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Princeton University Scholar Earns the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Princeton University Scholar Earns the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Yiyun Li, professor of creative writing at Princeton, is being honored. The award is given to the author of a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, and that has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence.

Debra Schwinn to Be the Ninth President of Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida

Debra Schwinn to Be the Ninth President of Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida

Dr. Schwinn has served as associate vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Carver College of Medicine, and professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry at the University of Iowa. She earned a medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Three Women Appointed to Positions as Deans at State Universities

Three Women Appointed to Positions as Deans at State Universities

Harriet B. Nembhard was appointed dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering. Mari Castañeda has been named dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Northern Colorado has appointed SherRhonda Gibbs as dean of its College of Business.

Hollins University Associate Professor and Novelist Jessie van Eerden Wins Fiction Award

Hollins University Associate Professor and Novelist Jessie van Eerden Wins Fiction Award

Jessie van Eerden, associate professor of creative writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. The award recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing.

In Memoriam: Jane Whitaker Mead, 1958-2019

In Memoriam: Jane Whitaker Mead, 1958-2019

For many years Jane Mead, an accomplished poet and educator, served as poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Carol Becker Lynch, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Carol Becker Lynch, 1942-2019

In 1973, Dr. Lynch joined the faculty at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She taught biology there for almost 20 years. In 1992, Dr. Lynch accepted an appointment as dean of the Graduate School, vice chancellor for research, and professor of ecological and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Boise State University's Emily Ruskovich Wins the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award

Boise State University’s Emily Ruskovich Wins the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award

Emily Ruskovich, an assistant professor in the department of theatre, film, and creative writing at Boise State University, was honored for her novel Idaho. The award is given by the Dublin, Ireland city council and comes with a prize of 100,000 euros.

Tayari Jones Wins Women's Prize for Fiction for Her Book, <em>An American Marriage</em>

Tayari Jones Wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for Her Book, An American Marriage

Professor Jones serves as a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. An American Marriage tells the story of Celestial and Roy, two Black newlyweds whose pursuit of the American dream is violently interrupted when Roy is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

Four Women Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

The four women faculty members in new roles are Karen B. Gaskill at Catawba College in North Carolina, Claire Gmachi at Princeton University in New Jersey, Kelli V. Randall at Lingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Tammie Walker at the University of Iowa.

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions at State-Operated Universities

Two Women Appointed to Provost Positions at State-Operated Universities

Nancy Niemi has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Montserrat Fuentes has been named executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa.

Rachelle Karstens Appointed the Eleventh President of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa

Rachelle Karstens Appointed the Eleventh President of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa

President Karstens came to Briar Cliff University in May 2017 as chief of staff to the university’s president. When the university’s president resigned two months later, Karstens was named interim president. She has now been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.

Deans by the Dozen: Twelve Women Appointed to New Positions

Deans by the Dozen: Twelve Women Appointed to New Positions

Twelve college and universities across the United States have recently announced the appointments of women to dean positions.

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

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

Six Universities Appoint Women Scholars to Positions as Deans

Six Universities Appoint Women Scholars to Positions as Deans

Appointed to dean posts are Bridget Terry Long at Harvard University, Constance Relihan at Virginia Commonwealth University, Piyushimita Thakuriah at Rutgers University, Edith Parker at the University of Iowa, Kathryn Graddy at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and Pauline Sampson at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

Five Women Scholars at State Universities Honored With Prestigious Awards

Five Women Scholars at State Universities Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Gloria Billingsley at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Kristina Olson at the University of Washington, Sandra NcGeee at the University of Iowa, Janice Jackson at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Deborah J. Wiebe at the University of California, Merced.

The University of Iowa Removes Name of Stephen Wynn From its Institute for Vision Research

The University of Iowa Removes Name of Stephen Wynn From its Institute for Vision Research

Stephen Wynn, who built a vast empire of casino properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, has been accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees over the course of many years. In 2013, Wynn made a $25 million pledge to the university for research to cure hereditary blindness.

Boise State University Scholar Wins the Pacific Northwest Book Award in Fiction

Boise State University Scholar Wins the Pacific Northwest Book Award in Fiction

Emily Ruskovich, an assistant professor in the graduate program in creative writing at Boise State University in Idaho, received the 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Award in the fiction category for her debut novel Idaho.

The Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The archives include nearly 1,200 collections of personal papers, records of women’s organizations, and oral histories of women from across the state.

The Only Woman of Color to Lead One of the Nation's 30 Highest-Ranked Law Schools

The Only Woman of Color to Lead One of the Nation’s 30 Highest-Ranked Law Schools

L. Song Richardson was named dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Richardson has served as interim dean since July and previously was senior associate dean for academic affairs. She joined the faculty at the law school in 2014.

Geography Scholar Files a Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against the University of North Carolina

Geography Scholar Files a Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against the University of North Carolina

The suit alleges gender discrimination and retaliation against associate professor of geography Altha Cravey after she raised concerns about sexual and racial discrimination at the university.

In Memoriam: Hannah Frank, 1984-2017

In Memoriam: Hannah Frank, 1984-2017

Hannah Frank, an assistant professor of film studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, died on August 28, from what authorities believe was a case of pneumococcal meningitis. She was 33 years old.

University of Nebraska Awards Book Prizes in Fiction and Poetry to Two Women Scholars

University of Nebraska Awards Book Prizes in Fiction and Poetry to Two Women Scholars

Prairie Schooner, the University of Nebraska’s literary journal, has announced the winners of its 2017 book prizes in fiction and poetry. The winners will receive a cash award and have their books published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Fourteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Fourteen Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

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.

Seventeen Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Seventeen Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles 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.

Five Women Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Five Women Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

The five new deans are Elizabeth Frombgen at Thiel College in Pennsylvania, Linda Caron at Wright State University in Ohio, Julie Zerwic at the University of Iowa, Mary Farrell at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Donna M. Eddleman at the University of Redlands in California.

Eight Women Assigned to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Eight Women Assigned to New 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.

University of Tennessee Scholar Wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

University of Tennessee Scholar Wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Joy Harjo, a professor of English at the University of Tennessee, is being recognized for lifetime achievement in poetry. She will receive a $100,000 prize and will be honored at a ceremony in Chicago on June 12.

University of Wyoming Scholar Wins Book Award

University of Wyoming Scholar Wins Book Award

Rachel McLean Sailor, an associate professor of art history at the University of Wyoming, has been named the winner of the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. The award is presented biennially to a woman author of a nonfiction book on a western American topic.

Glendale Community College Scholar Honored by PEN America

Glendale Community College Scholar Honored by PEN America

Angela Morales, an instructor in composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College in California, received 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay from PEN America.

In Memoriam: Alice Louise Davison, 1940-2017

In Memoriam: Alice Louise Davison, 1940-2017

Alice Davison was an associate professor emerita in the department of linguistics at the University of Iowa. She joined the faculty at the university in 1989 and retired from teaching in 2016.

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Assignments for Eight Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

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.

Faculty Diversity at the University of Iowa: Women Have a Long Way to Catch Up

Faculty Diversity at the University of Iowa: Women Have a Long Way to Catch Up

The University of Iowa reports that as of November 2016, 32.3 percent of tenured or tenure-track faculty members are women. Women make up 92.9 percent of the faculty in the College of Nursing but only 12.6 percent of the total faculty in the College of Engineering.

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Large State Universities

Three Women Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Large State Universities

The three women scholars appointed to endowed chairs are Laura Peracchio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Maya Steinitz at the University of Iowa College of Law, and Ashlea Bennett Milburn at the University of Arkansas.

In Memoriam: Martha A. Adams, 1926-2017

In Memoriam: Martha A. Adams, 1926-2017

Martha “Marty” Adams was a long-time coach, administrator and faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. She was appointed to the faculty in 1955 and was instrumental in the establishment of intercollegiate sports for women at Penn State. Adams retired in 1987 as an assistant dean for undergraduate programs.

One Woman Among Finalists for Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia

One Woman Among Finalists for Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia

Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.