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Study Examines the "Parent Penalty" for Women in Academia

Study Examines the “Parent Penalty” for Women in Academia

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madson and the University of Iowa found that 71.3 percent of mothers reported a negative child impact on their academic careers, while only 48.6 percent of fathers indicated so. Among those academics without children, nearly 60 percent of women said that career considerations played a role in their decision not to have children.

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

Thirteen 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. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@WIAReport.com.

In Memoriam: Margot Peters, 1933-2022

In Memoriam: Margot Peters, 1933-2022

Over a 25-year career in academia, Dr. Peters spent three years at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and later taught English, linguistics, and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In Memoriam: Agate Nesaule, 1938-2022

In Memoriam: Agate Nesaule, 1938-2022

Dr. Nesule, a native of Latvia, joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1963. There she was a co-founder of the women’s studies department and won many teaching awards. She retired from teaching in 1996 to concentrate on her writing career.

Colleges and Universities Have Appointed Nine Women Scholars to Dean Positions

Colleges and Universities Have Appointed Nine Women Scholars to Dean Positions

The nine women appointed to dean positions are Yuqing Melanie Wu, Keren Yarhi-Milo, Akilah Carter-Francique, Deborah R. Marinski, Kimberly Griffin, Alyssa Crittenden, Kimberly White-Smith, Glenda Gillaspy, and Ana M. Franco-Watkins.

Two State Universities Appoint Women to Provost Positions

Two State Universities Appoint Women to Provost Positions

Jeanette Mendez was appointed provost and senior vice president at Oklahoma State University. She has been serving as interim provost since January 2021. Diana Hess, dean of the School of Eucation, is the new interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Positions at Research Universities

Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Positions at Research Universities

The three women scholars who have been appointed to endowed positions are Tara Zahra at the University of Chicago, Kiron Skinner at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and Lisa Gralnick at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jennifer Mnookin Appointed Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Mnookin Appointed Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Since 2015, Dr. Mnookin has been dean of the School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at UCLA in 2005. Earlier, she was a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Helen Faith of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Elected Chair of NASFAA

Helen Faith of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Elected Chair of NASFAA

Since 2020, Faith has served as director of student financial aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was associate dean of student engagement and dean of new student transitions at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

In Memoriam: Carol Elder Baumann, 1932-2021

In Memoriam: Carol Elder Baumann, 1932-2021

After obtaining her Ph.D at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Baumann joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served there for four years before joining the faculty at the Milwaukee campus. She taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 35 years.

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.

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: Cyrilla Patricia Barr, 1929-2021

In Memoriam: Cyrilla Patricia Barr, 1929-2021

Dr. Barr, professor emerita at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe on aspects of Italian medieval studies, women’s studies, and twentieth-century music patronage.

In Memoriam: Rachel Feldhay Brenner, 1946-2021

In Memoriam: Rachel Feldhay Brenner, 1946-2021

Rachel Feldhay Brenner was the Elaine Marks WARF Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She chaired the department of Hebrew and Semitic studies at the university from 2004 to 2007. She was also a senior fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Three Women Who Have Announced Their Retirements From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

Three Women Who Have Announced Their Retirements From High-Level Posts in the Academic World

After 30 years as president of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Carol Jean Vale announced that she will retire in June 2022. Also stepping down are Trudy Turner, a professor and university secretary at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Paula Volent, chief investment officer at Bowdoin College in Maine.

In Memoriam: Kathleen Saunders Nordeen, 1940-2021

In Memoriam: Kathleen Saunders Nordeen, 1940-2021

Kit Saunders Nordeen pioneered women’s athletics at the University of Wisconsin in the 1960s and 1970s, and, as an administrator, fought for equal opportunities for women athletes in the tumultuous years following the passage of Title IX.

Nicola Pitchford Will Be the Next President of Dominican University of California

Nicola Pitchford Will Be the Next President of Dominican University of California

A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Pitchford came to Dominican University in 2011 after teaching at Fordham University in New York. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and as a professor of English.

Five Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Five Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Taking on new roles or positions are Jennifer Wilcox at the Univerity of Pennsylvania, La Fleur Small at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Swati Piparsania at Arizona State University, Kate Walsh at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Abigail S. Newsome at Mississippi Valley State University.

New Assignments in Higher Education for Six Women Faculty Members

New Assignments in Higher Education for Six Women Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Seulgie Lim at Bates College in Maine, M. Denise Lovett at Valdosta State University in Georgia, Yiwei Haung at Purdue University in Indiana, Nina Lyon Bennett at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Holly Storkel at the University of Kansas, and Anjalé Welton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In Memoriam: María Cristina Lugones, 1944-2020

In Memoriam: María Cristina Lugones, 1944-2020

María Lugones, the feminist scholar and activist, began her academic career at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1993, she joined the faculty at Binghamton University, a campus of the State University of New York System.

University of Wisconsin Historian Wins Book Prize

University of Wisconsin Historian Wins Book Prize

Jacqueline-Bethel M​ougoué, an assistant professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded the 2020 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians.

Colleges and Universities That Have Appointed 10 Women to New Administrative Positions

Colleges and Universities That Have Appointed 10 Women to New 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.

Eight Women Who Will Taking on New Administrative Roles at Colleges and Universities

Eight Women Who Will Taking on New Administrative Roles 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.

Haunani-Kay Trask Receives the 2019 Angela Y. Davis Prize From the American Studies Association

Haunani-Kay Trask Receives the 2019 Angela Y. Davis Prize From the American Studies Association

Professor Trask served as a tenured member of the University of Hawaiʻi faculty for more than 30 years. She was the founding director of the university’s Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies and a leader in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

New Administrative Positions for 10 Women in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions 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.

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles

Seven Women Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Roles

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.

Kathryn Cottingham Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal <em>Ecology </em>

Kathryn Cottingham Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Ecology

Dr. Cottingham is the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, a professor in the department of biological sciences and in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society Graduate Program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dora Clayton-Jones Named President of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates

Dora Clayton-Jones Named President of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates

Dr. Clayton-Jones currently serves as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has also taught at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Baylor University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Concordia University.

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.

Linda Smith Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists

Linda Smith Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists

Dr. Smith is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She is being honored for extensive and significant research on human cognitive development, as well as her ongoing career, which has shaped the essential framework of her field.

Jann Luciana Joseph Will Be the Next President of Georgia Gwinnett College

Jann Luciana Joseph Will Be the Next President of Georgia Gwinnett College

Currently, Dr. Joseph serves as interim chancellor of Indiana University South Bend. She was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the South Bend campus before she was asked to step into her current role. Earlier in her career, she served as dean of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University.

Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak Named Provost at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania

Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak Named Provost at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania

Currently, Mermann-Jozwiak serves as professor of English and women’s and gender studies and as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She will become provost at Bucknell University on June 1.

Study Finds No Evidence of Bias in First Stage of National Institutes of Health Grant Review Process

Study Finds No Evidence of Bias in First Stage of National Institutes of Health Grant Review Process

A new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that bias towards women and Black scientists is unlikely in the initial phase of the process the National Institutes of Health uses to review applications for grants.

Maria Cancian Elected President of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management

Maria Cancian Elected President of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management

Recently, Cancian was named dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has been serving as a professor at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The First Woman President of the University of Rochester

The First Woman President of the University of Rochester

Sarah Mangelsdorf was appointed President of the University of Rochester in New York. When she takes office in the summer of 2019, she will be the first woman to serve as president of the university. She is currently the provost and a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison