Newsmaker: Irene H. Frieze
Noteworthy: Frieze won the 2014 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement, which recognizes contributions to social justice by members of the University of Pittsburgh community.
Family: Two brothers who live in California and Hawaii
Occupation: Professor of psychology, business administration and women’s studies. Founding member of the Pitt Women’s Studies program, now called the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program.
Education: Frieze graduated from South High School in Torrance, Calif. In 1967, she received a bachelor’s in mathematics and psychology from UCLA. In 1973, she received a doctorate in psychology from UCLA. She joined the faculty of Pitt in 1972.
Background: Frieze was hired to set up a women’s studies program at Pitt during a time in which she said there was a lot of activism in the areaconcerning the environment, women’s rights and civil rights. Over the years, she has researched violence in relationships and women’s careers. She has served as the chairwoman for several University Senate committees on equality and support for women on campus. Her latest project concerns the welfare of non-tenure track faculty at the university. She will retire next year.
Quote: “Faculty make contributions other than just research. It feels really good to have that work be recognized before I leave the university.”