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Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

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

Historical Images of Women in Higher Education

Historical Images of Women in Higher Education

A gallery of historical images of women in higher education (largely from the Library of Congress).
We welcome submissions from our readers.

American University Turns Down Sexual Assault Prevention Grant

American University Turns Down Sexual Assault Prevention Grant

The U.S. Department of Justice issues three-year, $300,000 grants to colleges and universities aimed at reducing violence against women. But the university’s vice president of campus life reportedly failed to sign off on the grant proposal because she did not agree with some of the grant’s stipulations.

Elizabeth Augusta Stoffregen May (1907-2011)

Elizabeth Augusta Stoffregen May (1907-2011)

Elizabeth S. May, an educator who was the first woman appointed to the board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, has died at her home in Harvard, Massachusetts, at the age of 103.

New Federal Guidelines on Investigating Sexual Assault Incidents on Campus

On April 4, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled new guidelines on how colleges and universities must respond to incidents of sexual assault on campus. Under Title IX, colleges and universities have been required to investigate sexual assault complaints. But until now there have been no explicit guidelines on what procedures should be followed.

New Women Presidents at Cambridge College and Wilson College

New Women Presidents at Cambridge College and Wilson College

Deborah Jackson was appointed president of Cambridge College and Barbara K. Mistick will become president of Wilson College on July 1.

Child Care Facilities for Single-Parent Students Are Scarce on American College Campuses

A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds a serious shortage of child care facilities for student parents on college campuses.

Much of the Medical Research on Diseases That Affect Women Is Conducted Using Male Rodents

Much of the Medical Research on Diseases That Affect Women Is Conducted Using Male Rodents

90 percent of U.S. medical research conducted on mice or rats is done with male rodents.

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

● Barbara Entwisle, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was appointed vice chancellor for research at the university. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Dr. Entwisle holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University. ● Jamie Monson, professor of history at Macalester College in […]

Four Women Receive Tenure at Bates College

Four Women Receive Tenure at Bates College

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, has promoted four women to associate professor with tenure.

Notable Awards to Women in Higher Education

Notable Awards to Women in Higher Education

• Sherry J. Yennello, Regents Professor of Chemistry and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Yennello has taught at Texas A&M since 1993. She holds a […]

Woman Chosen to Head Higher Education Division in Washington

Woman Chosen to Head Higher Education Division in Washington

The Obama administration has chosen Debra Saunders-White as the new deputy assistant secretary of education for higher education programs.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to Women Scholars

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

Women Are Closing the Gender Gap in Doctoral Awards

Women Are Closing the Gender Gap in Doctoral Awards

Thirty years ago women earned less than one third of all doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. universities. In 2009, the latest year complete data is available, women earned 23,190 doctorates.

Women Are Projected to Increase Their Share of Total Enrollments in American Higher Education

New data from the U.S. Department of Education estimates that by the year 2019 there will be 13,224,000 American women enrolled in higher education.

Gender Pay Gap for Women at British Universities

A study conducted by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association found that women make up 43 percent of all academic staff at universities in the United Kingdom but only 19 percent of academic staff who head departments. The study also found that 23 percent of males academic staff earned more than £50,000, compared to just […]

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

• This July Nancy Krippel will become provost at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She currently is dean of adult and graduate studies at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Krippel holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Her academic focus is eighteenth-century English novels. • Janet Clark was named vice […]

University of Texas Sociologist Named to Head Prestigious Journal

University of Texas Sociologist Named to Head Prestigious Journal

Debra J. Umberson, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the American Sociological Association’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Notable Awards to Women in Higher Education

Notable Awards to Women in Higher Education

• Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, professor emerita of philosophy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, was the recipient of the 2011 Graven Award from the Judge Henry N. and Helen T. Graven Award for the Ministry of the Laity. Professor Rodeheffer was honored for her work at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in downtown Rochester, […]

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

Notable Appointments of Women in Higher Education

• Susan L. Gibbons was named university librarian at Yale, effective July 1. She is currently vice provost and dean of libraries at the University of Rochester.  Gibbons is a 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware. She holds master’s degrees in library science  and history from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, […]

New Women Deans in Higher Education

New Women Deans in Higher Education

Six women have recently been named deans at colleges throughout the nation.

State Department Teams Up With Five Leading Women’s Colleges

State Department Teams Up With Five Leading Women’s Colleges

The U.S. State Department has entered into an agreement with five prestigious women’s colleges to increase the number of students preparing for careers in the foreign service.

Number of Women Faculty at MIT in the Sciences Has Almost Doubled Since 1999

Number of Women Faculty at MIT in the Sciences Has Almost Doubled Since 1999

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently released a report finding that since 1999, the number of women faculty in the sciences and engineering is up by nearly 100 percent since 1999.

Conservative Women’s Network Is Looking for “A Few Good Men”

Conservative Women’s Network Is Looking for “A Few Good Men”

The Network for Enlightened Women is currently holding its Gentleman’s Showcase. It invites women members to nominate men who “stand against cultural norms and demonstrate gentlemanly behavior.”

Women Named College or University Presidents

Women Named College or University Presidents

Five women have recently been named college or university president.

Women Are Underrepresented in Student Government

Women now make up a healthy majority of all enrollments in higher education. But women continue to be underrepresented in student government positions.

Brown University Study Finds That for Women, Higher Education Leads to Better Health

Researchers at Brown University have found that higher education results in better health. And the health benefits of higher education are especially pronounced for women.