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First class of leadership fellows

As Women's Leadership Fellows, the faculty members will attend a monthly meeting where they will learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields. The program also will feature a concluding weekend retreat in June for more in-depth learning. 


Babb, director of the Institute for African American Studies and Franklin Professor of English. Her research focuses on African-American literature and culture, trans-Atlantic studies, and constructions of race and gender. Her honors include serving as a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, receiving the W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship in American Studies and delivering the Distinguished W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Humboldt University in Germany. 


Martin-Williams, director of the Lilly Fellows Program through the Center for Teaching and Learning and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on horn performance and pedagogy. Her discography includes recordings with the Atlanta Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony and the New York Pops. She served on the university committee that established the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program. 

Babb and Martin-Williams are already established leaders in the Franklin College and the university, guiding some of our most important programs and providing strong examples of professional success to students in many disciplines. We're proud of their accomplishments and inclusion in this inaugural grouping of campus leaders who are helping shape our learning environment and the state of Georgia for the better.

Image: Valerie Babb, left, and Jean Martin-Williams.

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