropology from the University of Connecticut.

Alicia E Ellis, was promoted to associate professor of German at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She was also granted tenure. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of comparative literature, with expertise in German studies, African-American studies, and Caribbean literature. Dr.  Ellis is the author of the forthcoming book, Figuring the Female: Language and Identity in Franz Grillparzer’s Classical Dramas.

Dr. Ellis is a graduate of Amerhet College in Massachusetts, where she majored in Germanic literature and women’s and gender studies. She holds a master’s degree in African American studies and a Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures from Yale University.

Alison Olcott, an associate professor of geology at the University of Kansas, was named director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the university. She joined the faculty at the university in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2016.

Dr. Olcott is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in geophysical sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of Southern California.

Thomasenia Lott Adams, a professor of mathematics education and associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Florida, was appointed to the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. The commission is a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Professor Lott Adams is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she majored in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida.

Rachel Mayo, a professor in the department of public health sciences, was named associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Dr. Mayo holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Arkansas. She earned a Ph.D. in health promotion and education from the University of South Carolina

Dana Rice, an assistant professor in the public health leadership program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been given the added duties of assistant dean for master’s degree programs.

Dr. Rice is a graduate of Clark Atlanta Univerity, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in health services research from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and a doctor of public health degree from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Emily Wang was promoted to full professor of medicine at Yale Medical School. Professor Wang is the director of the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, a collaboration between Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School.

Dr. Wang is a graduate of Harvard Univerity. She earned a master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco and a medical doctorate at Duke University.

Anne Karing is a new assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey. She specializes in development economics and behavioral economics. She has been conducting research in Sierra Leone on how social signaling can increase vaccination rates.

Dr. Karing earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in England. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Charles and Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, was appointed the New Brunswick campus director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. A social historian, Professor Dunbar also serves as the national director of the Association of Black Women Historians. She is the author of A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (Yale University Press, 2008).

Professor Dunbar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York City.

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