First to ADVANCE

First to ADVANCE features some of the women faculty trailblazers at the University of Maryland. This is a celebration of some of the many women faculty who achieved a "first" within their department or college or within their field/discipline.

  • Ritu Agarwal, 2019

    Professor & Senior Associate Dean, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

    First woman Distinguished University Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
    First woman Endowed Chair at the Robert H. Smith School of Business

  • Kathryn Bartol, 2020

    Robert H. Smith Professorship in Management & Organization and Area Chair, Management & Organization

    First Female Dean of the Fellows of the Academy of Management,
    First Chair of the Academy of Management Committee on the Status of Women,
    First Chair of the Interest Group on Women in Management of the Academy of Management, and
    First Female Chair of a Division of the Academy of Management (Social Issues in Management)

  • Maureen Cropper, 2019

    Distinguished University Professor & Chair, Department of Economics

    First woman Chair of the Economics Department

  • Lucy Dalglish, 2019

    Professor & Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

    First non-interim woman Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

  • Elizabeth Duke, 2020

    Florence Brody Family Foundation Public Policy Forum Professor, School of Public Policy

    First female Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • Ronit Eisenbach, 2019

    Professor, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

    First, and only, woman to achieve Full Professor in the Architecture Program

  • Carol Espy-Wilson, 2019

    Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    First African American woman, and first African American, in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, to achieve tenure & be promoted to Full Professor

  • Nia Imani Fields, 2019

    Principal Agent, UMD Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

    First African American woman to achieve Full Principal Agent in the UMD Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

  • Alison Flatau, 2020

    Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

    First woman to win the Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Prize from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering

  • Belen Franch, 2019

    Associate Research Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences

    First woman in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences to win the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal

  • Sharon Fries-Britt, 2019

    Professor, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

    First African American Woman to rise through the ranks of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor in the College of Education,
    First recipient of the Women of Color Award, President’s Commission on Women’s Issues

  • Glori Hyman, 2019

    Lecturer & Director, Institute of Applied Agriculture

    First woman Director of the Institute of Applied Agriculture

  • Dushanka Kleinman, 2020

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    First woman to serve as NIH Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral),
    Deputy Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
    Chief Professional Officer of the Dental Category in the USPHS, as well as
    leadership on the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research

  • Luz Martinez-Miranda, 2020

    Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

    First woman to become president of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists

  • Jordana Moore Saggese, 2020

    Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Archeology

    First African-American woman to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Art Journal

  • Linda C. Schmidt, 2019

    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    First woman to receive tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Laura Stapleton, 2019

    Professor & Associate Dean, Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

    First woman to reach the rank of Professor in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program

  • Bonnie Thornton Dill, 2019

    Professor & Dean, College of Arts & Humanities

    First African American woman Dean of College of Arts & Humanities

  • Christy Tirrell-Corbin, 2019

    Clinical Professor & Executive Director, Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

    First woman (and person) to reach level of Clinical Professor in the College of Education

  • Min Wang, 2019

    Professor, Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

    First Asian woman to become a Full Professor in the Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

  • Ellen Williams, 2020

    Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics

    First woman to serve as director of Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).