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College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

Currently, Dr. Katherine Rowe is provost and dean of the faculty at Smith College, a private, high-ranking liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts. Earlier, she served on the English department faculty at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania for 16 years.

Columbia University Scholar Appointed President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Columbia University Scholar Appointed President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Columbia University who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, has been appointed president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Sarah Pfatteicher to Lead the Five College Consortium in Massachusetts

Sarah Pfatteicher to Lead the Five College Consortium in Massachusetts

The Five College Consortium represents Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Pfatteicher is associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will begin her new job in April.

Smith College's Calculus Training Groups Aim to Increase Retention in STEM Disciplines

Smith College’s Calculus Training Groups Aim to Increase Retention in STEM Disciplines

The calculus training groups were established in 2016. Four women training groups meet for an hour each week outside of class to review assignments and practice skills, Peer mentors, who are paid for their work, help guide first-year students through their mathematics assignments.

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.

Ruth J. Simmons Appointed the Eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Ruth J. Simmons Appointed the Eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Dr. Simmons has been serving as interim president of the university since July. She served as the 18th president of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2001 to 2012. Before becoming president of Brown University, Dr. Simmons was president of Smith College, the highly rated liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Hires Eight Women to Its Faculty

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Hires Eight Women to Its Faculty

Smith College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in Northampton, Massachusetts, has announced the hiring of 13 new tenure-track faculty members. Eight of the new hires are women.

Ruth Simmons Appointed Interim President of Prairie View A&M University

Ruth Simmons Appointed Interim President of Prairie View A&M University

Ruth Simmons, who served as the 18th president of Brown University, the Ivy League educational institution in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2001 to 2012, has been named the interim president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Four Women Retiring From Their High-Level Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Retiring From Their High-Level Posts at Colleges and Universities

The women who are retiring are Christine Jackson at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mary Blaine Campbell at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Joan Morrison at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Paula J. Giddings at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Four Women Stepping Down From High-Level Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Stepping Down From High-Level Posts at Colleges and Universities

Stepping down from their positions are Terrie Fox Wetle at Brown University, Christine M. Shelton at Smith College, Ellison Banks Findly at Trinity College and Helayne Spivak at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brenda Allen Named the Fourteenth President of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

Brenda Allen Named the Fourteenth President of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

Dr. Allen has been serving as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She is the former associate provost for institutional diversity at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Earlier, she taught at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The Next President of Cypress College in California

The Next President of Cypress College in California

Dr. JoAnna Schilling, a graduate of Smith College, has been serving as the interim vice president for academic affairs at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. Earlier, she was vice president for academic affairs at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California.

In Memoriam: Caren L. Diefenderfer

In Memoriam: Caren L. Diefenderfer

Professor Diefenderfer joined the faculty at Hollins University in 1977. In January of this year, she was presented with the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

New Positions for Four Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

New Positions for Four Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Megan Finno-Valasquez at New Mexico State University, Lisa Mohanty at Trident University International, Ruth Ozeki at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Maura Dykstra at the California Institute of Technology.

Three Women in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three Women in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative positions at academic institutions are Susan Davies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Shawna Cooper-Gibson at Loyola University Chicago, and Emma Imbrie Chubb at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: Mary Maples Dunn, 1931-2017

In Memoriam: Mary Maples Dunn, 1931-2017

Mary Maples Dunn served as the eighth president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1985 to 1995. Later, she was the inaugural dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Smith College Promotes Four Women Faculty Members

Smith College Promotes Four Women Faculty Members

Smith College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in Northampton, Massachusetts, has announced the promotion of 12 faculty members. Four of these promotions were earned by women: Ginetta Candelario in sociology, Angie Hauseer in dance, Elizabeth Jamieson in chemistry and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor in history.

Smith College Goes All In on Sustainability

Smith College Goes All In on Sustainability

The Study Group on Climate Change at Smith College, the highly rated liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts, has released a report with recommendations on how to embed sustainable development into all aspects of campus life.

The First Woman Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

The First Woman Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Since 2015, Dr. Christ has served as director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education and interim executive vice chancellor and provost at Berkeley. From 2002 to 2013, Dr. Christ was president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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.

Four Women’s Colleges Among the Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers

Four Women’s Colleges Among the Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and Spelman College in Atlanta ranked in a tie for seventh place on the small colleges list with 11 alumnae currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

Anne Prescott Earns Book Award from the Association for Asian Studies

Anne Prescott Earns Book Award from the Association for Asian Studies

Anne Prescott, director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies in Amherst, Massachusetts, won the annual prize that recognizes an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level.

Smith College Reports Its Tenth Consecutive Year of a Record Number of Applicants

Smith College Reports Its Tenth Consecutive Year of a Record Number of Applicants

Smith College received 5,432 applications for places in the class that will enter the college this coming fall. This is an increase of 3 percent from a year ago. Since 2013, the number of applicants is up 21 percent.

Smith College Will No Longer Have a Varsity Equestrian Team

Smith College Will No Longer Have a Varsity Equestrian Team

The Smith College equestrian team will continue to exist as a club sport under the auspices of the student government association rather than the athletics department.

Historical Archive of Smith College's Alumnae Magazine Is Now Available Online

Historical Archive of Smith College’s Alumnae Magazine Is Now Available Online

The Smith Alumnae Quarterly was first published in 1909. The online archive of every issue of the quarterly not only offers a look into the past at Smith College but is also a valuable resource relating to women’s history.

Where Do Women's Colleges Stand in the New <em>U.S. News</em> Rankings?

Where Do Women’s Colleges Stand in the New U.S. News Rankings?

Some women’s colleges made impressive gains in their rankings. In fact of the six women’s colleges ranked in the top 50 of all national liberal arts colleges, five have shown an improvement over their rankings in 2013. Wellesley College is now ranked third nationally among all liberal arts colleges.

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.

An Unfriendly Workplace Is the Culprit in High Levels of Stress for Women in Male-Dominated Occupations

An Unfriendly Workplace Is the Culprit in High Levels of Stress for Women in Male-Dominated Occupations

A new study by Cate Taylor, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Indiana, finds that the reason for the high levels of stress for women in male-dominated occupations have little to do with the women but are mostly related to the workplace environment.

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Eight Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions in Higher Education

The new deans are Katherine O’Dair at Harvard, Kimberlee Kae Kidwell and Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell at the University of Illinois, Susan Fliss at Smith College, Christine Hailey at Texas State, Lenora Campbell at North Carolina A&T, Susan Mehrer at Dartmouth, and Cheryl Addy at the University of South Carolina.

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.

In Memoriam: Suzanne Hammond Corkin, 1937-2016

In Memoriam: Suzanne Hammond Corkin, 1937-2016

Suzanne Corkin was a professor of neuroscience emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During her 51-year career at MIT, Dr. Corkin’s research focused on patients with neurological disease including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Three Women Scholars Announce Their Retirements

Three Women Scholars Announce Their Retirements

Lucinda Barnes has been serving as the chief curator and director of programs for the University of California Berkeley Art Museum. Catherine Nye has retired as an associate professor of social work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Deborah Tapler was named professor emerita of nursing at Texas Woman’s University.

Three Women Professors Announce Their Retirements

Three Women Professors Announce Their Retirements

Stepping down from their teaching posts are Gladys Keeton at Texas Woman’s University, Marilyn Rhie at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Bonnie S. Slovis at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Three Women Who Are Leaving Their Posts in Academia

Three Women Who Are Leaving Their Posts in Academia

Professors Protima Roy at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, and Joan Berzoff at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, are retiring. In addition, Ellen Robertson Green, a vice president at Amarillo College in Texas, has resigned.

Website Offers Its Choices for the Best Women’s Colleges in the United States

Website Offers Its Choices for the Best Women’s Colleges in the United States

Wellesley College in Massachusetts was rated as the best women’s college in the nation by the College Choice website. Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, was ranked second with Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania holding the third spot.