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President Emerita Judith Shapiro to lead the Teagle Foundation

The Teagle Foundation has named Judith Shapiro, Barnard President and Professor of Anthropology Emerita, as its new president, writes The Chronicle of Higher Education. An excerpt:

"Over the years, Teagle has emphasized assessment of student learning and pedagogy. Ms. Shapiro says she will focus on curriculum revision, particularly how successful approaches developed at one institution can be disseminated to others. Faculty members understand the value of sharing the results of other research, she says, "but they've been resistant to doing it in teaching. We'll try to foster change in that attitude.""

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Shapiro, who served as president of Barnard from 1994 to 2008, received her A.B. from Brandeis University and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.  She taught in the department of anthropology at the University of Chicago from 1970 to 1975. She joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr College in 1975 as a member of the department of anthropology, later becoming chair, and then served as acting dean of the College in 1985-86 and provost from 1986 to 1994.  She has served as president of the American Ethnological Society, and is currently on the boards of ITHAKA Harbors, Scholars at Risk, and Friends of the European Humanities University and on the President’s Advisory Council of the University of the People. She has done extensive fieldwork in anthropology, on indigenous societies of the Brazilian tropical forest and also on an international congregation of Catholic missionary sisters. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and in 2002 received the National Institute of Social Sciences Gold Medal Award for her contribution as a leader in higher education for women.

The Teagle Foundation is a New York-based foundation whose grant making is focused on improving undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences.