Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland

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Current professors and college instructors in Maryland represent an exemplary commitment to scholarship and diversity. However, this means it’s a tall task to name the top women professors in all the schools from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland to Salisbury and Cumberland.

The top women professors in Maryland hail from almost every discipline. Many combine research with public service or political activism. Whether you attend a Maryland two-year college or a world-renowned hospital/medical school, you can study with extraordinary authors, environmental scientists, biochemists, historians, theologians, attorneys, inventors, plant scientists, and choral directors. Here are 25 that have already left their mark on our world.

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Carol Espy-Wilson University of Maryland

Dr. Espy-Wilson is the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence Professor for Women Faculty of Color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She was named to the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research.

Catherine Fenselau University of Maryland

Dr. Fenselau has served as Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, since 1998. She was recognized for her research to detect, characterize, and differentiate microorganisms, particularly in the arena of homeland security, counterterrorism and counter-proliferation programs, and food safety.

Cathy Castellan Loyola University of Maryland

Dr. Castellan, professor of Teacher Education & Professional Development, works with Baltimore City Schools to foster professional educator development. She received the M.E.N.T.O.R Students’ Choice Award in 2009.

Cynthia Zeller Towson University

An associate professor of chemistry, Dr. Zeller was also recipient of the 2012 Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics. Her current academic focus is in Forensic Chemistry.

Gabrielle Spiegel Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Spiegel’s research focus is Medieval history, with special interest in historiography and linguistic analysis. She has previously won John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences fellowships.

Glenda Hernandez Baca Montgomery College

Dr. Baca has been at Montgomery College for nearly 10 years, now serving as Associate Professor, Education, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Previoysly, she completed teacher education trainings throughout Latin America.

Jill L. Caviglia-Harris Salisbury University

Dr. Caviglia-Harris’ research concentrates on “the nexus between land use change and welfare in the Brazilian Amazon.” She serves as Professor of Economics in the Economics and Finance Department in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.

Joelle Frechette Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Frechette, assistant professor, was one of 78 young research engineers seelcted for the symposium. She previously won 2011 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award.

Judith Freidenberg University of Maryland

Dr. Freidenberg’s work focuses on Urban health and community development, immigrant health and social supports, aging and Latino culture, ethnicity and health care. She has previously been a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in her hometown, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Judith Kehe Coppin State University

Recently appointed Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kehe has research interests in the neuro-developmental effects of infants exposed to the HIV virus. She is also Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Services.

Kathleen Kennedy Norris Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)

Dr. Norris is Director, BCCC Life Sciences Institute (LSI) and Coordinator, BCCC Biotechnology Program. From FY 2010-12, the number of degrees and certificates awarded at LSI increased 47 percent. Last fall, Dr. Norris received the 2012 Northeast Region Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, one of only five regional winners in the nation to be so honored.

Kaye Whitehead Loyola University of Maryland

Dr. Whitehead is assistant professor of Communication. Her work focuses on 19th century black women’s history and African American history. She has been awarded a Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, a MDHS Fellowship, and a NEH Summer Stipend. Her first book “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis” will be published by USC Press later this year.

Kelly Brown Douglas Goucher College

Dr. Douglas, professor of religion, is currently the director of the religion program at Goucher College. She has been honored by the Womanist Legend Black Religious Scholars Group at Womanist Legends Gala, New York, March, 2012.

Lia Purpura Loyola University of Maryland

Writer-in-residence Purpura was one of only 12 recipients of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation non-fiction fellowships in support of her next book. She serves as affiliate associate professor of writing at the university.

Margaret Johnson University of Baltimore School of Law

Professor Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director: Center on Applied Feminism, joined the faculty in 2006. Her Regent’s award recognized her work in establishing the Feminist Legal Theory Conference.

Margarita Herrera-Alonso Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Herrera-Alonso will use her NSF grant to further research into structure and property relationships of new polymers. She serves as Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering.

Maria Gisela Bardossy University of Baltimore

An Assistant Professor of Decision Science at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, Dr. Bardossy received honors for her doctoral dissertation exploring computer network design. She earned her Ph.D. in management science in 2011.

Mary Beth Klinger College of Southern Maryland

Dr. Klinger’s interests include International Business and Management and Business Strategy. The excellence award recgonizes “Outstanding Contributions to Teaching; Curriculum and Professional Development; College Community and the Community at Large.”

Mary Lowe Loyola University of Maryland

Dr. Lowe’s Collaborative Research: Physics of Medicine will be funded for the next few years by the NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program. She has taught physics at Loyola since 1988.

Maureen Cropper University of Maryland

Professor and Chair of Economics, Dr. Cropper is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a former Lead Economist at the World Bank. She was one of the first fellows of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Patricia Glibert University of Maryland

Dr. Glibert has served as researcher at the Horn Point Laboratory since 1986. She received an honorary doctorate by Linnaeus University on May 20 in Växjö, Sweden, in part in recognition of her pioneer work on effects of nutrient pollution.

Paula Monopoli University of Maryland

Professor of Law, Dr. Monopoli has published widely in the area of ethics, fiduciary duty, gender and inheritance law. She is also recipient of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award.

Sheila McDonald Harleston University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Harleston is an instructor in music at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as well as Director of Choral Activities. She has previously received Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Service Award, University of Maryland Eastern Shore “Celebrated Women Award,” and the “Chairman’s Award.”

Silvia Muro University of Maryland

Dr. Muro’s innovations allow the human body’s built-in transportation systems to move orally or intravenously administered medications through tissues and cells. Her research focus is on using endocytic vesicular transport to deliver nanomedicines through the body.

Susan Muaddi Darraj Harford Community College

Darraj is author of The Inheritance of Exile (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), and Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing (Praeger, 2004). NISOD is the outreach organization of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.