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Kristi Mindrup to Lead Western Illinois University

Kristi Mindrup to Lead Western Illinois University

Dr. Mindrup has been serving at the university’s Quad Cities campus as vice president of operations. She has been with the university for 27 years.

Six Women Named to Leadership Positions In Higher Education Administration

Six Women Named to Leadership Positions In Higher Education Administration

Appointments include Randy Gomez of Berkeley College, Victoria Benjamin of Colorado State University, Julie Smith of North Carolina State University, Lynda Tieck of Boise State University, Beth Goetz of the University of Iowa, and Andrea LaGatta of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

In Memoriam: Marilyn Maxine Preheim Rose, 1927-2023

In Memoriam: Marilyn Maxine Preheim Rose, 1927-2023

Dr. Rose taught the first course on anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Iowa, and subsequently taught in both the anthropology and women’s studies departments at the university, with a focus on women and aging in cross-cultural perspectives.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Four Women to Endowed Professorships

Universities Announce the Appointment of Four Women to Endowed Professorships

The four women named to endowed professorships are Jeannette M. Wolfe at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Diane Lourdes Dick at the University of Iowa, Fayron Epps at the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and Meredith McQuerry in the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University.

Anne Howsare Boyens Chosen as the Eighth President of the Iowa Valley Community College District

Anne Howsare Boyens Chosen as the Eighth President of the Iowa Valley Community College District

Since 2017, Dr. Howsare Boyens has been serving as provost at Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus in Des Moines. She began her tenure at Des Moines Area Community College in 2003 as a counselor.

Rita Dove to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Book Foundation

Rita Dove to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Book Foundation

Rita Dove, the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, has been selected to receive the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, the nonprofit organization that presents the National Book Awards. She will be honored in New York on November 15.

In Memoriam: Ana M. López

In Memoriam: Ana M. López

Professor López joined the faculty at Tulane University as an assistant professor in 1985. She was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and full professor in 2014. Since 2000, she had been the director of the university’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute.

Eight Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Named to Dean Positions at Colleges and Universities

The new dean are Eleanor M. Green at Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine, Ann F. McKenna at the University of Iowa,, Tiyahri Wilson at Texas Southern University, Stacey Floyd at Tiffin University, Bridget Gourley at DePauw University, Mary Bell at Daktoa State University, Monika Williams Shealey at Temple University, Filiz Tabak.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

The women appointed to dean positions are Grace Yoo at San Francisco State University, Denise J. Jamieson at the University of Iowa, Cathy Horn at the University of Houston, Brenda Ellington at Louisiana State University Alexandria, Brittini Brown at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Jennifer Kellman Fritz at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

New Administrative Roles for Seven Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Seven Women 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

A Trio of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Christine Alvarado will be the inaugural holder of the Paul R. Kube Endowed Chair of Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. Allison Jaynes was appointed the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Iowa and Zelda Lockhart was named the Distinguished Endowed Associate Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literature at North Carolina Central University.

Kristie Fisher to Serve as the Sixth President of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kristie Fisher to Serve as the Sixth President of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Currently the president of Iowa Valley Community College in Marshalltown, Dr. Fisher has served in that role since 2019. She returns to Kirkwood after having served two previous stints at the college. She will begin her ne duties this coming fall.

Amy Diaz Is the New President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix

Amy Diaz Is the New President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix

Dr. Diaz has been serving as interim president. She came to the college in 2016 as an Instructional dean and vice president of academic affairs. Earlier, she was vice president of student development at Rock Valley College in Illinois. 

Susana Rivera-Mills Will Be the Next President of Aurora University in Illinois

Susana Rivera-Mills Will Be the Next President of Aurora University in Illinois

Since 2018, Dr. Rivera-Mills has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Earlier, she was dean for undergraduate studies, vice provost and a professor of Spanish linguistics at Oregon State University.

Hyaeweol Choi Joins the Leadership of the Association of Asian Studies

Hyaeweol Choi Joins the Leadership of the Association of Asian Studies

Hyaeweol Choi has been elected to serve as vice president of the international nonprofit Association of Asian Studies. She will be the first Korean-born vice president of the organization since its founding in 1941. In this role, will join the line of succession to become president of the organization in 2024.

Joy Harjo Awarded Yale University's Bollingen Prize for American Poetry

Joy Harjo Awarded Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry

The Bollingen Prize, established by Paul Mellon in 1949, is awarded biennially by Yale University Library through Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. The prize includes a cash award of $175,000.

The Library of Congress Recognizes Rita Dove for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry

The Library of Congress Recognizes Rita Dove for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry

Rita Dove, the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, received the 2022 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for lifetime achievement from the Library of Congress. Professor Dove has published 11 collections of poetry. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1987.

Harriet B. Nembhard Will Be the Next President of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California

Harriet B. Nembhard Will Be the Next President of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California

A nationally respected leader in the field of industrial and operations engineering, Dr.Nembhard currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Before coming to Iowa in 2020, Dr. Nembhard was the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University.

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: Yvonne "Bonnie" Slatton, 1938-2202

In Memoriam: Yvonne “Bonnie” Slatton, 1938-2202

Bonnie Slatton began her tenure in the then women’s physical education department at the University of Iowa in 1964, where she served as a faculty member and a coach of tennis and badminton. She earned a  Ph.D. in physical education from the University of Iowa in 1970.

Study Examines the "Parent Penalty" for Women in Academia

Study Examines the “Parent Penalty” for Women in Academia

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madson and the University of Iowa found that 71.3 percent of mothers reported a negative child impact on their academic careers, while only 48.6 percent of fathers indicated so. Among those academics without children, nearly 60 percent of women said that career considerations played a role in their decision not to have children.

Six Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles

Six Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles

The six women scholars assigned new duties are Eve Blau at Harvard University, Alena Allen of the University of Arkansas School of Law, Lea VanderVelde at the University of Iowa, Angela C.M. de Oliveira at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Courtney-Savali Andrews at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and Amy Fiedler at the University of California, San Francisco.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Seven Women to Administrative Posts

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Seven Women to Administrative Posts

Taking on new duties are Yakut Gazi at Duke University, Chanelle Reese at the University of Iowa, Jaclyn Rossi at Niagara University, Reneé Watson at Central Michigan University, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier at Indiana University, Mary Duvall at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Romy Riddick at Prinecton University.

In Memoriam: Hannah Rose Arterian, 1949-2022

In Memoriam: Hannah Rose Arterian, 1949-2022

Professor Arterian taught in the College of Law at Arizona State University for 20 years and was the first women to serve as associate dean. In 2002, Professor Arterian was named dean of Syracuse University’s College of Law, a position she held for 13 years.

Two Women Professors Share the 2022 Goldsmith Book Prize

Two Women Professors Share the 2022 Goldsmith Book Prize

Caroline Tolbert of the University of Iowa and Karen Mossberger of Arizona State University are sharing the 2022 Goldsmith Book Prize in Academics from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Two Women Among the Five Winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Two Women Among the Five Winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Cleveland Foundation recently announced the winners of its 87th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The awards are the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity. Two of the winners this year are women: Tiya Miles of Harvard University and Donika Kelly of the University of Iowa.

Rachelle Keck Will Be the First Woman President of Grand View University in Iowa

Rachelle Keck Will Be the First Woman President of Grand View University in Iowa

Since 2017, Dr. Keck has been president of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Earlier in her career in the academic world, she was director of planned giving at the University of Iowa Foundation and executive director for philanthropy and alumni relations at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

In Memoriam: Christine Grant, 1936-2021

In Memoriam: Christine Grant, 1936-2021

Dr. Grant came to the University of Iowa in 1968. After earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, she was named director of the women’s athletic department at the university. She held that position until 2000.

Study Suggests That Stress Endured by Pregnant Women May Alter the Genes of Their Children and Grandchildren

Study Suggests That Stress Endured by Pregnant Women May Alter the Genes of Their Children and Grandchildren

Veena Prahlad, an associate professor of biology at the University of Iowa, conducted research on roundworms and found that a mother roundworm release serotonin when she senses danger. The serotonin travels from her central nervous system to warn her unfertilized eggs, where the warning is stored, so to speak, and then passed to offspring after conception.

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.

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Positions in Higher Education

Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Positions in Higher Education

The five women appointed to endowed positions are Eneida Mendonca of Indiana University, Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz at the University of Iowa, Emily Greenwood at Princeton University in New Jersey, Jennifer Siegel at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Rachael Gordon at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Yale's Debra Fischer to Lead the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation

Yale’s Debra Fischer to Lead the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation

Dr. Fischer is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. Dr. Fischer will relocate to Washington, D.C. for the new job, but will continue to oversee her Yale research. She is the first Yale faculty member to be selected for the role.

Six Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed University Positions

Six Women Who Have Been Named to Endowed University Positions

The six women appointed to endowed posts are Sharon Meyer at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Ruth O’Reagan at the University of Rochester in New York, Karen Winey at the University of Pennsylvania, Leela Gandhi at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Maya Steinitz at the University of Iowa College of Law, and Sherra St. Clair at the University of Wyoming School of Nursing.

In Memoriam: Ava Preacher, 1953-2021

In Memoriam: Ava Preacher, 1953-2021

Preacher taught at the University of Iowa and Wayne State University in Detroit before coming to the University of Notre Dame in 1985. She was director of the gender studies program for three years and served as an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Letters for a quarter-century.

Ten Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Ten Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties 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, have been assigned new duties, or have been promoted.