Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New University Faculty Assignments

Mignon Jacobs was appointed professor of the Old Testament at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University. She also serves as vice provost at the university. Prior to joining Virginia Union, Dr. Jacobs served as dean and chief academic officer and professor of Old Testament studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.

Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Bethel University. She holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University in California.

Camille Endacott has accepted a position as assistant professor of communication studies and organizational science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research is focused on how people construct their work identities, especially in emerging work arrangements and around technology.

Dr. Endacott is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University in California, where she majored in communication studies. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Carole Shook, an assistant professor in the department of information systems in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas, was given the added duties as co-director of the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center at the university. She has taught at the university for 20 years.

Dr. Shook holds a bachelor’s degree in business, an MBA, and a doctorate in education, all from the University of Arkansas.

Juliana Hu Pegues was named an associate professor in the department of literatures in English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. 

A native of Taiwan and raised in Alaska, Dr. Pegues earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Space-Time Colonialism: Alaska’s Indigenous and Asian Entanglements (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Linda Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, was named a University Professor. She served as head of the department of social and decision sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the university from 2015 to 2021.

Dr. Babcock is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, where she majored in economics. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jennifer Rudgers, professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, was named a Regents Professor. She also serves as the director of the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program at the university. Before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 2012, Dr. Rudgers taught at Rice University in Houston.

Professor Rudgers is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she majored in environmental science. She holds a Ph.D. in population biology from the University of California, Davis.

Silvia Rondon, a professor and entomologist at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has been appointed director of the Oregon Integrated Pest Management Center. She has taught at the university since 2005.

Dr. Rondon holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/zoology and a master’s degree in entomology from the National Agraria University in Lima, Peru. She earned a Ph.D. in crop science from the University of Illinois.

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