Ophelia Weeks, who served for more than 30 years on the faculty at Florida International University in Miami, stepped down from her post earlier this year. Now, she has been granted the title of professor emerita in the College of Arts, Science, and Education. The title entitles Dr. Weeks to campus access and courtesies on par with active faculty members.
Professor Weeks is a neuroscientist who served as a professor of biology at Florida International University. She was also the director of Quantifying Biology in the Classroom and was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
Professor Weeks has not gone into retirement. In April, she was appointed the fourteenth president of the University of Liberia in Africa.
Professor Weeks was born in Washington, D.C., when her Liberian parents were studying at Howard University. Her father served as the third president of the University of Liberia. She is only the second woman to lead the university since its founding in 1951.