Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at State Universities

Jennifer Caplan was appointed to the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She was an assistant professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Towson University in Maryland. Earlier, she held visiting positions at Wesleyan University, Western Illinois University, and Rollins College.

Dr. Caplan is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She received a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University in New York.

Melody Lo has been named the inaugural holder of the John and Ruth Steinmeyer Memorial Endowed Chair of Economics for the Kummer College at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has been serving as senior adviser to the chancellor and a professor of economics at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Lo received her undergraduate degree at National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Maxine Montgomery has been appointed the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University. She has been a professor in the English department at Florida State since 1988. She is the author of eight books including her most recent work The Postapocalyptic Black Female Imagination (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

Dr. Montgomery holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in English from Florida State University. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois.

Eve M. Brank was appointed the Aaron Douglas Professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Brank also serves as the director of the Center on Children, Families and the Law at the university. She joined the faculty at the university in 2008 after teaching at the University of Florida.

Professor Brank is a graduate of Jacksonville University in Florida where she majored in psychology and sociology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology and a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

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