2023-2024 Weekend HERS Leadership Institute Cohort

Sixty-three emerging higher ed leaders to participate in the 2023-2024 Weekend HERS Leadership Institute

Sixty-three emerging higher education leaders from across the United States will participate in the 2023-2024 Weekend HERS Leadership Institute, hosted at the Airlie Hotel in Warrenton, Virginia (Greater D.C. area). HERS (Higher Education Resources Services) hosts three cohorts of the HERS Leadership Institute each year, including two summer intensive cohorts and a weekend immersion cohort hosted throughout the academic year.

Transformational leadership development

The HERS Leadership Institute (HLI) is a transformational leadership development program for higher education professionals, founded to fill leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic leaders capable of ushering their respective institutions into a more inclusive and equitable future. The institute is hosted in a variety of modalities, including a nine-day summer intensive version and a weekend version comprising four weekends throughout the academic year, in order to best serve participants’ needs. Whatever the mode of delivery, the rigorous curriculum, learning outcomes, pricing, and transformative quality of the experience remain the same.

During the institute, participants share their vision of leadership and what they hope to contribute to their respective institutions and are then challenged to develop the skills to actualize their professional vision. Alums of the HERS Leadership Institute emerge better skilled and more confident in leading with their unique voice, providing a much-needed infusion of bold new leadership to their respective institutions.

Diverse participants, diverse perspectives

The HERS Leadership Institute is designed for faculty and staff who generally hold mid-to-senior level positions in higher education and have a desire to emerge as more dynamic leaders for themselves and their institutions. The HERS Leadership Institute is an inclusive program, with a focus on women and people who are gender diverse. All HERS programs and services are open to all regardless of gender identity.

The setting of the HLI replicates what could happen on campus if faculty, staff, and admins were all working together, allowing everyone to gain insight into the unique perspectives of each role and learn from one another. While challenging, HERS Leadership Institutes offer a non-competitive space, and participants build community with and champion the growth of other participants both during and beyond the program.

Participants represent a range of racial and ethnic groups, gender identities, nationalities, veteran and disability statuses, religious affiliations, ages, and years of experience in higher education, thereby broadening the range of perspectives and insights brought to each session.

2023-2024 Weekend HERS Leadership Institute participants represent both public (two-thirds and private (one-third) institutions, and a wide range of geographies and institutional missions. Participants represent 25 states across the United States and come from 52 unique institutions. The institutions are large and small; co-ed and single-gender; and include liberal arts, research, land-grant, faith-based institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as a non-profit foundation. The cohort comprises faculty, staff, and administrators from a rich array of disciplinary backgrounds.

About HERS

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse community of women leaders through leadership and career development programs that support various career stages. Since its founding in 1972, HERS has been a force for change, transforming leadership and strengthening institutions of higher education. Over the past 50 years, HERS has supported the career advancement of more than 7,000 women from over 1,200 institutions across the United States and around the world, helping to shape and support bold leaders for an equal voice in the future of higher education.

Learn more about HERS at HERSnetwork.org.

2023-2024 Weekend HERS Leadership Institute

Mary Anderson
Professor, Political Science and International Studies, Faculty Director All-In for Democracy Coalition
University of Tampa

Carolyn Bargoot
Deputy Provost
Northeastern University

Sarah Barr
Advisor to the Provost on Campus Initiatives and Director of the Center for Community Engagement
Amherst College

Nawal Benmouna
Acting College-wide Dean of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Montgomery College

Mirjeta Beqiri
Professor of Operations
Gonzaga University

Beth Beschorner
Department Chair and Professor, Elementary and Literacy Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bethany Blackstone
Dean of the Honors College, Professor of Political Science
James Madison University

Nancy Buffone
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Robbie Burnett
Director of Innovation and Collaboration
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Kelly Campbell
Interim Vice Provost and Co-Chief Diversity Officer
California State University-San Bernadino

Lucinda Canty
Associate Professor and Director of Health Equity in Nursing Program, College of Nursing
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Maria Cecire
Program Officer, Higher Learning
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sarah Chard
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health
UMBC – University of Maryland Baltimore County

Jennifer Cramer
Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, College of Arts & Sciences
University of Kentucky

Pearl Dowe
Vice Provost For Faculty Affairs and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
Emory University

Mabel Ezeonwu
University of Washington Bothell

Jennifer Fewell
President’s Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University

Kimberly Filer
Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning,  Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Virginia Tech

Dawn Formo
Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Literature and Writing Studies
California State University-San Marcos

Laura Frost
Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
Florida Gulf Coast University

Ingrid Furniss
Interim Dean of the Faculty and Dean of Arts and Humanities
Lafayette College

Lisa Gabel
Professor, Rappolt Scholar in Neuroscience, Chair of Neuroscience, Incoming Dean of Natural Science
Lafayette College

Sherona Garrett-Ruffin
Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education (Psychology), Teaching Professor (Psychology)
Bowling Green State University

Ellen Gawalt
Interim Dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Science
Duquesne University

Courtney Giles
Director of Curricular Enrichment, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Vermont

Catherine Golden
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Purdue University Main Campus

Adrienne Hall-Phillips
Associate Professor of Marketing and Undergraduate Programs Chair
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Megan Halpern
Associate Professor, Science + Society Group, Lyman Briggs College; Director, CIRCLE
Michigan State University

Payne Hiraldo
Associate Director for Residential Education
University of Vermont

Erica Johnson
Director, Center for Global Engagement; Adjunct Faculty, K-12 and Secondary Programs, College of Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Casey Kendall
Executive Director, Applications and Infrastructure
Ithaca College

Lara Khansa
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Sonny Merryman Professor in Business
Virginia Tech

Mary Khetani
Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Ozlem Kilic
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dean of College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Anne Lambright
Professor of Hispanic Studies and Head of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University

Nandita Mani
Dean of University Libraries
University of Massachusetts

Holly Matusovich
Professor of Engineering Education and Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies in the College of Engineering
Virginia Tech

Rebecca McCue
Director of Community Engagement and Operations, Center for Community Action & Public Policy & Adjunct Faculty
Connecticut College

Tricia McFadden
Dean of Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies
Saint Francis University

Lucrisha Menjivar
Assistant Dean, Student Engagement and Leadership
Colorado State University-Pueblo

Lisa Millsaps-Graham
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Science Department, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment
City University of New York Brooklyn College

Mignon Moore
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the President
Barnard College

Mohini Mukherjee
Executive Director for International Student Services; Lead of India Relations
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Campus

Ingrid Nelson
Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology Department
Bowdoin College

Annie Nevells
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Experience
University of New Hampshire

Elizabeth Oldmixon
Director of Academic Policy
James Madison University

Lisa Ranfos
Associate Clinical Professor, Child Study and Development Center, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
University of New Hampshire

Amy Ribera
Director of Research and Evaluation and Associate Research Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Heather Sharpes-Smith
Associate Provost, Instructional Design and Technology, Director of Instructional Design, Engagement and Support (IDEAS)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Wendy Singer
Associate Provost and Roy T. Wortman Distinguished Professor of History
Kenyon College

Daniella Smith
Hazel Harvey Peace Endowed Professor and Director of the Information Science Ph.D. Program
University of North Texas

Jean Spear
Senior Program Manager for Academic Affairs
University of New Hampshire

Nicole Stark
Director of Alumni Relations, USC Gould School of Law
University of Southern California

Beth A. SteffelChair of the Academic Senate for the California State University (ASCSU) and Associate Professor of DesignCalifornia State University

Vidya Sundar
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department; Chair, Faculty Senate
University of New Hampshire

Rebecca Thomas
Department Chair & Professor of Biology
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

Carrie Tzou
Professor and Director of the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal
University of Washington Bothell

Lindsey Van Note
Executive Director Human Resources
Georgia Gwinnett College

Dana Veron
Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Director of Climate Change Science and Policy Hub, Full Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science
University of Delaware

Laura Voith
Associate Professor
Case Western Reserve University

Erin Walsh
Associate Provost for Administration
Bryn Mawr College

Lisa Withers
Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of Music
Emory & Henry College

Traci Zimmerman
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters
James Madison University

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