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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.

The College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, Names Martha Garcia as Its Next President

The College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, Names Martha Garcia as Its Next President

Dr. Garcia has been serving as the Superintendent/President of Imperial Valley College in Imperial, California. She has been employed in the California Community College System since 1999. She is expected to become president of the College of the Desert on August 20.

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.

In Memoriam: Thelma Jean Grossholtz, 1929-2021

In Memoriam: Thelma Jean Grossholtz, 1929-2021

Professor Grossholtz joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke College in 1961 and founded the women’s studies program. She taught politics and women’s studies at the college. She retired in 1999.

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.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new diversity roles are Tiffany López at Arizona State University, Alaine Allen at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux at the California Institute of Technology, and Joanne Pluff at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Colleges and Universities

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Colleges and Universities

Emine Fetvaci was appointed to an endowed chair in Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. Tanja Kral has been named to an endowed chair in nursing science at the University of Pennsylvania and Amanda Bayer was appointed to the Franklin and Betty Barr Chair in Economics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

L. Song Richardson Will Be the Next President of Colorado College

L. Song Richardson Will Be the Next President of Colorado College

Richardson currently is the dean and chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. When she was appointed to that post in January 2018, she was the only woman of color to lead a top-30 law school. Earlier, she was senior associate dean for academic affairs at the law school.

American Educational Research Association to Honor Lynda Wiest of the University of Nevada

American Educational Research Association to Honor Lynda Wiest of the University of Nevada

Lynda Wiest, professor of mathematics education and educational equity at the University of Nevada, Reno, received the Willystine Goodsell Award which recognizes educators who support women, girls, and education through scholarship, activism, or community building.

Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership Established at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership Established at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The Center’s academic focus will include producing innovative and theoretically grounded research and creating a data center on issues of women and gender. J. Jarpa Dawuni, an associate professor of political science at the university, was named director of the new center.

Karen Kopera-Frye to Lead the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawai'i, Hilo

Karen Kopera-Frye to Lead the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawai’i, Hilo

Dr. Kopera-Frye is currently a professor in public health sciences at New Mexico State University, a position she has held since fall 2016. She has also served as associate dean for academics, and associate dean for research in the College of Health and Social Services, from September 2016 to January 2019.

In Memoriam: Kristie Lea Storms, 1986-2020

In Memoriam: Kristie Lea Storms, 1986-2020

Kristie Storms served as a family and consumer sciences educator for more than 12 years before joining Texas Tech as an instructor in 2018.

In Memoriam: Bettina Gilois, 1961-2020

In Memoriam: Bettina Gilois, 1961-2020

Bettina Gilois was an award-winning screenwriter and an assistant professor in the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange California.

Study Finds Women Outperform Men in College STEM Courses, But Are Still Perceived as Less Competent

Study Finds Women Outperform Men in College STEM Courses, But Are Still Perceived as Less Competent

The study by researchers at Colorado State University found that women had statistically higher course grades than men, higher university-wide GPAs than men, and were 1.5 times more likely to earn an A or A+ than men. Yet, both men and women students ranked men as the top students in these courses.

Five Women Who Have Stepped Down From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

Five Women Who Have Stepped Down From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

The women who are stepping down are Anne Prisco, president of Felician University in New Jersey, Mary Larson Diaz at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Holly Hanson at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Frances N. Coleman at Mississippi State University, and Jane Hegland at South Dakota State University.

A Quartet of Women Academics Who Have Announced Their Retirements

A Quartet of Women Academics Who Have Announced Their Retirements

The women scholars who are retiring are Karen Uehling at Boise State University in Idaho, Alfreda Brown at Kent State University in Ohio, Jeanine Basinger at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Deb Bergstrand at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Joyce Whitten McManus, 1936-2020

In Memoriam: Joyce Whitten McManus, 1936-2020

Dr. McManus became a long-time employee of Alcorn State University on the Natchez Campus as a member of the baccalaureate nursing program in 1978. She served on the university’s faculty for more than a quarter century.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Provost Positions at Major Universities

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Provost Positions at Major Universities

Marie Mora was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Mary Clark was named provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver and Teresa Kaye Woodruff was named the next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University.

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Named Provost at California Polytechnic State University

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Named Provost at California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at Michigan State University and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Marie Lynn Miranda Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana

Marie Lynn Miranda Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana

A professor of statistics at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Dr. Miranda was the university’s Howard R. Hughes Provost from 2015 to 2019. Earlier, she taught at the University of Michigan and Duke Univerity. Dr. Miranda will become provost at the University of Notre Dame on July 1.

In Memoriam: Jennifer Church Hightower, 1969-2020

In Memoriam: Jennifer Church Hightower, 1969-2020

Jennifer Church Hightower was vice president for student services at Arizona State University and a former dean of student affairs at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Cognard-Black Wins the $250,000 Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Jennifer Cognard-Black Wins the $250,000 Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Jennifer Cognard-Black is a professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Individuals nominated for the Cherry Award have proven themselves as extraordinary teachers with positive, inspiring and long-lasting effects on students.

Deboleena Roy Appointed Senior Associate Dean of Faculty at Emory University's College of Arts and Sciences

Deboleena Roy Appointed Senior Associate Dean of Faculty at Emory University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Roy is a professor and chair of the department of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Emory. She also serves as a professor in the department of neuroscience and behavioral biology.

Marie Bernardo-Sousa Chosen to Lead the Rhode Island Campus of Johnson & Wales University

Marie Bernardo-Sousa Chosen to Lead the Rhode Island Campus of Johnson & Wales University

Dr. Bernardo-Sousa has been serving since 2017 as senior vice president of administration and enrollment management at Johnson & Wales University. She first joined the staff at the university in 1988 when she worked in the office of the university registrar.

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

Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers

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: Casey Lynn Hanson, 1968-2018

In Memoriam: Casey Lynn Hanson, 1968-2018

Hanson began her career in the Alumni Office at the University of Idaho. She later held fundraising posts at Washington State University. At the time of her death, Hanson was director of development for the College of Education at the University of Idaho.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Williams Paddio, 1957-2018

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Williams Paddio, 1957-2018

Paddio served as vice president for student affairs at Talladega College in Alabama from 2008 to 2015. During her tenure, enrollment at the college quadrupled.

Three Women Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at Princeton University in New Jersey

Three Women Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at Princeton University in New Jersey

Amy Borovy was appointed full professor of East Asian studies at Princeton. Yael Niv was promoted to professor of psychology and a professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Sarah Rivett was named a full professor of English and American studies.