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In Memoriam: Martha Catherine Wroe, 1921-2024

In Memoriam: Martha Catherine Wroe, 1921-2024

For nearly two decades, Wroe served as a professor of physical therapy at the University of Florida, where she co-founded the department of physical therapy.

Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to Faculty Positions

Six Women Who Have Been Appointed to Faculty Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of women who have been appointed to new faculty 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: Barbara Arnstine, 1934-2024

In Memoriam: Barbara Arnstine, 1934-2024

For over 25 years, Dr. Arnstine served as a professor of education at California State University, Sacramento, where she taught courses on teacher preparation and the philosophy of education.

Vanderbilt Professor Lorrie Moore Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Vanderbilt Professor Lorrie Moore Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Lorrie Moore, professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, was recognized for her novel I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home. She has authored numerous other publications throughout her four-decades long career, including three other novels, many short-stories, and various works of nonfiction.

Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy Announces Retirement

Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy Announces Retirement

For more than a decade, Dr. Morna Foy has served as president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, a consortium of 16 technical colleges throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Robin Wall Kimmerer Wins the Stone Award for Literary Achievement

Robin Wall Kimmerer Wins the Stone Award for Literary Achievement

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse and the founder and director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

In Memoriam: Dianne Jemison Pollard

In Memoriam: Dianne Jemison Pollard

In addition to her service as dean of the Honors College at Texas Southern University, Dr. Jemison Pollard was chair of the department of fine arts at the university for 10 years. She also was an award-winning university stage director who directed over 50 productions.

Donna Shalala Chosen as the Leader of The New School in New York City

Donna Shalala Chosen as the Leader of The New School in New York City

Dr. Shalala was the president of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015. During the Clinton administration, Dr. Shalala served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years. Earlier in her career, she was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad Honored by the CRT Foundation for Her Research on Artificial Intelligence

Tina Eliassi-Rad,, a professor of computer science at Northeastern University, recently received the Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation in Turin Italy. The prize is considered the highest international recognition for scientists in the field of complex systems and data.

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.

Three Women Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Three Women Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Adrienne Morgan has been named vice president the chief diversity officer at the University of Rochester in New York. Barbara J. Lawrence has been named vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and Monica Smith was appointed associate vice president for equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging for the University of Wisconsin System.

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

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

Katherine McCulloh was named to the newly created Rebecca Blank Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Artha Gillis will be the inaugural holder of the RNPH Board Advisors Term Chair in Psychiatry at UCLA, and Jenna Jambeck was named the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia.

A Trio of Women Who Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

A Trio of Women Who Are Taking on New Roles in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Vernese Edghill-Walden will be the inaugural vice president of equity and inclusive excellence at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Angela Byars-Winston, a professor in the medical school was appointed chair of the newly established Institute for Diversity Science at the University of Wisconsin and Shawna Watkins is the new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Tulsa campus of the University of Oklahoma.

In Memoriam: Rebecca Margaret Blank, 1955-2023

In Memoriam: Rebecca Margaret Blank, 1955-2023

Dr. Black was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2013 to 2022. In October 2021 Northwestern University announced that Dr. Blank had been selected to serve as its seventeenth president and first woman leader. Last summer, Dr. Blank announced that she would be unable to serve due to her diagnosis of cancer.

In Memoriam: Margaret JoAnne Safrit, 1935-2023

In Memoriam: Margaret JoAnne Safrit, 1935-2023

Dr. Safrit had a long career in academia, holding faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, American University in Washington, D.C, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Universities Announced the Appointment of Four Women to Endowed Professorships

Universities Announced the Appointment of Four Women to Endowed Professorships

The four women appointed to endowed faculty posts are Erika Lee at Harvard University, Aili Mari Tripp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chloe E. Bird at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and Laura Guerrero at Arizona State University.

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs  at Major Universities

Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

The women appointed to endowed professorships are Nancy Landgraff at Youngtown State University in Ohio, Nancy G. McGehee in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Erin Silva at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Tracy Dennison at the California Institute of Technology.

For Health Reasons, Rebecca Blank Will Be Unable to Serve as the First Woman President of Northwestern University

For Health Reasons, Rebecca Blank Will Be Unable to Serve as the First Woman President of Northwestern University

Last October, Northwestern University announced that Rebecca Blank had been selected to serve as the seventeenth president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Now Dr. Blank has announced that she will be unable to serve as the first woman president of the highly ranked university due to the fact that she has been diagnosed with cancer.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Wins the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Wins the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research

Dr. Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packer Professor of Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the honor by the Roper Center for Public Opinion at Cornell University.

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

A Trio of Women Scholars Who Have Been Named to Endowed Professorships

The three women who have been appointed to endowed professorships are Maureen Ruby at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Shannon Kenney at the University of Wisconsin, and Kathryn Sederberg at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Roles in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Four Women Who Have Been Appointed to New Roles in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Taking on new roles n higher education relating to diversity are Tabbye M. Chavous at the University of Michigan, Catherine Chan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wendy Smooth at Ohio State University, and Cheryl Nuñez at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

In Memoriam: Georgia Benkart, 1947-2022

In Memoriam: Georgia Benkart, 1947-2022

Dr. Benkart joined the faculty in the mathematics department at the University of Wisconsin in 1974. She was only the second woman appointed to a faculty post in the department. She taught at the university for 32 years.

Association of American Physicians Honors Columbia University's Linda Fried

Association of American Physicians Honors Columbia University’s Linda Fried

Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, was honored for her groundbreaking contributions to the science of healthy aging, particularly the science defining the clinical syndrome of frailty and for prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease.

Harvard's Leah Somerville to Receive the Troland Research Award From the National Academies of Sciences

Harvard’s Leah Somerville to Receive the Troland Research Award From the National Academies of Sciences

Professor Somerville, who leads the Affective Neuroscience & Development Laboratory at Harvard, was awarded the $75,000 annual prize to support her pioneering research on how brain and psychological development are intertwined during adolescence.

In Memoriam: Constance Ahrons, 1937-2021

In Memoriam: Constance Ahrons, 1937-2021

Constance Ahrons, emeritus professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California, passed away at the age of 84. Dr. Ahrons was perhaps best known for her book The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart.

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.

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.

New Administrative Positions for Nine Women at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Positions for Nine 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.

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.

In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Fennema, 1928-2021

In Memoriam: Ann Elizabeth Fennema, 1928-2021

Dr. Fennema served as a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin. Her scholarly interests focused on two main themes: gender issues related to mathematics, and teachers’ cognitions as they influence instruction and learning.

In Memoriam: bell hooks, 1952-2021

In Memoriam: bell hooks, 1952-2021

The leading feminist scholar bell hooks, the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky, died at her home in Berea on December 15 at the age of 69.

Five Women Who Have Been Hired to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Five Women Who Have Been Hired to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties in higher education are Jesse Minton at Washington University in St Louis, Samira Malik at Northeastern University in Boston, Kimberly Reilly at Maine Maritime Academy, Youndy C. Cook at the University of Central Florida, Cindy Torstveit at the University of Wisconsin.

Betül Kaçar Honored by the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life

Betül Kaçar Honored by the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life

Dr. Kaçar’s research program explores the origins of life, the biology of early Earth, and how understanding life’s emergence and early mechanisms may assist finding life beyond Earth. In addition, she directs a new NASA-funded multimillion-dollar astrobiology research consortium focusing on the evolution of element use in biology across geologic time.

In Memoriam: Teresa Ann Miller, 1962-2021

In Memoriam: Teresa Ann Miller, 1962-2021

Teresa A. Miller was senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer for the State University of New York. Earlier, Miller was a tenured professor of law at the University at Buffalo, specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure, and prisoner law.

The American Academy of Nursing Chooses the University of Wisconsin's Linda Scott as President-Elect

The American Academy of Nursing Chooses the University of Wisconsin’s Linda Scott as President-Elect

Dr. Scott became the eighth dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Earlier she was associate dean for academic affairs, director of graduate studies, and urban health at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing.