Two African American Women in Dean Posts Honored With Major Awards

Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College in Boston, has received the Beta Phi Mu Award from the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. Dr. Knowles was honored for “distinguished service to education for librarianship.”

Dr. Knowles has been with Simmons College since 1988. She holds a doctorate in library administration from Simmons College.

Bridgette Rahim-Williams, associate dean for research at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Medallion from the Network of Minority Research Investigators. She will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, in April.

Dr. Rahim-Williams is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in communication, a master of public health degree, and a Ph.D. in applied biomedical anthropology, all from the University of South Florida.

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