On the Job : Faculty and Administration

Throughout Rider's history, women have played an important role as instructors and administrators. By the 1880s, women were teaching various subjects at Trenton Business College. Georgie T. Freas and Myra Marsh were the College's first female instructors. The Stewart Business College, another precursor to Rider, had its first female adminstrator in 1886. By the end of the 1920s, the ranks of Rider’s women faculty had grown to twenty-five percent. That year, two faculty members, Mary Hooper and Emily Gibbons, were the first women at Rider to attain the title of professor.

1935 saw the establishment of a Women's Department, headed by a Dean of Women, a position that existed until 1963, after Rider's move from Trenton to Lawrenceville in the early 1960s. In the later decades of the 20th century, women have joined the ranks of faculty and administration in greater numbers. Today, women make up almost fifty percent of the faculty.

Ella Stewart, administrator, 1890.

Ella Stewart, administrator, 1890.

Agnes Smith, teacher, 1904.

Agnes Smith, teacher, 1904.

Bernice Gee, treasurer, ca. 1915.

Bernice Gee, treasurer, ca. 1915.

Eleanor Hathaway, teacher training, 1925.

Eleanor Hathaway, teacher training, 1925.

Mary Hooper, first woman at Rider to attain title of Professor, 1929.

Mary Hooper, first woman at Rider to attain title of Professor, 1929.

Edith Wright, Dean of Women, 1930s through 1950s.

Edith Wright, Dean of Women, 1930s through 1950s.

Ann R. Shapiro, English professor, 1965.

Ann R. Shapiro, English professor, 1965.

Ann Osborn, History professor, 1980s.

Ann Osborn, History professor, 1980s.

Virginia Cyrus, professor, Women's Studies, 1989.

Virginia Cyrus, professor, Women's Studies, 1989.

Katherine T. Hoff, English professor, 1990s.

Katherine T. Hoff, English professor, 1990s.