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Fordham University Scholar Wins Book Award

Fordham University Scholar Wins Book Award

Shonni Enelow, an assistant professor of English at Fordham University in New York, has been selected to receive the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her book on method acting.

Four Women Among This Year's 15 Churchill Scholars

Four Women Among This Year’s 15 Churchill Scholars

Churchill Scholars will study for master’s degrees in STEM fields at the University of Cambridge in England. Of the 15 Churchill Scholarships awarded this year, four went to women. A year ago, nine of the 15 winners of Churchill Scholarships were women.

In Memoriam: Adele Howe

In Memoriam: Adele Howe

Adele Howe was a professor of computer science at Colorado State University. She joined the faculty in 1992 and in 2010 was named Professor Laureate in the university’s College of Natural Sciences.

New Roles for Seven Women Faculty Members at Major Colleges and Universities

New Roles for Seven Women Faculty Members at Major Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Tomoko Sakomura at Swarthmore College, Aimee Bender at the University of Southern California, Anne C. Stone at Arizona State University, Ann-Catherine Sullivan at Norfolk State University in Virginia, Canan Dagdeviren at MIT, Lori Rolando at Vanderbilt University, and Raina Merchant at the University of Pennsylvania.

Women Welcome Competition to Better Past Performances But Not When Pitted Against Others

Women Welcome Competition to Better Past Performances But Not When Pitted Against Others

A new study led by Coren Apicella, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is the lead author of a study that shows women are very competitive in efforts to improve themselves but tend to shy away from competition when they are pitted against other women and men.

Yale University Art Historian Wins Book Award

Yale University Art Historian Wins Book Award

Kishwar Rizvi, associate professor in the history of art at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, received the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association. Dr. Rizvi joined the faculty at Yale in 2006 and was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 2012.

Seven Women Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Honors and Awards

Seven Women Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Honors and Awards

They are Jane Lubchenco at Oregon State University, Kristy L. Weber and Megan S. Ryerson of the University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Derryberry of the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Marina Angel of Temple University in Philadelphia, Yue Qi of Michigan State University, and Sangeeta Pratap of Hunter College in New York City.

Three Women Scholars Who Were Presented with Notable Honors or Awards

Three Women Scholars Who Were Presented with Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Mindy S. Bradley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas, Margaret Werner-Washburne, Regents Professor Emerita at the University of New Mexico, and Molly Sheehan, a postdoctoral researcher in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two Women Presidents of Philadelphia Educational Institutions Get Contract Extensions

Two Women Presidents of Philadelphia Educational Institutions Get Contract Extensions

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, had her contract extended through June 30, 2022. She will be the longest-serving president in the university’s history. Carol Jean Vale, president of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelaphia, was appointed to a sixth five-year term.

Report Finds Breastfeeding for Working Mothers Remains Challenging

Report Finds Breastfeeding for Working Mothers Remains Challenging

A report authored by scholars at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia finds that even at organizations that have made a concerted effort to support breastfeeding mothers, women still face barriers and peer pressure that can make it difficult for them in the workplace.

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Dr. Pollack will also hold a tenured faculty position in the departments of computer science and information science at Cornell. She has served as provost at the University of Michigan since 2013. Professor Pollack has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2000.

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

University of Delaware Professor Honored by History Association

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Blue and Gold Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware, is the winner of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Marilyn Nelson is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut. Professor Nelson is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award three times. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Nelson was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut.

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several univeraities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon is currently executive vice president at Wilmington University. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the first African American woman to serve as president of a university in the state of Delaware.

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Eleven Women Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 23 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, 12 are women. All but one have current ties to the academic world.

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Fourteen Women Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Six Women Faculty Members Selected for Notable Honors

Six Women Faculty Members Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are Lyra Monteiro of Rutgers University-Newark, Terri J. Vrtiska of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Lori Jakiela of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, Maria F. Paredes Fernandez of the University of Pennsylvania, Kathryn Jablokow of Pennsylvania State University- Great Valley, and the late Katie Whitlock of California State University, Chico.

President of Neumann University in Pennsylvania Announces Her Retirement

President of Neumann University in Pennsylvania Announces Her Retirement

Rosalie M. Mirenda, president of Neumann University in Ashton, Pennsylvania, since 1996, has announced that she will step down from her post on June 30, 2017. During her tenure as president, the campus has grown from 14 to 68 acres and enrollments have more than tripled.

Nine Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships in Higher Education

Nine Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships in Higher Education

The women appointed to endowed chairs at colleges and universities are Maya Wiley, Sally C. Morton, Julia Wallace, Jodi Upton, Hui Fang, Beth Simmons, Pia Albinsson, Shontavia Johnson, and Anne Gelb.

Eight Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles and Responsibilities

Eight Women Faculty Members Taking on New Roles and Responsibilities

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

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York Names Its Next Provost

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York Names Its Next Provost

Joy Connolly has been a professor of classics at New York University. She also has been serving as dean for the humanities. Professor Connolly is an expert on Roman culture and politics.

Five Women Academics Receive Prestigious Honors or Awards

Five Women Academics Receive Prestigious Honors or Awards

The honorees are Deborah A. Hogan of the School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Carine M. Feyten, President of Texas Woman’s University, Elaine H. Zackai of the University of Pennsylvania, Emelia J. Benjamin of the Boston University School of Medicine, and Merry Jo Brandimore of Saginaw Valley State University.

The New President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

The New President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Monica J. Posey has served as interim president for the past eight months. Previously, she was provost and academic vice president. According to the college, Dr. Posey is the first African American woman president of a major educational institution in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Sorority Rush Is a Pain, But Members Feel It Is Worth It

Sorority Rush Is a Pain, But Members Feel It Is Worth It

A study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania found that college women who join sororities tend to view the process of joining a sorority negatively. But sorority members have a positive view of the benefits of membership.

Jo Ann Rooney Will Be the First Woman President of Loyola University of Chicago

Jo Ann Rooney Will Be the First Woman President of Loyola University of Chicago

Dr. Rooney has served as senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense. Earlier in her career, Dr. Rooney was president of Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts.

University of Wisconsin Scholar to Lead the National Library of Medicine

University of Wisconsin Scholar to Lead the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, who holds an endowed chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named director of the National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The institution is the largest biomedical library in the world.

The New President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine

The New President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine

Wendy S. Hupp is an associate professor and interim chair of the department of general dentistry and oral medicine at the School of Dentistry at the University of Louisville. Dr. Hupp has served on the faculty at the University of Louisville since 2007.

In Memoriam: Leslie Ann Hallidy-DiVerdi, 1952-2016

In Memoriam: Leslie Ann Hallidy-DiVerdi, 1952-2016

Dr. DiVerdi took early retirement from her position as professor of physical chemistry at Colorado State University due to illness and moved back to her home in upstate New York.

New Administrative Assignments for 10 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Assignments for 10 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.

Mills College Names Elizabeth Hillman as Its Next President

Mills College Names Elizabeth Hillman as Its Next President

Professor Hillman currently serves as provost, academic dean, and professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Previously, she served as professor of law and director of faculty development at the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

New Duties for Five Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Duties for Five Women Faculty Members at Major Universities

Taking on new roles are Deborah A. Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania, Ruqaiijah A. Yearby at Case Western Reserve University, Marta Elena Esquilin at Rutgers University-Newark, Ellen Pader at the University of Massachusetts, and Catherine F. Cahill at the University of Pennsylvania.

A Dozen Women Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

A Dozen Women 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.

University of Pennsylvania Law School Names New Dean of Students

University of Pennsylvania Law School Names New Dean of Students

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has announced the appointment of Monica E. Monroe as its new dean of students. Monroe has been serving as a lecturer in law and as associate dean of students at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

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.