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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.

Five Women Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Five Women Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new faculty assignments are Jodi Byrd at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Liza Comita at Yale University School of the Environment, Stacy Creel at the University of Southern Mississippi, Michelle Scherer at the University of Iowa, and Beth Wahler at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointment of Six Women to Dean Positions

The new deans are Celine Parreñas Shimizu at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Amanda Thein at the University of Iowa, Danica Hays at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Debra J. Barksdale at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Molly Gribb at Bradley University in Illinois, and Deborah LaVine at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

For the First Time, the University of Michigan Is Naming an Academic Building for a Woman

For the First Time, the University of Michigan Is Naming an Academic Building for a Woman

For the first time in its history, the University of Michigan has named an academic building to honor a woman. The building that houses the Life Sciences Institute, a hub for bioscience research, will be known as Mary Sue Coleman Hall. Dr. Coleman was president of the university from 2002 to 2014.

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.

In Memoriam: Frances Degen Horowitz, 1932-2021

In Memoriam: Frances Degen Horowitz, 1932-2021

Dr. Horowitz served as president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from 1991 to 2005. Earlier, Dr. Horowitz distinguished herself as a developmental psychologist and administrator at the University of Kansas.

Five Universities That Have Appointed Women to Dean Posts

Five Universities That Have Appointed Women to Dean Posts

The new deans are Rhonda M. Gonzales at the Univerity of Denver, Yvonne Gaudelius at Pennsylvania State University, Sara Sanders at the University of Iowa, Christina Christie at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Denise Stephens at the University of Oklahoma.

University of Virginia Scholar Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize Awarded to a Mid-Career Poet

University of Virginia Scholar Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize Awarded to a Mid-Career Poet

Since 2012, the University of North Texas’s department of English has awarded the annual Rilke Prize to recognize exceptional artistry and vision by a mid-career poet. The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926).

Jessica McHugh to Lead the Children and Youth Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Jessica McHugh to Lead the Children and Youth Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Jessica McHugh is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at the University of South Dakota. Dr. McHugh’s teaching is focused on pediatrics and early interventions. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she conducts research in pediatric neurodevelopment and issues related to vision and youth occupations.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Major Universities

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions at Major Universities

Taking on new roles in diversity equity and inclusion are Valeria J. Martinez at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth Tovar at the University of Iowa, and Anju Reejhsinghani at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wake Forest University Appoints Susan R. Wente as Its Fourteenth - and First Woman - President

Wake Forest University Appoints Susan R. Wente as Its Fourteenth – and First Woman – President

Currently, Dr. Wente serves as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She has been on the Vanderbilt faculty since 2002. Dr. Wente began her teaching career at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

Modern Language Association Presents Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award to Susan Gubar

Modern Language Association Presents Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award to Susan Gubar

Professor Gubar created groundbreaking works of feminist criticism that uncovered a female literary tradition previously obscured within a traditionally male literary universe.

Montserrat Fuentes Will Be the Next President of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas

Montserrat Fuentes Will Be the Next President of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas

Dr. Fuentes has been serving as professor of statistics and executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa. Earlier, she served on the faculty at North Carolina State University and was dean of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Three Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Flagship State Universities

Three Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Flagship State Universities

Amy Kristof-Brown was appointed dean of the College of Business at the Univerity of Iowa. Camellia Okpodu was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming and Adrian Parr will be the next dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon.

Lena Hill Will Be the Next Provost at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia

Lena Hill Will Be the Next Provost at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia

Dr. Hill currently serves as dean of the College and professor of English and Africana studies at the university. Prior to joining Washington and Lee, Hill was associate vice president and interim chief diversity officer at the University of Iowa, where she was an associate professor of English and African American studies.

University of Chicago's Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

University of Chicago’s Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

Eve Ewing is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The Paul Engle Prize honors writers who demonstrate a pioneering spirit in the world of literature and a commitment to engaging with the issues of the day.

Cynthia Nances Named Chair-Elect of the the American Bar Foundation Fellows

Cynthia Nances Named Chair-Elect of the the American Bar Foundation Fellows

The foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. Professor Nance holds an endowed chair and is the former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law

A Quartet of Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

A Quartet of Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions

The four women appointed to dean positions are Sara Sanders at the University of Iowa, Carmenita D. Higginbotham at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Linda Nichols at the University of Louisnana at Lafayette, and Loury Ollison Floyd at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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.

Ten Women Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at American Universities

Ten Women Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at American 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.

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.

Kristin Sobolik Is the New Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Kristin Sobolik Is the New Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Sobolik has served as interim chancellor since last September. Before being named interim chancellor last fall, Dr. Sobolik served as provost and executive vice chancellor at the St. Louis campus since 2017. In 2013, she was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.