Mary Baldwin University Professor Receives Grant

July 17, 2001

Dr. Laura van Assendelft, Associate Professor of Political Science at Mary Baldwin University, has received a research grant from the American Political Science Association. Dr. van Assendelft will use the funds to conduct a study entitled, “A New Millennium: The Status of Women in Political Science.”

Dr. van Assendelft joined the Mary Baldwin faculty in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South and her Ph.D. from Emory University.

With more than 13,500 members residing in over 70 countries worldwide, the American Political Science Association is the world’s largest professional organization for the study of politics. The APSA provides an extraordinary range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions. The Association also brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors in order to expand our awareness and understanding of political life.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women — the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership — as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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