Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Rebecca Mark will take over as director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a University-wide email sent by Chancellor of Rutgers University—New Brunswick Christopher J. Molloy stated on Monday.
In addition to her role as director, Mark will serve as a professor of women’s and gender studies, the email stated.
Mark is currently chair of the English Department and professor of American literature at Tulane University. In addition to her role at Tulane University, she is the founding director of the Newcomb College Institute, “an internationally recognized institute for the education of undergraduate women,” according to the email.
Directing a conference on civil rights in 2004, Mark received the Public Humanities Achievement Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council. As well as being named the Greenberg Family Professor in Social Entrepreneurship for 2014-2016, Mark was the Distinguished Teaching Mentor for Tulane University’s Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, the email stated.
The IWL works to advance women in the public sphere while addressing issues of diversity and gender equity.
“(The IWL) brings together the expertise of its member units to examine and promote women’s leadership in education, research, the arts, sciences, politics and government, human rights, the workplace and the world," according to the institute's website.
As director of the IWL, Mark will work to advance these principles as an advocate while also developing new programs and initiatives at Rutgers.