The Women's Place Transitions

The Women’s Place News

Jennifer BeardJennifer Beard (picture at right), The Women's Place (TWP) director, has accepted a position in strategic planning at the College of Public Health. Jennifer will be joining CPH as Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives. She will collaborate with partners within the college and beyond to develop and implement strategic initiatives. She will work closely with community partners to build political, community, and public-health relationships in Ohio, the nation, and all over the world. Her new postion begins December 2.

As director of The Women's Place – Ohio State's organization that serves to expand opportunities for women to grow and lead – Jennifer played an integral role in strategic planning and policy analysis, seeking to transform the culture and remove institutional barriers for women.

Dr. Andreá N. Williams, an associate professor in the Department of English, has agreed to accept the position as ODI Fellow and Interim Director of TWP from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Dr. Williams specializes in African American literature and American literature to 1900. Her research focuses on slave narratives and Black autobiography, print culture, class, and U.S. women writers. Her current work traces the lives and writing of unmarried African American women who helped to cultivate singleness as a viable long-term lifestyle in the twentieth century. Dr. Williams has been awarded grants and fellowships from Rutgers University, the National Humanities Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). At Ohio State, she has served widely on college and university committees and as vice chair of the Department of English, winning awards for teaching and leadership on campus. She is an alumna of Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, and earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Until Professor Williams begins her tenure as Interim Director, Grace Johnson will provide leadership to TWP, in collaboration with Dr. Williams.