Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Assuming New Roles in Higher Education

Carla S. Freeman, the Goodrich C. White Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, has been named the next director of the university’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. She will assume leadership of the Fox Center later this year. A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Freeman joined the faculty at Emory University in 1995 and has undertaken extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Caribbean.

Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dina Refki was appointed executive director of the Institute on Immigrant Integration Research and Policy in the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York in Albany. Since 2009, she has been the director of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the University at Albany. Her research focuses on the challenges of migration, the barriers facing immigrant women and their families, and the structural changes needed to better respond to the needs of immigrant women.

Dr. Refki holds a master’s degree in Africana studies and a doctorate in humanistic studies from the University at Albany.

Lynne Steuerle Schofield was promoted to full professor of mathematics and statistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on psychometrics and latent variable analysis and the way we use latent variables to predict later-life outcomes, with a particular interest in the measurement and development of human capital. She is the former associate dean of faculty for diversity, recruitment, and retention at the college. Prior to joining the faculty at Swarthmore, she worked as the special assistant to the dean at the College of Education of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Schofield holds a Ph.D. in statistics and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Nicole B. Burwell was named the founding director of the physician assistant program at North Carolina A&T State University. Previously, Dr. Burwell served as an associate professor and director of pre-clerkship for the master’s degree in physician assistant studies program at Stanford University and as director of clinical education for the physician assistant program at George Washington University. She recently was named president-elect of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Dr. Burwell completed physician assistant training at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She earned a doctorate in nutritional sciences from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Amy Fleming, a professor of pediatrics and professor of medical education and administration at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been promoted to senior associate dean for medical student and alumni affairs. She is the former associate dean for medical student affairs.

Dr. Fleming earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical doctorate at the University of Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in health professions education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

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