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In Mememoriam: Jean Boyd, 1948-2022

In Mememoriam: Jean Boyd, 1948-2022

Dr. Boyd joined the faculty at Baylor University in 1978. She was an expert on Western Swing music, publishing three books on the subject. Professor Boyd remained on the faculty at Baylor University for 48 years until her retirement in 2020.

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

The three women appointed to diversity posts are Michelle Fontes at the University of Rhode Island, Ranna Parekh at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and TiShaunda McPherson at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.

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: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

In Memoriam: Nora Clearman England, 1946-2022

Nora England was the Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. An expert on the languages of the Mayans, she founded the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas.

Frederick Community College in Maryland Has Chosen Annessa Cheek as Its Next President

Frederick Community College in Maryland Has Chosen Annessa Cheek as Its Next President

Dr. Cheek has served as president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College in Minnesota since 2018. From 2014 to 2018, she was vice president of school and community partnerships at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She had been on the staff at that college since 2006.

Naminata Diabate Wins the Best Book Prize From the African Studies Association

Naminata Diabate Wins the Best Book Prize From the African Studies Association

Dr. Diabate is an associate professor of comparative literature at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The award recognizes the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English and distributed in the United States during the preceding year.

Glenda Swan Receives an Award for Her Teaching in the Visual Arts

Glenda Swan Receives an Award for Her Teaching in the Visual Arts

Glenda Swan, an associate professor in the department of art and design at Valdosta State University in Georgia, received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from SECAC, formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference. The award recognized a scholar who demonstrates exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge, and inspire students.

In Memoriam: Sara McLanahan, 1940-2021

In Memoriam: Sara McLanahan, 1940-2021

At Princeton Universsity, Professor McLanahan was the founding director of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and a principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a landmark longitudinal study that has for two decades followed nearly 5,000 children born to unwed parents between 1998 and 2000 in 20 large U.S. cities.

Karen Butler-Purry Honored by the Council of Graduate Schools for Leadership in Graduate Education

Karen Butler-Purry Honored by the Council of Graduate Schools for Leadership in Graduate Education

Karen Butler-Purry, associate provost and dean of the Graduate and Professional School at Texas A&M University, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Debra Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education by the Council of Graduate Schools. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering.

In Memoriam: Mollie Rose Autry Molnar, 1931-2021

In Memoriam: Mollie Rose Autry Molnar, 1931-2021

Mollie Rose Molnar was a former professor and chair of the department of music at what is now Missouri State University in Springfield. Both of her parents serve in the Arkansas House of Represenatives

In Memoriam: Frances Tarlton Farenthold, 1926-2021

In Memoriam: Frances Tarlton Farenthold, 1926-2021

Frances Farenthold served as president of Wells College in Aurora, New York from 1976 to 1980. She taught at the law schools at Texas Southern University and the University of Houston.

Andrea Young Will Be the First Woman to Lead Ripon College in Wisconsin in Its 170-Year History

Andrea Young Will Be the First Woman to Lead Ripon College in Wisconsin in Its 170-Year History

Dr. Young currently serves as vice president for finance and director of strategic initiatives at the college. She oversees the business, financial, and information technology functions of the institution. Prior to her role as vice president for finance, Dr. Young served as the acting dean of faculty for a semester and received promotion and tenure to be an associate professor of mathematics in 2016. 

In Memoriam: Diana Siedhoff Natalicio, 1939-2021

In Memoriam: Diana Siedhoff Natalicio, 1939-2021

In 1988, Professor Natalicio was named president of the University of Texas at El Paso. She was the first woman to hold the position. She served in that role for 31 years until her retirement in 2019. Her 31-year tenure in the university’s highest office stood as the sixth-longest of any public doctoral/research university president in history at the time of her retirement.

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen Is the New President-Elect of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen Is the New President-Elect of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen is the Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering, director of the Biophotonics Center, and a professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Mahadevan-Jansen, who joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1996, will become president of the society in 2022.

Candice McQueen Will Be the First Woman President of Lipscomb University in Nashville

Candice McQueen Will Be the First Woman President of Lipscomb University in Nashville

Dr. McQueen most recently served as CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, a national nonprofit founded by the Milken Education Foundation. She is the former commissioner of education for the state of Tennessee. Earlier she was dean of the College of Education at Lipscomb University.

The Next Provost at the University of Texas at Austin

The Next Provost at the University of Texas at Austin

Since 2014, Sharon Wood has been serving as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas. She joined the faculty at the university in 1994. Professor Wood is internationally recognized for her research on the earthquake response of reinforced concrete structures.

Baylor University Scholar's Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Baylor University Scholar’s Risk Reduction Intervention Aims to Help Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System

Young women involved in the juvenile justice system are 3.5 times more likely to have a child compared to non-delinquent youth and 30 percent have been pregnant one or more times. Additionally, this population experiences high rates of marijuana and alcohol use as well as high rates of sexually transmitted infections.

In Memoriam: Mary Anne Fox, 1947-2021

In Memoriam: Mary Anne Fox, 1947-2021

Dr. Fox taught at the University of Texas at Austin for more than 20 years before being named the first woman chancellor of North Carolina State University. She later served as Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.

Rice University Scholar Honored by the International Society of Bayesian Analysis

Rice University Scholar Honored by the International Society of Bayesian Analysis

Marina Vannucci is the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Vannucci, who has taught at Rice Univerity since 2007, also holds an adjunct appointment in biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

St. Lawrence University in New York Names Kathryn Morris as Its Nineteenth President

St. Lawrence University in New York Names Kathryn Morris as Its Nineteenth President

For the past eight years, Dr. Morris has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier, Dr. Morris served as a professor of psychology and was chair of that department at Butler. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, the psychology of gender, methodology, and statistics.

Vanderbilt University's Vanessa Beasley to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Vanderbilt University’s Vanessa Beasley to Lead the Rhetoric Society of America

Dr. Beasley is an associate professor of communication and associate provost and dean of residential faculty at Vanderbilt University. Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2008, Professor Beasley taught at Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Georgia.

Elena Past of Wayne State University Wins Book Award From the Modern Language Association

Elena Past of Wayne State University Wins Book Award From the Modern Language Association

Elena Past, professor of Italian at Wayne State University in Detroit, was selected to receive the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association. The award honors an outstanding book in the field of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian.

University of Missouri's Marsha Richens Wins a Top Honor in the Field of Consumer Research

University of Missouri’s Marsha Richens Wins a Top Honor in the Field of Consumer Research

Marsha Richins is a professor of marketing who holds the Bailey K. Howard World Book Chair of Marketing at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. was named a 2020 Association of Consumer Research Fellow. She is only the 30th person to be honored with the designation since the organization was founded in 1980.

University of New Mexico Scholar Named Chair-Elect of the Council of Graduate Schools

University of New Mexico Scholar Named Chair-Elect of the Council of Graduate Schools

Julie Coonrod is a professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering and dean of graduate studies at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Coonrod will serve as chair-elect during 2021 and become chair of the Council of Graduate Schools on January 1, 2022. 

Cheri Canon Honored by the American Association for Women in Radiology

Cheri Canon Honored by the American Association for Women in Radiology

Cheri Canon, the Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected to receive the 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award from the American Association for Women in Radiology. The award is the association’s highest honor.

Stefani Hicswa Will Be the First Woman Chancellor of Montana State University Billings

Stefani Hicswa Will Be the First Woman Chancellor of Montana State University Billings

Dr. Hicswa currently serves as president of Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to Northwest College, Hicswa served for seven years as president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana. She will become the chancellor of Montana State University Billings on January 11.

Tamara Bertrand Jones Awarded the Presidential Medal From the Association for the Study of Higher Education

Tamara Bertrand Jones Awarded the Presidential Medal From the Association for the Study of Higher Education

Tamara Bertrand Jones is an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education at Florida State University. Her research examines the sociocultural influences on socialization during graduate education and the professional experiences of underrepresented populations, particularly Black women, in academia.

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eleven Women Who Have Been Appointed to New 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.

Cheri Canon Is the New President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments

Cheri Canon Is the New President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments

Cheri L. Canon holds the Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She is the second woman to serve as president of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, a nonprofit that aims to advance the art and science of radiology.

Karen Whitney to Lead the University of Illinois at Springfield

Karen Whitney to Lead the University of Illinois at Springfield

Dr. Whitney is the president emerita of Clarion University in Pennsylvania and recently served as interim chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Before leading Clarion, Dr. Whitney was vice chancellor for student life at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 1999 through 2010.

Organization of American Historians Bestows Award on Cornell University's Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

Organization of American Historians Bestows Award on Cornell University’s Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

Dr. Martínez-Matsuda has received the 2020 Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians. The award is presented for the best research paper to have appeared in the last 12 months in the Journal of American History.

The Next President of Stony Book University of the State University of New York System

The Next President of Stony Book University of the State University of New York System

Maurie McInnis is a cultural historian and since 2016 has served as executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she spent nearly 20 years at the University of Virginia, rising to the post of vice provost for academic affairs. She will become president of Stony Brook University on July 1.

In Memoriam: Rosemary Santana Cooney, 1946-2020

In Memoriam: Rosemary Santana Cooney, 1946-2020

Dr. Clooney began her career at Fordham as an assistant professor of sociology in 1974. She was awarded tenure in 1980 and later served as chair of the department of sociology. In 2000, Professor Clooney was appointed associate dean of Fordham College.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at State Universities

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Dean Positions at State Universities

Claudia Mora will be the next dean of the School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Kimberly Wallin was appointed dean of the College of Mathematics and Science at North Dakota State University and Amy Kristof-Brown was named interim dean of the College of Business at the University of Iowa.

Teresa Lozano Long Awarded the National Humanities Medal at a White House Ceremony

Teresa Lozano Long Awarded the National Humanities Medal at a White House Ceremony

Teresa Lozano Long is an educator who, with her husband, has been a major benefactor of the University of Texas. The valedictorian of her high school class in Texas, Dr. Long went on to be the first Hispanic woman to earn a doctorate in health and physical education at the University of Texas at Austin.