First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Of the 28 high-ranking research universities for which we have data, women were a majority of the entering students at 18 schools. This is the same number as a year ago. Four years ago, women were a majority at only 11 high-ranking universities.

First-Year Women Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

A survey of the nation’s highest-ranking co-educational liberal arts colleges to determine the percentage of women in this year’s entering classes. Also: gender differences in acceptance rates and whether women have made gains in enrollments.

A Record Number of Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 100 new members. This year, 40 of the new members are women, the most ever elected to the academy in a single year.

Twelve Women Assistant Professors Named 2019 Cottrell Scholars

These awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.

Women Make Big Strides at the National Academy of Engineering

It appears that there are 33 women among the 83 new members of the National Academy of Engineering. This is a huge increase from a year ago, when 19 women were among the 83 new members.

Fourteen Women “Geniuses” Win MacArthur Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 25 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Fourteen women are among the 25 new MacArthur Fellows.

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  • Four Women Named Distinguished Professors at Indiana University

    Four Women Named Distinguished Professors at Indiana University

    Apr. 3, 2020 - Indiana University trustees have approved the appointment of 15 faculty members as Distinguished Professors. This is the highest academic title at the university. Of the 15 new Distinguished Professors, four are women: Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Lynda Bonewald, Lynda Bonewald, and Marietta Simpson.
  • Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Five Women to Dean Positions

    Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of Five Women to Dean Positions

    Apr. 3, 2020 - Appointed to dean posts are Carey Busch at Ohio University, Janice Naegele at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Eboni Nelson at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Maria Donoghue Velleca at the College of William and Mary, and Barbara Krauthamer at the University of Massachuhsetts at Amherst.
  • Four Women Faculty Membrs Who Are Taking on New Assignments

    Four Women Faculty Membrs Who Are Taking on New Assignments

    Apr. 3, 2020 - The four women faculty members who are taking on new roles are Dorothy Y. Ko of Barnard College in New York City, Erica Cooper at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Suzannah Clark at Harvard University, and Rebecca Cunningham at the University of Michigan.
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  • Texas Tech University Professor Mindy Brashears Confirmed as Under Secretary of Agriculture

    Texas Tech University Professor Mindy Brashears Confirmed as Under Secretary of Agriculture [4.2.2020]

    Mindy Brashears, a longtime professor of food microbiology and food safety in the department of animal & food sciences at Texas Tech University, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Four Women Appointed to Administrative Positions at Universities

    Four Women Appointed to Administrative Positions at Universities [4.2.2020]

    Taking on new roles at major universities are Sherry Kollmann at New Mexico State University, Katie Callow-Wright at the University of Chicago, J’onnelle Colbert-Diaz at the University of Arkansas, and Rebecca Hannagan at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

  • Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

    Three Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships [4.2.2020]

    Cathy Eng was named to the David H. Johnson Chair in Surgical and Medical Oncology at Vanderbilt University. M. Lisa Manning has been named the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics at Syracuse University and Tara Leigh Grove will join the University of Alabama School of Law in August as the Charles E. Tweedy, Jr. Endowed Chairholder in Law.

  • In Memoriam: Ellen Kay Compton, 1938-2020

    In Memoriam: Ellen Kay Compton, 1938-2020 [4.1.2020]

    In 1980, Dr. Compton was hired to work in the special collections unit at the University of Arkansas Libraries. She remained on the staff until 2009. Dr. Compton served as president of the Arkansas Historical Association from 1986-1988.

  • Online Articles of Interest to WIA<em>Report</em> Readers

    Online Articles of Interest to WIAReport Readers [3.30.2020]

    Each week, Women in Academia Report will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

  • Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars

    Recent Books of Interest to Women Scholars [3.30.2020]

    Women in Academia Report regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

  • Dean of the Baylor University School of Nursing to Step Down on June 30

    Dean of the Baylor University School of Nursing to Step Down on June 30 [3.30.2020]

    Shelley F. Conroy dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Texas, has decided to step down from her administrative post effective June 30. She has served as dean of the nursing school for eight years.

  • A Milestone Appointment for a Woman in College Football

    A Milestone Appointment for a Woman in College Football [3.27.2020]

    Heather Marini, a native of Australia, was promoted to quarterbacks coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the first woman to serve as a position coach in the history of NCAA Division I intercollegiate football.

  • Three Women Faculty Members at State Universities Who Are Taking on New Roles

    Three Women Faculty Members at State Universities Who Are Taking on New Roles [3.27.2020]

    Carey Ellis Laffoon was promoted to full professor of nursing at Arkansas Tech University. Jami Fullerton, a professor of strategic communication at Oklahoma State was named chief editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and Chrysanthi Leon, associate professor of sociology at the University of Delaware, was named deputy director of the university’s honors program.

  • Harvard University's Lizabeth Cohen Wins the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy

    Harvard University’s Lizabeth Cohen Wins the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy [3.26.2020]

    Lizabeth Cohen, the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard University and former dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, has won the Bancroft Prize in American history and diplomacy, which is administrated by Columbia University.

  • Eddith Dashiell to Lead the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

    Eddith Dashiell to Lead the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University [3.26.2020]

    Dashiell joined the Ohio University faculty in 1992 and currently serves as an associate professor and associate director of undergraduate programs for the journalism school. Earlier, she taught at Middle Tennessee State University and Indiana University while pursuing her graduate degrees.

  • Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

    Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award [3.26.2020]

    Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman of African descent to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

  • Three Women in Academia Appointed to Positions as Deans

    Three Women in Academia Appointed to Positions as Deans [3.26.2020]

    Tricia Gatlin will be the next dean of its Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Bettye Grable has been named the acting dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University and Joy K. Ward will be the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

  • Three Women Professors to Be Honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Three Women Professors to Be Honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy [3.26.2020]

    The honorees are Gayle A. Brazeau, a professor and dean of the School of Pharmacy at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Betty Chewning, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Kim L.R. Brouwer, a professor and associate dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • College and Universities That Have Appointed Six Women to Administrative Positions

    College and Universities That Have Appointed Six Women to Administrative Positions [3.26.2020]

    Appointed to new administrative posts are Julie Payne-Kirchmeier at Northwestern University, Katherine A. Stanton at Princeton University, Sonya Audria Miller at Florida Memorial University, Linda Kopecky at the University of Nevada at Reno, Katie Callow-Wright at the University of Chicago, and Valora Richardson at Hampton University in Virginia.

  • Four Women Scholars Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

    Four Women Scholars Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania [3.26.2020]

    Swarthmore College has announced the promotion of seven faculty members from assistant professor to associate professor. They were also awarded tenure. Four of the promotions went to women: Elaine Allard in educational studies, Lei Ouyang Bryant in music, BuYun Chen in music, and Daifeng He in economics.

  • Factors That Impact Women's Careers After They Take Extended Leave

    Factors That Impact Women’s Careers After They Take Extended Leave [3.25.2020]

    A new review, coauthored by Jia Wang, a professor of educational administration and human resource development at Texas A&M University, has identified five factors that can affect a woman’s career after leaving the workforce for a period of time.

  • Monica Green Will Be the Fourth President of Norco College in California

    Monica Green Will Be the Fourth President of Norco College in California [3.25.2020]

    Dr. Green has been serving as interim president of Norco College since July 1, 2019. Prior to this role, she was vice president of planning and development at Riverside City College. From 2009 to 2018, Dr. Green served as the dean and later vice president of the Student Services division at Norco College.

  • Columbia University Study Looks at Factors Influencing Women's Use of Preventive Care

    Columbia University Study Looks at Factors Influencing Women’s Use of Preventive Care [3.25.2020]

    Characteristics such as affluence, residential stability, and perceptions of neighborhood support and stress showed a significant association with women’s use of sex-specific preventive care (such as Pap smears, breast exams, and mammograms). But neighborhoods themselves showed the strongest association with women’s use of preventive care services.

  • Na'ilah Suad Nasir Elected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

    Na’ilah Suad Nasir Elected to Lead the American Educational Research Association [3.25.2020]

    Since 2017, Dr. Nasir has been president of the Spencer Foundation, which has been a leading funder of education research since 1971. Earlier, she held the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities and was vice-chancellor of equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Analysis Finds That Women Tend to Run More Sophisticated Political Campaigns Than Men

    Analysis Finds That Women Tend to Run More Sophisticated Political Campaigns Than Men [3.25.2020]

    A new study by a researcher at the University of Cincinnati finds that women tend to run more sophisticated political campaigns than their male counterparts. Yet, women’s propensity to run superior campaigns has not produced significant success at the ballot box.

  • Marcia White Appointed to Lead the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York

    Marcia White Appointed to Lead the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York [3.25.2020]

    Marcia White, who is a graduate of the college, has served on the college’s board of trustees for 18 years. From 2005 to 2016, White was the president of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Her appointment as interim president is expected to last from 12 to 18 months.

  • In Memoriam: Esther Sue Kanipe, 1945-2020

    In Memoriam: Esther Sue Kanipe, 1945-2020 [3.25.2020]

    In 1976, Dr. Kanipe came to Hamilton College and taught there for 35 years, retiring in 2011. She was the first woman scholar ever granted tenure at the college. Her research focused on modern French history and governmental social policy toward women and family.

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