Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Nicole Uphold has been appointed the R. Grant and Elizabeth “Libba” G. Singleton Endowed Professor in Teacher Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Her research is focused on teaching practices for pre-service teachers in special education, with an emphasis on elements including providing specific praise to students, managing classroom behaviors, and providing active supervision.

Professor Uphold is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Emily Sarver has been named the Stonie Barker Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2011 and is an internationally recognized expert in respirable mine dust.

Professor Sarver holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from Virginia Tech.

Juanita Johnson-Bailey was named as the first recipient of the Centennial Professorship, an endowed professorship for a women’s studies faculty member at the University of Georgia in recognition of the centennial anniversary of co-education at the university. Dr. Johnson-Bailey is the author of Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way (Krieger Press, 2001).

Dr. Johnson-Bailey is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she majored in communication. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia.

Jennifer Ross-Wolff was appointed to the Humphrey Doermann Professorship of Liberal Learning at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is the director of neuroscience and a professor of biology at the college, where she has taught since 2006.

Dr. Ross-Wolff is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She holds a master’s degree in cell biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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