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In Memoriam: Fannie Gaston-Johansson, 1938-2023

In Memoriam: Fannie Gaston-Johansson, 1938-2023

Dr. Gaston-Johansson was a member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty from 1985 to 1993. She joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1993. For a time, she held joint appointments at Johns Hopkins and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where she had earned a Ph.D.

Priscilla Grew Awarded the President's Medal From the Geological Society of America

Priscilla Grew Awarded the President’s Medal From the Geological Society of America

Priscilla Grew is professor emerita and Native American Graves and Repatriation Act advisor at the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln. She was the first woman to hold a tenure-track appointment in the geology department at Boston College. Dr. Grew joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1993 and retired from teaching in 2015.

Colleges and Universities Have Announced the Appointments of Nine Women Administrators

Colleges and Universities Have Announced the Appointments of Nine Women Administrators

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 Quartet of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

A Quartet of Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new duties relating to diversity are Neeta Kantamneni at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Renita Miller for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Santana at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, and Takiyah Nur Amin for the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new duties relating to diversity are Alesia LeSane at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, Amanda Ybarra at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington, Nkenge Friday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Jamila Jefferson-Jones at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Four American Women Share Best Book Award From the American Political Science Association

Four American Women Share Best Book Award From the American Political Science Association

The four women sharing the American Political Science Foundation book prize are Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon of Texas A&M University, Alice J. Kang of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Valerie J. Hoekstra and Miki Caul Kittilson, both at Arizona State University.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at State Universities

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at State Universities

The four women appointed to named professorships are Jennifer Caplan at the University of Cincinnati, Melody Lo at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Maxine Montgomery at Florida State University, and Eve M. Brank at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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.

Leila Chatti of the University of Wisconsin Awarded the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Leila Chatti of the University of Wisconsin Awarded the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Tunisian-American poet Leila Chatti, the Mendota Lecturer in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named the winner of the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry from the African Poetry Book Fund at the University of Nebraska.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Women to Dean Posts

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Women to Dean Posts

Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh will become dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts & Sciences on July 1. Beronda L. Montgomery has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of Grinnell College in Iowa and Sharon Kuska has been named interim dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties at Universities

Five Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Duties at Universities

The five women scholars taking on new assignments are Madhavi Kadakia at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Carla Schwan at the University of Georgia, Katherine Ankerson at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theresa Pietsch at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, and Diane Bailey at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Tamara Afifi Has Received Two Honors from the National Communications Association

Tamara Afifi Has Received Two Honors from the National Communications Association

Tamara Afifi, a professor of communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the winner of the 2021 Gerald M. Phillips Award and was also named a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communications Association.

Four Women Faculty Members Who Will Be Taking on New Duties at Colleges and Universities

Four Women Faculty Members Who Will Be Taking on New Duties at Colleges and Universities

The four women scholars who are taking on new roles are Angela Frey at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Jamie Winders, at Syracuse University in New York, Nicole Holt has recently joined the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Mary Emery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative duties are Annemarie Martin-Boyan at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Lorraine Goffe at Northwestern University in Illinois, Courtney Roberts at the Ivy Tech Community College System in Indiana, Marquita Armstead at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ellen Ossorio at the University of Mississippi, Elizabeth Conklin at Yale University, and Orielle Hope at Salem College in North Carolina.

Lily Wang Is the New Leader of the School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska

Lily Wang Is the New Leader of the School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska

This is Dr. Wang’s ninth academic appointment since she joined the Nebraska faculty as an assistant professor in architectural engineering in 2000. A nationally recognized expert in acoustics, Dr. Wang also has become one of the most senior female leaders in the College of Engineering, where she was appointed associate dean for faculty and inclusion in 2018.

Colleges and Universities Appoint Ten Women to Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities Appoint Ten Women to Administrative Positions

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

A New Mineral Is Named for Priscilla Grew, Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A New Mineral Is Named for Priscilla Grew, Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

There are approximately 5,700 minerals that have been identified worldwide. Of these only 100 or so are named for women. Now there is one more. A mineral discovered near Amman, Jordan, will be named in honor of Priscilla Grew, a professor emerita of geology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Universities Have Announced the Appointment of Three Women to Endowed Chairs

Universities Have Announced the Appointment of Three Women to Endowed Chairs

The three women scholars appointed to endowed chairs are Sarbani Basu, an astronomer at Yale University, April Kloxin, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Delaware, and Jennine Capó Crucet in the department of English at the University of Nebraska.

Krista Newkirk Will Be the First Woman President of the University of Redlands in California

Krista Newkirk Will Be the First Woman President of the University of Redlands in California

Krista Newkirk has been serving as president of Converse College, an educational institution for women in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The college is now becoming co-educational. Prior to being named the tenth president of Converse College in 2016, Newkirk spent 13 years at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level Positions at Colleges and Universities

Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From High-Level Positions at Colleges and Universities

The five women who are leaving their posts are Suzanne Mellon, president of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Jill Thorngren, a dean at South Dakota State University, Ruth Spencer, director of human resources at Vassar College in New York, Susan Fritz, provost at the University of Nebraska, and Katharine Brooks, director of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University.

In Memoriam: Ruth Evelyn Randall Benson, 1929 - 2020

In Memoriam: Ruth Evelyn Randall Benson, 1929 – 2020

In 1983, Ruth Benson was appointed commissioner of education for Minnesota. She was the first woman to hold the position and only the sixth woman in history to be the top educational administrator in any state.

New Positions or Roles for Eight Women Scholars in Higher Education

New Positions or Roles for Eight Women Scholars 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.

NCAA Faces Litigation Over Sexual Violence by Male Student Athletes

NCAA Faces Litigation Over Sexual Violence by Male Student Athletes

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the subject of a lawsuit that claims the organization has not done enough to shield women college students from sexual assaults by male student athletes. Plaintiffs in the case include students from the University of Nebraska and Michigan State University.

Six Women Scholars Appointed to University Dean Positions

Six Women Scholars Appointed to University Dean Positions

Newly appointed to dean posts are Shari Veil at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lynette I. Wood at Shaw University in Raleigh, Maura Daly Iversen at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Browne C. Lewis at North Carolina Central University, Kara Shustrin at Southern Illinois Univerisity Edwardsville and Elizabeth Wentz at Arizona State University.

Elizabeth Spiller to Be the Next Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Nebraska

Elizabeth Spiller to Be the Next Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Nebraska

Since 2017, Dr. Spiller has served as dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis. Earlier, Professor Spiller served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. She will begin her new job at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in March.

New Administrative Appointments for Seven Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Appointments 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.

University of South Dakota's Jessica Messersmith to Be Honored by the American Academy of Audiology

University of South Dakota’s Jessica Messersmith to Be Honored by the American Academy of Audiology

Jessica Messersmith is an associate professor and chair of the department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Messersmith will be honored for her work in pediatric audiology at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Audiology in April.

Joan Richtsmeier is the 2019 Recipient of the Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award

Joan Richtsmeier is the 2019 Recipient of the Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award

The award is the American Association of Anatomists’s most prestigious scientific award, presented annually to a member in recognition of unique and meritorious contributions and achievements in the field. Dr. Richtsmeier is a distinguished professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University

Study Finds Both Men and Women Perceive Women Who Drink as Less Human and More Sexually Available

Study Finds Both Men and Women Perceive Women Who Drink as Less Human and More Sexually Available

On average, when participants saw a woman holding a beer bottle, they believed she possessed less human characteristics than participants who saw a woman holding a water bottle. However, this disparity was not seen among participants who viewed a man holding a beer bottle and those who saw a man holding a water bottle.

New Administrative Duties for 10 Women at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Duties for 10 Women 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.

Researchers Find Connection Between Gender Diversity and Research Diversity

Researchers Find Connection Between Gender Diversity and Research Diversity

Londa Schiebinger, the John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and colleagues at Aarhus University in Denmark, recently published a paper proposing ways organizations can continue to encourage gender diversity while also supporting diversity in new research directions.

In Memoriam: Cheryl Rodgers: 1967-2018

In Memoriam: Cheryl Rodgers: 1967-2018

Cheryl Rodgers was an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing where she worked in the children’s oncology group. Dr. Rodgers was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology.

Thirteen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Thirteen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Arizona State's Joanne Cacciatore Wins Indies Book Award

Arizona State’s Joanne Cacciatore Wins Indies Book Award

Dr. Cacciatore’s book Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief (Wisdom Publications, 2017) explores the grieving process through the stories of people who have lost their children, siblings, or parents.

Nine Women Who Are Starting New Administrative Jobs in Higher Education

Nine Women Who Are Starting New Administrative Jobs 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.