Naylor, who taught creative writing at several univeraities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.
The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 23 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, 12 are women. All but one have current ties to the academic world.
Shelly Stamp, a professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz has been selected to receive the 2015 Book Award from the Theatre Library Association. The award honors the best English-language book on theatre, film, or broadcasting.
Joy Connolly has been a professor of classics at New York University. She also has been serving as dean for the humanities. Professor Connolly is an expert on Roman culture and politics.
Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will receive a gold medal and a cash prize of 50 million yen, equal to about $472,000, at ceremonies in Japan this coming November.
Leila Kawar, an assistant professor of legal studies in the department of political science at the University of Massachusetts, received the Herbert Jacob Book Prize at the annual convention of the Law and Society Association in New Orleans.
Susan Tolchin was a political scientist, educator, and author who taught for 16 years at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She authored or co-authored 10 books on political topics.
Here is this week’s roundup of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions.
Lynn Videka was appointed dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan and Jennifer Dennis is the new dean of the Graduate School and vice provost at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Felice Batlan is a professor of law and the associate dean for faculty at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was honored for her book Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945.
Dr. Fleming currently serves as deputy provost and vice chancellor for Europe at the university. She also serves as the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization and as director of the Remarque Institute at the university.
Margaret DuPlissis Diddams currently serves as assistant provost at Seattle Pacific University in Washington State. She has been on the faculty there since 1993. Dr. Diddams will begin her role as provost at Wheaton College on June 1
Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.
Professor Martha Hodes is being honored for her book Mourning Lincoln which examines how ordinary Americans – Black and White, northerners and southerners – reacted to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
Linda Darling Hammond of Stanford University was rated as the most influential university-based education scholar in the United States. Also among the top 10 influential scholars are Diane Ravitch of New York University and Glorida Ladson-Billings of the University of WIsconsin-Madison.
Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.
She is a professor of history and professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University. Professor Ferrer will receive the $25,000 prize for the best book of the year on slavery or abolition at ceremonies in New York this coming February.
Emily Raboteau, a professor of English and creative writing at the City College of New York, won the $20,000 first prize for her 100-word short story entitled “Oysters.” It was selected from more than 35,000 entries worldwide.
Sally Freeman-Hawks was the former associate dean and executive director of counseling and academic advising in the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also was an adjunct professor teaching courses in psychology, communication, and education.
Recipients of the American Chemical Society’s Rising Star Award have “demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.” Of this year’s 10 winners, six have current affiliations with academic institutions.
Since June 2012, Dr. Wollman has been serving as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Previous to that appointment, Dr. Wollman served as vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College in Boston.
The Gish Prize, considered among the top honors in the arts, comes with a cash award valued at $300,000. Parks is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and teaches creative writing at New York University.
Dawn Bratsch-Prince Is a Finalist for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University
Dawn Bratsch-Prince is associate provost for faculty and a professor of Spanish at Iowa State University in Ames. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance philology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nine individuals received the National Humanities Medal at a White House ceremony on September 10. Among the nine individual winners are five women with current ties to the academic world.
Evelyn M. Witkin, professor emerita at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is being honored for her work in creating the field of DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair which have played an important role in clinical radiation therapy for cancer.
The research found that 41 percent of young women and 11 percent of young men who used opioid drugs reported that they had been forced to have sex without their consent.
Each Rita Allen Foundation Scholar will receive up to $110,000 for a maximum of five years to support their research. The winners are Minoree Kohwi of Columbia University, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy of Northwestern University, Julie Law of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Yi Ye of New York University.
The new deans are Kristie Ogilvie at Meredith College in North Carolina, Jill Dolan at Princeton University, Sara Thompson at the University of Colorado, Cheryl Wyrick at Cal Poly Pomona, Cheryl Healton at New York University, and Gina S. Brown at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative posts at the nation’s leading colleges and universities.
Of the 27 new American members of the American Philosophical Society, 10 are women. Nine of the 10 women selected have current ties to the academic world.
The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers. The program was designed to expand opportunities for women in ballet, a field where men make up a large percentage of ballet leadership and choreographers.
Julia Wolfe, an assistant professor of music composition at New York University, was honored for her composition “Anthracite Fields,” a 45-minute multimedia presentation about the plight of coal miners in Pennsylvania.
Mometrix Test Preparation recently published a list of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States.” Twenty-eight of the 30 influential deans are women. Leading the rankings is Patricia Davidson, dean of nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Mary Schmidt Campbell is dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and University Professor of art and public policy at New York University. She will become president of Spelman College on August 1.
Three women scientists currently conducting research in the United States were recently honored in Paris as International Rising Talents by the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science program.