The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center and the Center for Science in Society present:
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University
“Women as Academic Leaders: Insiders with Outsider Values”
Part of the “Celebrating Women Scientists as University Presidents” Lecture Series
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ely Room, Wyndham
Nancy Cantor is the 11th Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, as well as Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. A native New Yorker, Dr. Cantor came to Syracuse from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was Chancellor. After being Chair of the Department of Psychology at Princeton, she became Dean of the Graduate School and then Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. She received her A.B. in 1974 from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in psychology in 1978 from Stanford University.
Dr. Cantor is recognized for her scholarly contributions to the understanding of how individuals perceive and think about their social worlds, pursue personal goals, and how they regulate their behavior to adapt to life’s most challenging social environments. She is co-author or co-editor of three books and author or co-author of numerous book chapters and scientific journal articles. She has been an advocate for racial justice and for diversity in higher education, and she has written and lectured widely on these subjects. At the University of Michigan she was closely involved in the university’s defense of affirmative action in the cases Grutter and Gratz, decided by the Supreme Court in 2003. Cantor has also lectured and written extensively on liberal education and the creative campus.
Dr. Cantor is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She has also received the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League. She is the past chair of the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education and former chair of the board of the American Council on Education. She has served on the board of trustees of Sarah Lawrence College and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, as a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Survey of Student Engagement and on various advisory boards and study sections of the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council, and a Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues.