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Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

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

Crystal Williams Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Rhode Island School of Design

Crystal Williams Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Rhode Island School of Design

President-elect Williams has been serving as a professor of English and vice president and associate provost for community & inclusion at Boston University. She began her academic career at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She later served as associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

In Memoriam: Kariamu Welsh, 1949-2021

In Memoriam: Kariamu Welsh, 1949-2021

After studying as a Fulbright scholar in Africa, Welsh joined the faculty at Temple University in 1985. She earned a doctorate in dance history at New York University and joined the dance faculty at Temple in 1999.

Former Law School Professor Named President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Former Law School Professor Named President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Janai Nelson has served as associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for the past eight years. Earlier, she spent nearly 10 years in academia as a full professor and high-level administrator and dean at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.

Cynthia Rudin Wins the $1 Million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity

Cynthia Rudin Wins the $1 Million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity

Cynthia Rudin,  professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was won the $1 million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Founded in 1979, AAAI serves as the prominent international scientific society serving […]

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new titles or assignments are Kerstin Perez at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Suzanne Lang at Michigan State University, Jeanette Wing at Columbia University in New York, Dorothy E. Hines at the University of Kansas, Srah Rifky at Virginia Commonwealth University, Christine Rapp Prescott at New York University, and Trimiko Melancon at Michigan State University

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell Will Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell Will Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

Dr. Campbell became president of Spelman College in Atlanta on August 1, 2015. She is dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and University Professor of art and public policy at New York University. Early in her career she was the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem and was cultural affairs commissioner for the City of New York. She joined the faculty at New York University in 1991 and served as dean for two decades.

Women Academics Are Likely to Feel Like Imposters in Fields Regarded as Needing "Brilliance" to Succeed

Women Academics Are Likely to Feel Like Imposters in Fields Regarded as Needing “Brilliance” to Succeed

A new study led by psychologists at New York University finds that the more an academic discipline is perceived to require raw talent or “brilliance” for success, the more both women and early-career academics feel professionally inadequate — like “impostors”. This is particularly true for women from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in these fields.

Virginia Commonwealth University's First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani, who has served as an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence at New York University, is the recipient of the 2021 Cabell First Novelist Award given by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The award, now in its 20th year, honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year.

Four Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed University Positions

Four Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed University Positions

The four women appointed to endowed posts are Nicole R. Fleetwood at new York University, Jennifer S. Tuttle at the Univesity of New England in Biddeford, Maine, Abigail Hornstein at Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut, and Leela Gandhi at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Anna Harvey to Lead the Social Science Research Council

Professor Anna Harvey to Lead the Social Science Research Council

Professor Harvey is a professor of politics at New York University. She also serves as the founding director of the Public Safety Lab a community-engaged research initiative that draws on the dual lenses of social science and data science to provide insight into mass incarceration and recommendations for improvement of the criminal justice system.

University of North Dakota Scholar's Book Honored by the Society of Professors of Education

University of North Dakota Scholar’s Book Honored by the Society of Professors of Education

Diana D’Amico Pawlewicz, an assistant professor of education, health, and behavior at the University of North Dakota, received the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education.

Six Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Major Universities

Six Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Major Universities

The six women appointed to dean posts are Marie T. Nolan at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Dana A. Williams at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Angie Kamath at New York University, Ann E. Auston at Michigan State University, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro at Rice University in Houston, and Deborah Berke at Yale University.

Study Finds a Gender Gap in Negotiation Skills as Early as Age 8

Study Finds a Gender Gap in Negotiation Skills as Early as Age 8

The study of a large group of boys and girls between ages four and nine found the gap appears when girls who participated in the study were asked to negotiate with a male evaluator, a finding that mirrors the dynamics of the negotiation gap that persists between men and women in the workforce. There was no gender gap between boys and girls when there was a woman evaluator.

University of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum to Receive the 2021 Holberg Prize

University of Chicago’s Martha Nussbaum to Receive the 2021 Holberg Prize

The Holberg Prize is one of the most prestigious international awards given to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law, or theology. She is scheduled to receive the award – worth approximately $705,000 – during a ceremony at the University of Bergen in Norway.

In Memoriam: Naomi Ruth Bronheim Levine, 1923-2021

In Memoriam: Naomi Ruth Bronheim Levine, 1923-2021

Naomi Levine, a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia Law Schools, raised over $2 billion as the chief fundraiser for New York University in the late 20th century. Earlier in her career, Levine was the executive director of the American Jewish Congress.

Deborah Archer Elected President of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union

Deborah Archer Elected President of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union

Deborah Archer is a tenured professor of clinical law and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, and co-faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law. She will be the first African American woman to lead the ACLU in its 101-year history.

New York University Scholar Wins Top Award in Occupational Therapy

New York University Scholar Wins Top Award in Occupational Therapy

Kristie Patten, an associate professor and vice dean for academic affairs at the Steinhardt School of New York University, is the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s prestigious Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award. The award is considered the highest honor in the profession of occupational therapy.

Study Claims That Early-Career Women Scientists May Do Better If They Have a Male Mentor

Study Claims That Early-Career Women Scientists May Do Better If They Have a Male Mentor

A study published on the website of the journal Nature Communications by researchers at the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University concluded that “opposite-gender mentorship may actually increase the impact of women who pursue a scientific career.” The paper has created a firestorm in academic circles.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

Lisette Garcia has been named assistant vice president of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Pennsylvania State University. Cheryl Waites Spellman is the interim special assistant to the chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Maria Ramirez was appointed the director of equity initiatives at New York University.

Three Women Who Will Be Taking on New Administrative Duties at Major Universities

Three Women Who Will Be Taking on New Administrative Duties at Major Universities

Gloria Johnson-Cusack was appointed senior advisor to the president at Florida International University. Irem Tumer has been named vice president for research at Oregon State University and Aisha Oliver-Staley was appointed general counsel and university secretary at New York University.

Isabel Wilkerson Is the Inaugural Winner of the $100,000 NYU/Axinn Foundation Prize

Isabel Wilkerson Is the Inaugural Winner of the $100,000 NYU/Axinn Foundation Prize

A graduate of Howard University, Professor Wilkerson has taught at Emory University, Princeton University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. She won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1994, as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. She was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Five Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

The women appointed to diversity posts are Norma Holland at the University of Rochester, Fatiah Tourney at the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University, Karen Armstrong at Pennsylvania State University, Stephany Rose Spaulding at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Kamille Dean at Fordham Law School in New York.

New York University Aims to Address the Gender Disparity in Entrepreneurship

New York University Aims to Address the Gender Disparity in Entrepreneurship

The Female Founders Fellowship program supports entrepreneurs by plugging them into NYU’s ecosystem of resources, and, upon graduation, invites them to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to help alleviate the financial burden of early-career startup costs.

In Memoriam: Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, 1932-2020

In Memoriam: Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, 1932-2020

Dr. Mollenkott taught at Temple University and  Bob Jones University. She later chaired the English departments at Shelton College in Ringwood, New Jersey, and Nyack College in New York. She taught for 30 years at William Patterson University, before retiring in 1997.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Taking on new roles are Claudia Rankine at New York Univerity, Lydia Moland at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Pamela VanHaitsma, at Pennsylvania State University, Fotini Christia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Heather Nachtmann at the University of Arkansas.

Deborah Damast of New York University Honored For Her Work in Dance Education

Deborah Damast of New York University Honored For Her Work in Dance Education

Deborah Damast has been teaching dance education at New York University since 2002, and now serves as the program director. She is also a professional dancer and choreographer and is studying for a doctorate in dance education at Columbia University.

Deborah Thomas Honored for Her Work to End Gender Bias in Anthropology

Deborah Thomas Honored for Her Work to End Gender Bias in Anthropology

Deborah Thomas, the R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Gender Equity Award from the American Anthropological Association.

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Seven Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

In Memoriam: Helen Pittas Damico, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: Helen Pittas Damico, 1931-2020

Helen Damico was professor emerita of medieval language and literature at the University of New Mexico. A native of Greece, she taught at the university for 31 years.

Four Women Authors Are Selected as Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Four Women Authors Are Selected as Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Four of the six winning authors this year are women. Each has some ties to higher education.

Colleges and Universities That Have Appointed 10 Women to New Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities That Have Appointed 10 Women to New Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

C. Nicole Mason Is the New President of the Institute for Women's Policy Research

C. Nicole Mason Is the New President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Prior to taking over the leadership of the Institute, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has also taught at Georgetown University and Spelman College.

Children's Gender Stereotypes About Intelligence Vary by Race

Children’s Gender Stereotypes About Intelligence Vary by Race

Previous research has found that by the age of 6, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender. But a new study shows that this gender stereotype is not applied by children of all races to Black men and women.

Eight Women Academics Who Have Been Assigned New Duties in Higher Education

Eight Women Academics Who Have Been Assigned New Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s listing of women faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.