A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

A Closer Look At Women's Colleges, July 1999


AAUW Educational Foundation /
U.S. Department of Education

A Closer Look at Women's Colleges

Presenters, Moderator, and Participants

Presenters and Moderator

Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Presenter) is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of English and Women's Studies at Spelman College, and is the Founding Director of Spelman's Women's Research and Resource Center. She has had a long and distinguished career in the study of Black women in American literature and history. In addition to producing many works of research and publication on the experiences of African American women, she was a founding co-editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. Dr. Guy-Sheftall has won many award and honors including Spelman's Presidential Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship.

Emily A. Langdon (Presenter) is an Assistant Professor at the Leadership Development and Education at St. Norbert College. At UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, she used CIRP data to research the backgrounds of women who attended women's college, as well as studying student satisfaction at these institutions. In addition to conducting research on women at women's colleges, she has also been an administrator at two women's colleges. Dr. Langdon is a former Director of Student Activities at Mount St. Mary's College and Director of Activities and Leadership at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA.

M. Elizabeth Tidball (Presenter) is Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the George Washington university medical center and distinguished research scholar and co-director of the Tidball Center for the study of Educational Environments at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Over the past 30 years she has compiled a significant record of research and publication on environments for the higher education of women, her most recent book (with co-authors Charles Tidball, Lisa Wolf-Wendel, and Daryl Smith) is Taking Women Seriously. She was founder and chair of the task force on women in physiology, co-founder of the Women?s Studies graduate program at the George Washington University, director of the establishment of the Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science and engineering at the National Academy of Sciences and founder of summer seminars for women. Among her many honors and accomplishments she has been a college trustee at Mount Holyoke, Hood, Sweet Briar, Salem, and Skidmore colleges. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she earned her M.S. and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In April, 1999, Dr. Tidball was honored by George Washington University with its President?s Medal, the highest honor the university can bestow.

Lisa Wolf-Wendell (Presenter) is Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Kansas. She has conducted research and presented papers in the areas of women and diversity in higher education, community colleges and the education of women, community-based learning, diversity in faculty, and service learning. She is currently focusing her research on two-year women's colleges. Along with M. Elizabeth Tidball, Charles Tidball, and Daryl Smith, she is a co-author of the recent book Taking Women Seriously. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education at The Claremont Graduate School.

Tamar March (Moderator) is the Dean of Educational Programs and the Director of Undergraduate Programs at Radcliffe College. In her capacity as Dean she coordinates with Harvard University on issues of common concern and is responsible for co-curricular programs. She has also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at New England College, and as an Academic Dean at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. March has been the guest editor of the journal Liberal Education, and has served on numerous panels and committees related to higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages and Literature.


Alice Chandler served sixteen years as President of the State University of New York at New Paltz. She had previously been the Academic Vice President and Provost and Acting President of the City College of the City University of New York. Among her many awards and honors, she has been a distinguished Fulbright Scholar, a member of the Revson Foundation Board, and has headed accreditation teams for the Middle States Association. She has published several books and articles in the fields of higher education policy and nineteenth-century literature. She has recently written a report on access, inclusion, and opportunity for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Florence Fasanelli is the Director of the Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement Intervention Programs at the Mathematical Association of America. Her task is to convince mathematics departments at colleges and universities to intervene in the pre-college education of minority students. Previously, she taught mathematics for 30 years at the high school and university levels and later focused on teacher enhancement as a program officer at the National Science Foundation. She has published biographies of women mathematicians. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education from The American University.

Barbara A. Hill is the Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership Development at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. She was the President of Sweet Briar College for six years. Before that she was the Provost at Denison University, the Editor of Liberal Education for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Associate Dean of Faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University. She has also taught and lectured at Smith, Hood, and Goucher Colleges. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

Berta Vigil Laden is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She is a former Spencer Foundation Fellow, Danforth Foundation Fellow, and former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Educational Testing Service. She has won awards from the PEW Charitable Trusts. Her areas of expertise include student diversity in higher education and the experience of Latino students at higher education institutions. She is also widely published on research involving community colleges. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University's School of Education.

Linda Marie Perkins is Associate Professor in Educational Foundations at Hunter College. She has formerly taught at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and the University of California-Riverside. She has received a Spencer Foundation Grant and been an Exxon Fellow in Social Sciences. She has been the Director of the History of Education Society and National Secretary of the Association of Black Women Historians. She is a national expert on the history of the education of Black women in America, with numerous publications to her credit. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, in the History of Education and Higher Education Administration.

Cornelius Riordan is Professor of Sociology at Providence College. Riordan's work on single-sex schools includes, Girls and Boys in School: Together or Separate, "Single-Gender Schools: Outcomes for African and Hispanic Americans," and "Sex Groupings and Improving Mathematics Achievement: Lessons from a Comparative Analysis." He has received fellowships from The Johns Hopkins University, the Sloan Foundation, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University.

Jadwiga Sebrechts is the Executive Director of the Women's College Coalition (WCC), an organization which represents women's colleges nationwide. The coalition makes the case for these women's colleges and acts as an advocate for the higher education of women. She oversees research on gender issues in higher education, writes on women in math and science, women's leadership development, single-sex learning environments and gender equity issues in higher education. She has served on advisory boards for National Science Foundation equity initiatives and the improvement of undergraduate science education. She is a member of the ACE's Commission on the Higher Education of Women. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Charles S. Tidball is Professor Emeritus of Computer Medicine and of Neurological Surgery at The George Washington University. In addition to his many accomplishments as a physician and as a scholar in the field of physiology, he also has made significant contributions to the field of education as a computer scientist. He founded an Educational Computing Technology Program for the Department of Education at The George Washington University, and he was the originator of the Small College Database which contains information on 1,109 four-year colleges. He is currently a co-author, along with his wife, M. Elizabeth Tidball, Lisa Wolf-Wendel, and Daryl Smith, of the recent publication Taking Women Seriously. In 1994, they were both appointed Distinguished Research Scholars at Hood College, where they are co-directors of the Tidball Center for the Study of Educational Environments. He earned his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

AAUW Board Members and Staff

Maggie Ford is President of the AAUW Educational Foundation. In addition to her role at the Foundation, she is Director of Development at the Village for Families & Children, Inc., a 200-year old organization that provides remediation and intervention services to abused children and families. Prior to this post, Ford spent 25 years in higher education advancement for 2- and 4-year public and private institutions and three state post-secondary systems. As a consultant, Ford specializes in fundraising for small non-profit organizations. Ford received an MAT from the University of New Hampshire and has pursued further graduate study at Boston University.

Pamela Haag is a Senior Research Associate with the AAUW Educational Foundation. Prior to joining AAUWEF she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Research on Women, Brown University, and, before that, a fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. She also has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. A book based on dissertation research, Consent, Sexual Rights, and the Transformation of American Liberalism, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press. Haag earned her Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where she specialized in American cultural history and gender studies.

Marion Kilson is Program Vice President for the AAUW Educational Foundation. Outside of her AAUW involvement, she is Dean of the Graduate School at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. She has held administrative and faculty positions at several colleges and universities in Massachusetts over the past three decades. Her research and publications center on African and African American societies, as well as women in American higher education. She earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University.

Priscilla Little is the Director of Research Initiatives at the AAUW Educational Foundation. She directs the commissioned Eleanor Roosevelt Fund research projects for the Educational Foundation. Formerly, she was the Director of Programs for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Division of State Programs, national Endowment for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is currently a member of the steering committee of Woman Administrators in Higher Education and has served as chair for The George Washington University Ecumenical Council. She holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia.

Karen Sloan Lebovich is Director of the AAUW Educational Foundation. In this capacity, Lebovich is responsible for directing the AAUW Educational Foundation's fellowship, grant, research, program, development, and fundraising efforts, and overseeing the Foundation's $100 million in assets. The AAUW Educational Foundation issues more than $2.7 million in fellowships and grants each year. Lebovich has held a variety of leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, higher education, and government, including posts at American University, the League of Women Voters and the National Science Foundation. She earned her B.A. from Simmons College.

Janice Weinman is the former Executive Director of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), AAUW Educational Foundation, and AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. She is currently working on legislative issues for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining AAUW, she was executive vice president of the College Board, where she created the nationally recognized Pacesetter program to help all students prepare for the transition from high school to college. Weinman also served as the vice president of academic affairs at the Fashion Institute of Technology, special assistant to the U.S. Commissioner of Education, and director of the Office of Executive Planning and Bureau of Research and Assessment of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Weinman earned her Ed.D. from Harvard University.

U.S. Department of Education

Irene Harwarth is with the National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (PLLI) at the U.S. Department of Education. At PLLI, she develops in-house research reports, monitors several research projects, and is coordinating a fellowship program. Her past publications have included: Historical Trends: State Education Facts, 1969 to 1989, and Degrees in Science and Mathematics: National Trends and State-by-State Data. Her latest report, Women's Colleges in the United States: History, Issues, and Challenges, came out in June 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in public administration from The George Washington University.

Carole B. Lacampagne is the Director of the National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (PLLI) of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) at the U.S. Department of Education. She sets the Department's research and development agenda for postcompulsory education. She is responsible for overseeing OERI's research and development centers in the areas of postsecondary education and adult learning and literacy. Dr. Lacampagne came to the Department in 1991 from the National Science Foundations where she was a Visiting Scientist, on leave from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University. She earned her Ph.D. from Teacher's College at Columbia University.

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