First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Of the 27 high-ranking research universities for which we have data, women were the majority of the entering students at 22 schools. This is up from 21 a year ago and 18 two years ago.

Five Women Win Mitchell Scholarships for Graduate Study in Ireland

The US-Ireland Alliance has announced the 12 members of the George J. Mitchell Scholar Class of 2024. This year, five of the 12 Mitchell Scholars are women.

The Highest-Ranked Women Scientists in the United States

More than 166,880 scientist profiles across 24 research disciplines were examined with several indicators and metrics reviewed in order to consider each scientist’s inclusion in the ranking.

Sixteen Women Are Among the 32 Rhodes Scholars From the United States

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest cohort of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected in 16 districts across the United States. Sixteen members of this year’s class are women.

Four of the Six Winners of the McKnight Scholar Awards Are Women

The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.

Four Women With Current Ties to the Academic World Win Pulitzer Prizes

Nicole Eustace and Ada Ferrer of New York University won Pulitzer Prizes in history. Salamishah Tillet of Rutgers University-Newark won in the criticism category and Erin I. Kelly of Tufts University was awarded the prize in biography.

  • Breaking News

  • Marta Yera Cronin Will Be the Next President of Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania

    Marta Yera Cronin Will Be the Next President of Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania

    Feb. 1, 2023 - Dr. Cronin is currently the president of Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon. Prior to becoming president of Columbia Gorge Community College in 2018, she served in various administrative and faculty roles at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, including vice president of academic affairs, dean of the School of Education, department chair, and full professor.
  • Ingrid Thompson-Sellers Is the New President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College

    Ingrid Thompson-Sellers Is the New President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College

    Feb. 1, 2023 - In 2017, Dr. Thompson-Sellers was appointed president of South Georgia State College in Douglas. Previously, she was a professor of business information systems at Georgia State University in Atlanta and had served as senior associate dean at the university. Earlier she taught at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur and at what is now Iona University in New Rochelle, New York.
  • Michigan State University's Felicia Wu to Lead the Society for Risk Analysis

    Michigan State University’s Felicia Wu to Lead the Society for Risk Analysis

    Feb. 1, 2023 - Felicia Wu is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition and the department of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University. Her research examines the national and global burden of foodborne disease, how improved nutrition can counteract the harmful effects of toxins, and how cost-effective strategies can improve food safety.
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  • Research & Studies

  • Study Finds Women Making Gains in Election to the National Academies

    Study Finds Women Making Gains in Election to the National Academies

    Feb. 1, 2023 - A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, finds that there has been significant increases in women scholars in psychology, mathematics, and economics in recent years and even greater increases in the share of women in these fields who have been elected to the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Study Examines How an Academic Department's Gender Composition Impacts Teacher Evaluations

    Study Examines How an Academic Department’s Gender Composition Impacts Teacher Evaluations

    Feb. 1, 2023 - A new study led by Oriana Aragón, an assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, finds that professors in the gender minority of university academic departments tend to receive lower scores in their performance evaluations because of gender bias.
  • Women Make Up a Tiny Percentage of Editors of Scientific Journals

    Women Make Up a Tiny Percentage of Editors of Scientific Journals

    Jan. 25, 2023 - A new study led by researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi examined the gender disparity in the makeup of editorial boards of scientific journals. The researchers used algorithmic tools to infer the gender of 81,000 editors serving more than 1,000 journals and 15 disciplines over five decades. The results show that only 14 percent of the editors were women.
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  • Appointments

  • New Duties For Five Women Scholars at State Universities

    New Duties For Five Women Scholars at State Universities

    Feb. 3, 2023 - Taking on new assignments are Lorena N. Lacersa at the University of Georgia, Sara D. Nelson at Iowa State University, Hongmei Li-Byarlay at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Stacy Gee Hollins at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, and Jessica Gurevitch at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Colleges and Universities Appoint Eight Women to Dean Positions

    Colleges and Universities Appoint Eight Women to Dean Positions

    Feb. 2, 2023 - The new deans are Sabita Manian at Lynchburg University in Virginia, Dorothy E. Mosby at Skidmore College in New York, Lisa Carter at the University of Michigan, Catherine Heyman at High Point University in North Carolina, Alma Littles at Florida State University, Mary Powell at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, Kate Mamiseishvili at the University of Arkansas, and Rebecca Bichel at
  • Nine Women Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

    Nine Women Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

    Feb. 2, 2023 - Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.
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  • Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

    Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education [2.3.2023]

    Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

  • University of Montana's Anna Conley Recognized for Her Schoalrship on Comparative Law

    University of Montana’s Anna Conley Recognized for Her Schoalrship on Comparative Law [2.2.2023]

    Anna C. Conley, an assistant professor in the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, received the 2023 Mark Tushnet Prize from the Association of American Law Schools. The award recognizes the year’s best article on comparative law.

  • Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Research Universities

    Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Research Universities [2.2.2023]

    Kia Nobre will join Yale University in July 2023 as the Wu Tsai Professor in the department of psychology. Marisol Berti, a professor of plant sciences at North Dakota State University, has been appointed to the Jordan A. Engberg Presidential Professorship and Shabaana A. Khader has been named the inaugural Bernard and Betty Roizman Professor in the department of microbiology at the University of Chicago.

  • Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

    Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education [2.2.2023]

    Krista L. Walker was named assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. The Indiana University School of Medicine has named Chemen Neal its first chief diversity officer and Nicole Joseph has been named associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.

  • Kristina Whalen Appointed President of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California

    Kristina Whalen Appointed President of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California [2.1.2023]

    Dr. Whalen has been serving as vice president of academic services at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She also serves in a statewide role as vice president of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Association. Dr. Whalen will become president of Foothill College on March 31.

  • In Memoriam: Josephine Rachel Broude, 1927-2022

    In Memoriam: Josephine Rachel Broude, 1927-2022 [2.1.2023]

    Josephine Broude was executive assistant to the provost at Yale University for over 30 years. During her tenure, she ran the executive office for 10 different provosts of Yale University.

  • Joy Bodin Appointed President of Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

    Joy Bodin Appointed President of Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota [2.1.2023]

    Bodin has been serving as interim president of Hennepin Technical College since June 2022. From 2017 to 2022, Bodin served as the vice president of academic and student affairs at Central Lakes College, with campuses in Brainerd and Staples, Minnesota. Previously, she served Hennepin Technical College from 1992 to 2017 in several capacities, most recently as academic dean.

  • Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

    Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars [1.31.2023]

    Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

  • Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

    Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers [1.31.2023]

    Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

  • In Memoriam: Sharon Church McNabb, 1948-2022

    In Memoriam: Sharon Church McNabb, 1948-2022 [1.30.2023]

    Professor Church was a studio jeweler who created innovative works made from metal, stone, wood, bone, and other natural elements. Professor Church joined the faculty at what is now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1979 and remained on the faculty for 35 years retiring in 2014.

  • Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

    Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education [1.30.2023]

    Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

  • In Memoriam: Fannie Gaston-Johansson, 1938-2023

    In Memoriam: Fannie Gaston-Johansson, 1938-2023 [1.27.2023]

    Dr. Gaston-Johansson was a member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty from 1985 to 1993. She joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1993. For a time, she held joint appointments at Johns Hopkins and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where she had earned a Ph.D.

  • Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

    Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities [1.26.2023]

    the newly appointed deans are Anna Westerstahl Stenport at the University of Georgia, Martha Hurley at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, Heidi Appel in the Honors College at the University of Houston, Katherine L. Gantz at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Danielle Dennis at the University of Rhode Island, and Sarah Shreeves at the University of Utah.

  • Cornell's Melody Zeng to Be Honored by the American Association of Immunologists

    Cornell’s Melody Zeng to Be Honored by the American Association of Immunologists [1.26.2023]

    As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Melody Seng was among the first to discover that a class of antibodies called IgG recognizes gut bacteria for maintenance of host-microbe symbiosis in the intestine. Dr. Zeng established her lab at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2019.

  • Five Women Scholars in the Health Sciences Who Are Taking on New Assignments

    Five Women Scholars in the Health Sciences Who Are Taking on New Assignments [1.26.2023]

    Taking on new faculty duties are Martha Michelle Estrada at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Kimberly Long at Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Wichita, Salome Brooks at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, Ruaa Al Juboori at the University of Mississippi, and Meredith Niles at the University of Vermont.

  • Miriam Mobley Smith Wins Leadership Award From the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

    Miriam Mobley Smith Wins Leadership Award From the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists [1.26.2023]

    Miriam Mobley Smith is the interim dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Prior to coming to the University of Hawai’i in 2021, the veteran pharmacy academic served as interim dean and visiting professor at the Northeastern University Bourvé College of Health Sciences in Boston and as dean and tenured professor at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

  • A Quartet of Women in New Administrative Roles at Universities

    A Quartet of Women in New Administrative Roles at Universities [1.26.2023]

    Taking on new administrative positions are Susan Baida at a research and action partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Michelle Hargis Wolfe at the University of Arkansas, De Acker at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Marta Panickar is the inaugural director of research security at the University of Mississippi.

  • Meredith Jung-En Woo to Leave Presidency of Sweet Briar College in 2024

    Meredith Jung-En Woo to Leave Presidency of Sweet Briar College in 2024 [1.26.2023]

    In March 2015, Sweet Briar College announced that it was closing (See WIAReport post.) But a fundraising campaign rescued the women’s college and a new leadership team focused on boosting enrollment and strengthening the college’s financial base. President Woo is generally given high marks for her efforts to strengthen the college.

  • Cornell University's Huili Grace Xing to Lead the Superior Energy-Efficient Materials and Devices Center

    Cornell University’s Huili Grace Xing to Lead the Superior Energy-Efficient Materials and Devices Center [1.25.2023]

    Fourteen universities in partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation will explore both fundamental new science and novel engineering technologies, with the aim of driving the semiconductor industry in the next 3-15 years, while also training the next generation of scientists and engineers to work across disciplines.

  • Patrena Benton Elliott Is the New President of Halifax Community College

    Patrena Benton Elliott Is the New President of Halifax Community College [1.25.2023]

    Dr. Elliott had been serving as vice president of instruction and student support services at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina. Previously, she was dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University in Virginia.

  • The Long Road to Gender Parity in Academic Publishing in STEM Fields

    The Long Road to Gender Parity in Academic Publishing in STEM Fields [1.25.2023]

    A forthcoming book, authored by Cassidy R. Sugimoto of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Vincent Larivière of the University of Montreal, presents evidence that women will not reach parity with men in scientific publishing for many decades. In some fields, parity will not be achieved for more than a century.

  • Diane Chase Appointed Provost at the University of Houston

    Diane Chase Appointed Provost at the University of Houston [1.25.2023]

    Dr. Chase joins the University of Houston from Claremont Graduate University in California, where she served since 2019 as vice president for academic innovation, student success, and strategic initiatives. Earlier, Dr. Chase served as vice provost for academic program quality at the University of Central Florida before moving to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2016 as executive vice president and provost.

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