Ten Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles at Universities

María de los Ángeles Ortega Hernández was named associate dean of clinical practice for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Since 2014, she has served as director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Ortega Hernández earned a doctor of nursing practice degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Jennifer Frederick, executive director of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, has been named associate provost for academic initiatives at Yale University. She held teaching and research-focused faculty appointments at the University of Bridgeport and Western Connecticut State University before returning to Yale in 2008 to serve as associate director and Science Education Specialist at the Graduate Teaching Center.

Dr. Frederck is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University.

Sarah J. Tracey was named director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She is a professor of organizational communication and qualitative research methods at the university. She joined the faculty in 2000. Professor Tracey is the author of Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact (Wiley, 2019, 2nd Edition).

Dr. Tracey is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of California Boulder.

Tracey Denean Sharpley-Whiting, who holds the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and is a professor of African American and diaspora studies and French at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, is taking on the added duties of vice provost for arts and libraries. She has stepped down as associate provost and chair of African American and Diaspora Studies.

Professor Sharpley-Whiting is the author of many books including Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women (New York University Press, 2007), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Duke University Press, 2009), Bricktop’s Paris: African American Women in Paris Between the Two World Wars (State University of New York Press, 2015) and Negritude Women (University of Minnesota Press, 2002).  Professor Sharpley-Whiting holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.

Candan Tamerler, the Charles E. & Mary Jane Spahr Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Kansas, has been given the added responsibilities of associate vice chancellor in the university’s Office of Research. She joined the faculty in 2013 after teaching at the University of Washington.

Professor Tamerler holds a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Türkiye.

Noémie Ndiaye has been named the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern English Literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).

Dr. Ndiaye is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York City.

Stefanie Johnson is the new director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University in Houston. Dr. Johnson will also hold an appointment as a professor in the department of psychological sciences. Most recently, Dr. Johnson taught leadership and inclusion courses for undergraduate and graduate students as a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. She is the author of Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams (Harper Business, 2020).

Professor Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Claremont McKenna College in California. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Rice University.

Angela Pillatzki is the new head of the department of veterinary and biomedical sciences at South Dakota State University. She will also serve as the director of the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. She worked at the university from 2008 to 2008. After working at Iowa State University she returned to South Dakota State University in 2014.

Dr. Pillatzki is a 1995 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Laura M. Suppes was appointed the 2022-23 Water Policy Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an associate professor in public health and environmental studies at the Univerity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As a Water Policy Scholar, Dr. Suppes will develop a model to assess human illness risk from ingesting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are persistent, harmful contaminants present in Wisconsin groundwater

Dr. Suppes received her master’s degree in public health administration and policy from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Arizona.

Rachel Glade, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, has been given the added duties as director of the Honors College for the College of Education and Health Professions. Her research has included studies on how adolescents with hearing loss experience bullying and the impact of hearing loss on executive function skills and working memory in young adults.

Dr. Glade holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in rehabilitation, research, and education.

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