Eight Women Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Elisabeth R. Kincaid has been named director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She will also serve as an associate professor of ethics, faith and culture, with an affiliate appointment in the department of management. She currently serves as the Legendre-Soule Chair in Ethics in the College of Business and the inaugural director of the Center for Ethics and Economic Justice at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Dr. Kincaid received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Texas, a juris doctorate from the University of Texas, a master of theological studies degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and Ph.D. in Christian ethics and moral theology from the University of Notre Dame.

Valerie Martin Conley has been appointed vice president and chief academic officer for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Idaho State University. Prior to her most recent position, she was dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Dr. Conley is a two-time graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in sociology. She received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Nene Diop has been promoted to associate professor of French with tenure at Colorado College, where she has taught courses on French and Francophone language cultures since 2012. Her research focuses on women’s writings in Francophone West African Literature, with an emphasis on Senegalese works.

Dr. Diop holds a master’s degree in linguistics from the Université Gaston Berger in St. Louis in Sénégal, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in French from the University of Colorado.

Heather Paxson has been promoted to associate dean for faculty of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently serves as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and has authored two books: The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012) and Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (University of California Press, 2004).

Dr. Paxon completed her undergraduate education at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University in California.

Roshaunda Breeden has joined the faculty at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of higher education, opportunity, equity, and justice in the College of Education. She currently serves as an assistant professor of educational leadership at East Carolina Universityin Greenville, North Carolina.

Dr. Breeden is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she double-majored in psychology and Africana studies. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.

Rosemary O’Neil has been promoted to full professor of English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She has been with the university since 2011, currently teaching courses on medieval drama, medieval women writers, and literature and religion in medieval England. Earlier in her career, she taught at Haverford College in suburban Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. O’Neil holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Celeste C. Bates has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education at Clemson University in South Carolina, after holding the position on an interim basis for over a year. She has been with the university since 2009, currently serving as a professor of literacy education and director of the Early Literacy Center for South Carolina.

Dr. Bates received a bachelor’s degree in media arts and a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. in language and literacy education from Georgia State University.

Sheri Worthy has been appointed director of the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University, where she previously taught for 15 years. Most recently, she served as associate dean for academic programs at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Worthy holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of North Dakota, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in consumer economics from Texas Tech University.

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