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Arts & Sciences Women Faculty in Research 2020

Twelve women faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences are featured in the first cohort of Texas Tech University's new initiative, the Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty. They are, top row from left, Katharine Hayhoe, PhD; Jacalyn McComb, PhD; Min-Joo Kim, PhD; Kristin Hutchins, PhD; Emily Skidmore, PhD; Raegan Higgins, PhD; and bottom row from left, Raychel Vasseur, PhD; Moira Ridley, PhD; Amy Flowerree, PhD; Martha Smithey, PhD; Alessandra Corsi, PhD; and (placeholder image for) Terry Von Ende, PhD.

12 A&S Women Faculty Featured for Their Research 

During spring 2020, Texas Tech celebrates women faculty who exemplify excellence in research, scholarship, creative activity, teaching and mentoring.

4.10.2020 by Amada Castro-Crist

Texas Tech University has launched a new initiative: the Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty. A collaboration between the Office of Research & Innovation, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) and the Women's & Gender Studies (WGS) program, the initiative recognizes and celebrates the careers in academia and research of more than 40 women faculty across campus; 12 of them hail from the College of Arts & Sciences.

They are (with links to their stories):

TTU astrophysics professor Alessandra Corsi

Alessandra Corsi, PhD
Department of Physics & Astronomy

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TTU philosophy professor Amy Flowerree

Amy Flowerree, PhD
Department of Philosophy

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TTU political science professor Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, PhD
Department of Political Science

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TTU math professor Raegan Higgins

Raegan Higgins, PhD
Department of Mathematics & Statistics

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TTU chemistry professor Kristin Hutchins

Kristin Hutchins, PhD
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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TTU English professor Min-Joo Kim

Min-Joo Kim, PhD
Department of English

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TTU kinesiology professor Jacalyn McComb

Jacalyn McComb, PhD
Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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TTU geology professor Moira Ridley

Moira Ridley, PhD
Department of Geosciences

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TTU hisotry professor Emily Skidmore

Emily Skidmore, PhD
Department of History

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TTU sociology professor Martha Smithey

Martha Smithey, PhD
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

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TTU Spanish language professor Raychel Vasseur

Raychel Vasseur, PhD
Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

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Terry von Ende, PhD
Department of Economics

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"In general, what tends to happen across the nation is that women's accomplishments and contributions often are obscured," said Elizabeth Sharp, director of WGS. "We are trying to highlight women across fields and across campus. We think this is a great way to increase visibility of the research conducted by our women faculty."

"Academia is challenging, even frustrating at times," shared Moira Ridley, a geosciences professor in the College of Arts & Sciences. "Yet I cannot imagine any more satisfying career choice that allows such freedom and self-determination."

"We're very proud to take the opportunity during Women's History Month to highlight the artistic, scholarly and research accomplishments of Texas Tech women faculty," said Vice President of Research and Innovation Joseph A. Heppert. "It's a great opportunity to celebrate the enormous contributions they make to the university community."

The initiative is one of several at the university that supports, encourages and recognizes women Red Raiders as they work, conduct research and study at Texas Tech.

Women faculty writers also can find support through the Women Faculty Writing Program. Created in 2015 with just 17 members in two groups, the program has grown to include almost 100 members in 10 different groups, including those interested in grant writing and women of color groups. The program is the inspiration and model for writing programs at several other institutions across the U.S.

The university also supports two networks for women, the Women Full Professor Network and the Women Staff Network. Both are supported by the President's Gender Equity Council and WSG, and were created to help women connect with and support women in similar roles in an effort to increase equity and inclusion across campus.

"Through our collaborative women faculty spotlight initiative, Texas Tech University demonstrates our commitment to not simply citing our values through our strategic plan, but delivering on our promises," said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and DDEI vice president.

"Representation and visibility matters," Sumner said. "Congratulations to each and every woman on their recognition. We look forward to more opportunities to do the same."

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This article was adapted from the original, written by Amanda Castro-Crist and published at Texas Tech Today on March 5, 2020.

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