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In Memoriam: Sharon E. Barker, 1949-2023

In Memoriam: Sharon E. Barker, 1949-2023

Barker served as the first director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine from 1991 until her retirement in 2014. In that role, Barker mentored countless students, collaborated with faculty and staff, and served as a liaison with women’s organizations in the community.

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

The new deans are Precie Schroyer at the Monroe County Campus of Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, Diane Rowland at the University of Maine, Joyce deJong at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Meredith Gronski at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Joan Ferrini-Munday Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Joan Ferrini-Munday Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award honors council members who have demonstrated distinguished leadership, instruction, and service to the mathematics education field at the national level for over 25 years. Dr. Ferrini-Mundy has been president of the University of Maine since July 2018.

Lisa Kerr Is the First Woman to Win the Fishery Conservation Award From the American Fisheries Society

Lisa Kerr Is the First Woman to Win the Fishery Conservation Award From the American Fisheries Society

Dr. Kerr’s research aims to bring climate information to bear on fishery stock assessment and management processes in order to inform progress toward sustainable management of marine fisheries and ecosystems. She joined the faculty of the University of Maine’s School of Marine Science in October 2022.

After 18 Years, Elsa M. Núñez Is Retiring From the Presidency of Eastern Connecticut State University

After 18 Years, Elsa M. Núñez Is Retiring From the Presidency of Eastern Connecticut State University

Elsa M. Núñez was the first Latina to serve as a university president in New England. Before being named president of Eastern Connecticut State University in 2006, Dr. Núñez served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the University of Maine System and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Scholars Develop a Roadmap to Increase the Number of Women in Bio-Energy Fields

Scholars Develop a Roadmap to Increase the Number of Women in Bio-Energy Fields

The roadmap, developed by researchers at the University of Maine, calls for offering interdisciplinary research opportunities in higher education, having employers provide ample support and outreach, and promoting relatable success stories.

Megan Walsh Will Be the Next Leader of the University of Maine at Machias

Megan Walsh Will Be the Next Leader of the University of Maine at Machias

Dr. Walsh joined the faculty at St. Bonaventure University as an assistant professor of English in 2011. She was promoted to associate professor in 2016, followed by her promotion to full professor in 2018. She is the director of the honors program, former chair of the department of English, and former acting dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Three Universities That Have Appointed Women to Positions as Director of Athletics

Three Universities That Have Appointed Women to Positions as Director of Athletics

Samantha Hegmann-Wary has been appointed interim athletic director at the University of Maine. Linda J. Bell is the new director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans and Tara Owens was appointed director of athletics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A Quartet of Women Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions in Higher Education

A Quartet of Women Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions in Higher Education

Daisy Domínguez Singh was named dean of libraries at the University of Maine and LaShundia Carson is the new dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Deborah Perron Tollefsen has been named dean of the Graduate School at the University of Memphis and DeMethra LaSha Bradley is the new dean of students at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

University of Maine's Joyce Longcore Honored by the Mycological Society of America

University of Maine’s Joyce Longcore Honored by the Mycological Society of America

Dr. Longcore has spent decades studying various species of microscopic, aquatic fungi from a group called Chytridiomycota, also known as chytrids. Among her many accomplishments. Dr. Loncore was responsible for discovering a pathogen that has caused widespread amphibian die-offs worldwide.

In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Koch Schonberger, 1940-2022

In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Koch Schonberger, 1940-2022

Ann Schonberger was a former professor and retired director of the University of Maine Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies program. She came to the University of Maine in 1971 and retired in 2013.

Nine Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Nine 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.

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Mary Anderson at the University of West Florida, Katherine Whitaker at Voorhees College in South Carolina, Ana Franco-Watkins at Auburn University in Alabama, Martha Peterson at the University of Kentucky, Allyssa L. Harris at Prairie View &AM University in Texas, Ellen Weinauer at the University of Maine, and Mona Dugo at Northwestern University in Illinois.

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members at Colleges and Universities

New Assignments for 10 Women Faculty Members at Colleges and 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.

Universities Announce the Appointments of Nine Women to Dean Positions

Universities Announce the Appointments of Nine Women to Dean Positions

The nine women who have been appointed to university dean positions are Muge Akpinar-Elci, Kathryn Chval, Carroll Ann Trotman, Sharon E. Milligan, Susan Ettner, Diane Rowland, Shannon Collier-Tenison, Estella Atekwana, and Colleen L. Barry.

Why Do Many Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses Remain Silent?

Why Do Many Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses Remain Silent?

A study, by Sandra Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, and Deborah Mitchell, a retired UMaine police sergeant, examines why so many women students decline to report incidents of sexual assault to the campus administration or law enforcement authorities.

New Administrative Roles for Six Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Six Women in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative positions are Kara Cattani at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, JoAnn Kunkel at the University of South Dakota, Nancy Lynch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Christina Cash at the University of Maine, Jenni Crenshaw at Mississippi State University, and Mary G. Parker at the University of Florida.

Study Examines Gender Differences in Hazing Among High School Students

Study Examines Gender Differences in Hazing Among High School Students

In focus group meetings among students at two high schools, researchers found gendered perceptions and themes of power and status around issues of hazing and prevention. The researchers chalked up perceived differences in hazing behaviors between genders to issues of identity and personality.

Julie-Ann Scott Pollock Wins Book Award From the National Communication Association

Julie-Ann Scott Pollock Wins Book Award From the National Communication Association

Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, communication studies professor and director of performance studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has been named the recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies from the National Communication Association.

University of Maine Scholar Honored by the Phycological Society of America

University of Maine Scholar Honored by the Phycological Society of America

Susan Brawley is a professor of plant biology in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. She research, was honored for her research which integrates cell biology, algal ecology, and genomics to advance understanding of macroalgal reproduction and development.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Law Schools in the United States

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Law Schools in the United States

Leigh Saufley was named dean of the University of Maine School of Law. Camille Nelson will be the next dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Patricia Roberts was appointed dean of the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

Fourteen Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Fourteen Women Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties 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.

Eight Women in Academia Who Have Received Notable Honors or Awards

Eight Women in Academia Who Have Received Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Jennifer L.W. Carter of Case Western Reserve, Johnetta Betcsh Cole, former president of Spelman College, Rebecca Wright of Barnard College, Amy Blackstone of the University of Maine, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonweath, Jane Huffman of East Stroudsburg University, Megan Pfitzinger Lippe of the University of Alabama, and Mary Atwater at the University of Georgia.

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Since 2017, Dr. Wyke has been serving as interim president of the Augusta campus. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for finance and administration for the University of Maine System. Prior to joining the University of Maine System, Dr. Wyke was the commissioner of the Department of Administration and Finance for the state of Maine.

A Handful of New Women Deans at Universities Across the United States

A Handful of New Women Deans at Universities Across the United States

The five women appointed to dean positions are Dana Williams at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Eileen Strempel at the University of California, Los Angeles, Francesca Cornelli at North Western University in Evanston, Illinois, Faye Gilbert at the University of Maine, and Adrienne C. Webber at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Four Universities

Women Appointed to Dean Positions at Four Universities

The new deans are Kimberly Mutcherson at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, Hannah Carter at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Linda Kern at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, and Kimberly Foster at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 21 Women to Administrative Posts

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 21 Women to Administrative Posts

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

National Science Foundation's Joan Ferrini-Mundy to Lead the University of Maine

National Science Foundation’s Joan Ferrini-Mundy to Lead the University of Maine

Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation. Before joining the National Science Foundation in 2007, Dr. Ferrini-Munday was a professor of mathematics and teacher education for 12 years at Michigan State University. Earlier, she taught for 16 years at the University of New Hampshire.

Three Women Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Maine

Three Women Scholars Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Maine

The University of Maine has announced the appointments of six faculty members to the rank of full professor. Three of these promotions went to women: Alice Bruce in chemistry, Kirsten Jacobson in philosophy, and Nancy Hall in communication sciences and disorders.

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Eleven Women Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

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.

Three Women Among the Four Finalists to Be the Next President of the University of Maine

Three Women Among the Four Finalists to Be the Next President of the University of Maine

Susan Hunter, the first woman president of the University of Maine, will be retiring on June 30. The university has selected a field of four finalists to replace Dr. Hunter. Three of the four finalists are women: Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Sally Reis, and Nancy Targett.

Two Women Are Finalists to Lead the Machias Campus of the University of Maine

Two Women Are Finalists to Lead the Machias Campus of the University of Maine

The University of Maine has announced a field of four finalists for the position of vice president for academic affairs and head of the Machias campus. Two are women: Elizabeth Mauch a professor of mathematics at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and Heather Lattimer, former associate dean of education at the University of San Diego.

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.