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After the Pandemic Struck, College-Educated Women Stayed in the Labor Force

After the Pandemic Struck, College-Educated Women Stayed in the Labor Force

The number of women with a college degree and children under age 4 who were “at work” was almost 4 percentage points higher in spring 2021 compared with spring 2018, while mothers of young children without a college degree saw a drop of 4.4 percentage points in their “at work” status.

Joy Bodin Selected as the New Leader of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota

Joy Bodin Selected as the New Leader of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota

Since 2017, Bodin has 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.

Academic Study Finds a Large Gender Gap in Corporate Severance Packages

Academic Study Finds a Large Gender Gap in Corporate Severance Packages

Researchers from the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of New Hampshire found that on average, men in executive leadership positions received over $500,000 more in severance compensation than women in similar level positions.

In Memoriam: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

In Memoriam: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

Nora England was the Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. An expert on the languages of the Mayans, she founded the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas.

In Memoriam: Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

In Memoriam: Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to hold the post of Secretary of State and a long-time faculty member at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Syracuse University's Gwendolyn Pough to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Syracuse University’s Gwendolyn Pough to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Gwendolyn Pough, dean’s professor of the humanities and professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University in New York, will serve a six-year term as president-elect, president, and past-president, of the Rhetoric Society of America, beginning in July.

Barbara Bellefeuille Has Been Named the Eighth President of Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana

Barbara Bellefeuille Has Been Named the Eighth President of Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana

Dr. Bellefeuille has served as interim president of the university since June 1, 2021. She is the first female to serve in the university’s highest leadership role. Dr. Bellefeuille has served at Bethel University since 2012, spending almost nine years as vice president for academic services.

Barnard College Receives a Gift More Than Double the Size of Its Previous Largest Donation

Barnard College Receives a Gift More Than Double the Size of Its Previous Largest Donation

Barnard College, the highly selective liberal arts educational institution for women in New York City, is the recipient of a $55 million gift from Diana T. Vagelos and P. Roy Vagelos to fund the renovation and expansion of the college’s science center. Diana Vagelos is a graduate of the college and has served on the board of trustees for nearly two decades.

In Memoriam: Kerry Lynne Beldin, 1973-2022

In Memoriam: Kerry Lynne Beldin, 1973-2022

Kerry Beldin, associate professor emerita of social work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, died at her home on Wednesday, January  5. She was 48 years old and had suffered from lung cancer for six years. Dr. Beldin spent her early years in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, and ultimately ended up staying in Nebraska where she […]

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships at Research Universities

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships at Research Universities

The three women scholars who have been appointed to named professorships are Chiara Daraio at the California Institute of Technology, Bana Jabri at the University of Chicago, and Rebecca Hale at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Large Gender Disparities in the Funding of Doctoral Education

Large Gender Disparities in the Funding of Doctoral Education

About one out of every five women who earned a doctorate paid for their degrees primarily from their own funds or savings. For men who earned doctorates in 2020, only 11.3 percent used their own funds or savings as the primary source for paying for their education. More than 29 percent of all women who earned doctorates in 2020 took out loans to fund their graduate education, compared to 19.8 percent of men.

In Memoriam: Joanne H. Clarey, 1941-2021

In Memoriam: Joanne H. Clarey, 1941-2021

Joanne Clarey, a novelist, counselor, and educator who taught at the University of Maine and the Univerity of Southern Maine, died on November 2 at her home in Jackson, New Hampshire. She was 80 years old. A native of York, Pennsylvania, Dr. Clarey grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English […]

In Memoriam: Zena Athene Stein, 1922-2021

In Memoriam: Zena Athene Stein, 1922-2021

Dr. Stein, professor emerita at the School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her late husband and longtime collaborator, Mervyn Susser, chair of epidemiology at Columbia from 1966 to 1978, were seminal figures in the establishment of the discipline of epidemiology.

Indiana University Acquires the Collection of Madeline Kripke, the "Dame of Dictionaries"

Indiana University Acquires the Collection of Madeline Kripke, the “Dame of Dictionaries”

Madeline Kripke, known as the “Dame of Dictionaries,” kept a stockpile in her New York City apartment of more than 20,000 linguistic books and ephemera that was often referred to as the world’s largest and finest dictionary collection. She died in April 2020 of complications from COVID-19.

Two Women Professors Share the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

Two Women Professors Share the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health, which carries an honorarium of $150,000, is awarded annually the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to recognize individuals whose contributions have made a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health and improving the lives of people who are living with mental illness.

University of Georgia Renames Its Institute of Higher Education for Louise McBee

University of Georgia Renames Its Institute of Higher Education for Louise McBee

Dr. McBee came to the University of Georgia in 1963 as the first dean of women and subsequently served as dean of students, assistant vice president for instruction, associate and senior associate vice president for academic affairs, and acting vice president for academic affairs. She retired fro the university in 1988 and three years later won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Bryn Mawr College's Anita Kurimay Wins the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Her Work on Slavic Studies

Bryn Mawr College’s Anita Kurimay Wins the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Her Work on Slavic Studies

Dr. Kurimay was honored for her book Queer Budapest: 1873-1961 (University of Chicago Press, 2020). The book explores the history of non-normative sexualities as they were understood and experienced in Hungary between the birth of the capital as a unified metropolis in 1873 and the decriminalization of male homosexuality in 1961.

Increased Access to Collaborative Learning Classrooms Could Help Close the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

Increased Access to Collaborative Learning Classrooms Could Help Close the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A new study from researchers at the University of Kansas found women preferred active learning classrooms as opposed to traditional lectures. Increased accessibility to such learning environments could be a key to ensuring there are welcoming places for women where they can engage with instructors and peers while they learn, stay enrolled, and move on to careers in STEM fields.

Pennsylvania Seeking to Mount a Major Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Pennsylvania Seeking to Mount a Major Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made addressing the problem of sexual assault on college campuses a priority of his administration. The governor’s “It’s on Us, PA” program has provided more than $5 million in grants to 190 postsecondary schools for programs to combat sexual assault. Now the governor has proposed four new legislative initiatives to further address the problem of campus sexual assault.

In Memoriam: Diana Siedhoff Natalicio, 1939-2021

In Memoriam: Diana Siedhoff Natalicio, 1939-2021

In 1988, Professor Natalicio was named president of the University of Texas at El Paso. She was the first woman to hold the position. She served in that role for 31 years until her retirement in 2019. Her 31-year tenure in the university’s highest office stood as the sixth-longest of any public doctoral/research university president in history at the time of her retirement.

Where Do Women’s Colleges Stand in This Year's <em>U.S. News</em> Rankings?

Where Do Women’s Colleges Stand in This Year’s U.S. News Rankings?

The magazine U.S. News and World Report recently issued its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States. Six women’s colleges are included in the rankings of the top 30 best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Laurie Van Egeren Will Be First Woman President of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Laurie Van Egeren Will Be First Woman President of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Laurie Van Egeren, interim associate provost for university outreach and engagement and an adjunct faculty member in the department of human development and family studies at Michigan State University, will be the next president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Her three-year term begins in October.

Women Are More Than Half of the Incoming MBA Class at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Women Are More Than Half of the Incoming MBA Class at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the Univerity of Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s most prestigious business schools. Now for the first time in its 140-year history, women will comprise more than half of the incoming first-year class of MBA students. At nearly 52 percent, the percentage of women in the Wharton MBA Class of 2023 represents a 10 percent increase in female students over last year’s first-year students.

Candice McQueen Will Be the First Woman President of Lipscomb University in Nashville

Candice McQueen Will Be the First Woman President of Lipscomb University in Nashville

Dr. McQueen most recently served as CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, a national nonprofit founded by the Milken Education Foundation. She is the former commissioner of education for the state of Tennessee. Earlier she was dean of the College of Education at Lipscomb University.

Aisha Francis Is First Woman President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston

Aisha Francis Is First Woman President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston

Previously, Dr. Francis was the college’s chief executive officer at the institute overseeing the day-to-day operations of the college. Earlier, she served as chief of staff to the institute’s president. Prior to joining BFIT, she served as the managing director of development for Harvard Medical School.

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplaan, 1947-2021

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplaan, 1947-2021

Paula Joan Caplaan, was a psychologist and prominent feminist scholar who taught at Harvard University and the University of Toronto.

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Head Schools at Major Universities

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Head Schools at Major Universities

Gulsah Akar was appointed head of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech and Karen C. Spence is the new director of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. Also, Tusty ten Bensel was named the director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Tijana Rajh will lead the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University.

University of Wisconsin Scholar Wins the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater

University of Wisconsin Scholar Wins the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater

Aparna Bhargava Dharwadker, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded the 2020 Callaway Prize. The prize, which carries a cash award of $9,000, is given by the department of English at New York University for the best book on drama or theatre published during the previous two years by an American author.

Two State University Presidents Announce That They Will Retire Later This Year

Two State University Presidents Announce That They Will Retire Later This Year

Deborah F. Stanley, president of the State University of New York Oswego, announced that she will retire at the end of the year and Elaine C. Collins, president of Northern Vermont University, has announced that she will step down in August.

Four Women Scholars in STEM Fields Named to Head Their Academic Departments

Four Women Scholars in STEM Fields Named to Head Their Academic Departments

The four new department heads are Christa Hestekin in chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas, Mary Frecker in mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, Rebecca Nugent in statistics and data science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Sarah Olson in mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

University of Georgia Study Finds Persisting Gender Gap in a Large Federal Government Agency

University of Georgia Study Finds Persisting Gender Gap in a Large Federal Government Agency

While women still earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, one would expect that the federal government would be a leader in pay equity, But a new study led by researchers at the University of Georgia finds that women continue to be paid less than men at one of the government’s largest agencies.

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928-2021

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928-2021

Dr. Walter was born in Berlin Germany. In 1938, she was one of 10,000 Jewish children evacuated from Germany and surrounding countries to the United Kingdom before the start of World War II. She founded the mathematics department at what is now Simmons University in Boston and later taught at the University of Oregon.

The School Science and Mathematics Association Names Its Next Leader

The School Science and Mathematics Association Names Its Next Leader

Margaret Mohr-Schroeder is a professor of STEM Education and associate dean for clinical preparation and partnerships in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Her term as president of the School Science and Mathematics Association will begin in 2022.

Gilda Barabino Is the New President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino Is the New President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino is the president of the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. After serving for one year as president-elect, Dr. Barabino will serve one year as AAAS president and then one year as chair of the AAAS Board of Directors.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Anne Flanagan, 1952-2021

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Anne Flanagan, 1952-2021

Elizabeth A. Flanagan was the first woman to lead fundraising efforts at Virginia Tech. She served as vice president for development and university relations from 2000 to 2015.