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African Literature and Culture Society Honors Duriel Harris for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry

African Literature and Culture Society Honors Duriel Harris for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry

Dr. Harris has served as a professor of poetry and poetics at Illinois State University for the past 15 years. Her teaching and academic interests include poetry writing, poetics, and African American literature.

Nancy Cantor Named President of Hunter College in New York

Nancy Cantor Named President of Hunter College in New York

Dr. Cantor says she is “eager to collaborate with communities across New York City to highlight how higher education can answer the call of what the public needs, now and going forward.”

Four Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at the University of Illinois

Four Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at the University of Illinois

The new endowed chairs include Klara Nahrstedt, a professor of computer science, D. Fairchild Ruggles, a professor of landscape architecture, Cynthia Oliver, a professor of dance, and Chrystalla Mouza, a professor and dean of the College of Education.

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad,, a professor of computer science at Northeastern University, recently received the Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation in Turin Italy. The prize is considered the highest international recognition for scientists in the field of complex systems and data.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new roles relating to diversity are Haley Morgan Smith at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, Lynette Yarger at the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University, and Nicole Del Castillo at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Lauren B. Schellenberger Appointed President of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri

Lauren B. Schellenberger Appointed President of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri

Dr. Schellenberger began her career at the college as an assistant professor of biology. Administratively, Dr. Schellenberger has served the college in executive leadership roles since 2018, most recently as provost. She is an expert in crop science, botany, and plant pathology.

In Memoriam: Mary Jean Bailey DeMarr, 1932-2023

Dr. DeMarr taught at Willamette College in Salem, Oregon, before joining the department of English at Indiana State University, where she specialized in American literature and was instrumental in the development of the women’s studies program.

University of Arkansas' Ana Bridges to Serve as President of National Latinx Psychological Association

University of Arkansas’ Ana Bridges to Serve as President of National Latinx Psychological Association

At the University of Arkansas, Dr. Bridges is the director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology, and director of the Diversity Research and Enhanced Access for Minorities (DREAM) lab. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing mental health disparities in vulnerable, underserved populations.

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

The four chosen to serve as deans are Saonee Sarker at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Anne Power at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa, Claire Stewart at the University of Illinois, and Kathleen Rudasill at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In Memoriam: Joyce Cohen Lashof, 1926-2022

In Memoriam: Joyce Cohen Lashof, 1926-2022

In 1973, Dr. Lashof became the first female director of the State of Illinois Public Health Department. She served as deputy assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and as assistant director of the Office of Technology Assessment before becoming the first female dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Alicia Córdoba is the New President of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Alicia Córdoba is the New President of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Córdoba brings more than two decades of experience in Catholic higher education, both as a faculty member and administrator, to her new role leading Aquinas College. She has been serving as associate vice president and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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

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

The appointments went to Eva Skuka at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Martha Glass at Virginia Tech, Michelle Knight-Manuel at the University of Denver, Ingrid S. Fulmer at the University of Illinois, Shannon Hader at American University, Susan C. Alberts at Duke University, and Amy Murtha at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Christy Harris Lemak Honored by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Christy Harris Lemak Honored by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Christy Harris Lemak is a professor and chair of the department of health services administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was honored for her outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare management education.

In Memoriam: Susan Welch, 1943-2022

In Memoriam: Susan Welch, 1943-2022

Dr. Welch began her 50-year academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska. She remained on the faculty there for 21 years before coming to Pennsylvania State University in 1991 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. She served in that role until 2019, the longest-serving dean in the history of the university.

A Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

A Dozen Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

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

Jennifer Brown Will Be the Next Provost at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Jennifer Brown Will Be the Next Provost at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Brown is currently the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining the University of California, Riverside in 2018, Dr. Brown served as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University. She began her faculty career at Purdue University in 2004. She will begin her new duties on April 1.

Two Women Academics Are Among the Seven 2021 Doris Duke Artists

Two Women Academics Are Among the Seven 2021 Doris Duke Artists

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation recently announced the seven 2021 Doris Duke Artists, each receiving an award of $275,000. Among the winners are Kris Davis, associate program director of creative development at the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice in Boston and Cynthia Oliver,a professor of dance at the University of Illinois.

Markita del Carpio Landry Wins a Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Markita del Carpio Landry Wins a Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Markita del Carpio Landry, an assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is being honored for the development of probes to visualize neurochemical communication in the brain, and for breakthroughs in gene-editing technologies with applications for agriculture and the development of edible biologic drugs.

Do Merit-Based Pay Systems Reduce the Gender Compensation Gap?

Do Merit-Based Pay Systems Reduce the Gender Compensation Gap?

A new study led by Eunmi Mun, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, finds that rather than reducing gender-based pay inequality by limiting managers’ reliance on factors such as gender bias and favoritism, a shift to performance bonuses and other meritocratic employment practices may actually widen the gap by preserving the status quo.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Eight Women to Dean Positions

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Eight Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Rosario Ceballo at Georgetown University, Venetria K. Patton at the University of Illinois, Andrea Goodwin at the University of Maryland, Sharon Subreenduth at Georgia Southern University, Michelle Corley at Central State University in Ohio, Emmeline de Pillis at the University of La Verne in California, Toneyce S. Randolph at Clinton College in South Carolina, and Linda R. Edwards at the University of Florida -Jacksonville.

Kathleen Condray Is Selected as the Winner of the 2021 Booker Worthen Literary Prize

Kathleen Condray Is Selected as the Winner of the 2021 Booker Worthen Literary Prize

Kathleen Condray, a professor of German at the University of Arkansas is the 2021 recipient of the Booker Worthen Literary Prize for her book on the German speakers who settled in Arkansas. Mining the archive of the German-language newspaper Das Arkansas Echo, Dr. Condray sheds light on how these immigrants navigated their new identity as southern Americans.

In Memoriam: Sally Miller Gearhart, 1931-2021

In Memoriam: Sally Miller Gearhart, 1931-2021

In 1973, Dr. Gearhart was hired by San Francisco State University, where she became the first open lesbian to be granted tenure at a major university in the United States. There, she played a major role in developing one of the first women and gender studies programs in the nation.

The Next Provost at the University of Texas at Austin

The Next Provost at the University of Texas at Austin

Since 2014, Sharon Wood has been serving as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas. She joined the faculty at the university in 1994. Professor Wood is internationally recognized for her research on the earthquake response of reinforced concrete structures.

In Memoriam: Susan Anne Odom, 1980-2021

In Memoriam: Susan Anne Odom, 1980-2021

Susan Odom, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, died late last month after falling on the stairs at her home in Lexington, Kentucky. She was 40 years old.

University of Iowa Names Barbara J. Wilson as its Next President

University of Iowa Names Barbara J. Wilson as its Next President

Since 2016, Dr. Wilson has served as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System. Earlier at the University of Illinois, she served as the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as head of the department of communication.

New College of Florida Appoints Patricia Okker as its Next President

New College of Florida Appoints Patricia Okker as its Next President

Dr. Okker has served as dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri since 2017. She joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of English in 1990. From 2005 to 2011, Professor Okker chaired the English department at the university.

Majorie Hass Will Be the First Woman to Lead the Council of Independent Colleges

Majorie Hass Will Be the First Woman to Lead the Council of Independent Colleges

Dr. Hass has been president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, since 2017. Prior to that role, Dr. Hass was president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Earlier, she spent more than 16 years as a member of the faculty and administration at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, rising to the rank of provost.

University of Illinois Entomologist Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

University of Illinois Entomologist Honored for Work to Enhance Public Engagement With Science

Esther Ngumbi, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Illinois is the 2021 recipient of the Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, an annual award given out by the  American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previous winners have included Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nabanou Nozari Honored for Research on How the Brain Translates Abstract Thoughts into Words and Sentences

Nabanou Nozari Honored for Research on How the Brain Translates Abstract Thoughts into Words and Sentences

Nazbanou Nozari, an associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was honored by the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the area of human cognition and learning.

NASPA Presents an Award for Mentoring Graduate Faculty to Kathy Guthrie of Florida State University

NASPA Presents an Award for Mentoring Graduate Faculty to Kathy Guthrie of Florida State University

Kathy Guthrie, an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida State University, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The award is the highest honor that NASPA gives to a graduate faculty member.

University of Utah Leader to Become President of Strada Impact in April

University of Utah Leader to Become President of Strada Impact in April

Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah since 2018, announced that she has accepted a position as president of Strada Impact, where she will drive Strada Education Network’s national research, philanthropy, policy, and thought leadership with the goal of improving students’ access to college, degree completion and career connections.

University of Illinois Study Finds Rise in Non-Virus-Related Death Rates for Women in Early Months of the Pandemic

University of Illinois Study Finds Rise in Non-Virus-Related Death Rates for Women in Early Months of the Pandemic

The authors found that death rates for 17 of 18 cohorts of age and gender groups were higher than was the case in the same months of 2019. The only age and gender group that showed a decline in death rates was for girls ages 5 to 14.

University of Illinois Hires Three Women for Its President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program

University of Illinois Hires Three Women for Its President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program

In 2018, the University of Illinois System announced the three-year, $60 million President’s Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program to hire distinguished faculty across a wide range of disciplines. The three women recently hired under the initiative are Ana P. Barros in civil and environmental engineering, Bernadette Sánchez in educational psychology, and Lesley Sneed in civil engineering.

Northwestern University's Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Northwestern University’s Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Dr. Lee served as Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy and as a professor of African American studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She became professor emerita in 2019. Professor Lee will serve a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education beginning in November 2021.

American Society for Cell Biology Recognizes the Research of Dartmouth's Prachee Avasthi

American Society for Cell Biology Recognizes the Research of Dartmouth’s Prachee Avasthi

The 2020 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research is given each year “to a woman who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.”