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Spelman College Graduates with President Beverly Daniel Tatum

Etta Z. Falconer

The Etta Z. Falconer Mathematics Lecture series honors and celebrates the memory and legacy of Etta Z. Falconer, Ph.D., Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College until her retirement in 2002.

Dr. Falconer earned her Ph.D. from Emory University with a dissertation entitled, “ Quasigroups Invariant Under Isotopy,” directed by Trevor Evans. She served Spelman with distinction for 37 years, contributing vision, leadership, and tireless energy. 

Among many official roles, she served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Chairperson of the Division of Natural Sciences, Associate Provost for Science Programs and Policy, and Interim Provost of the College.

In these and other professional roles beyond the college, she initiated and led many special projects which have increased the participation of women, African Americans and other under-represented groups in mathematics, science and engineering careers and continue to have far-reaching impact today. 

On campus her legacy includes a significant impact on or origination of the Dual Degree Engineering Program, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholars Program, and the Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) Program, as well as several science departments.