June 2023 HERS Leadership Institute Cohort

Fifty-nine emerging higher ed leaders to participate in the June 2023 HERS Leadership Institute

Fifty-nine emerging higher education leaders from across the United States will participate in the June 2023 cohort of the HERS Leadership Institute, hosted this June on the campus of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. 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.

June 2023 HERS Leadership Institute participants represent both public (about 58%) and private (about 42%) institutions, and a wide range of geographies and institutional missions. Participants represent 21 states across the United States and come from 41 unique institutions. The institutions are large and small; and include liberal arts, research, and faith-based institutions and community colleges. 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.

June 2023 HERS Leadership Institute, Bridgewater State University, Cohort

Emily Acevedo
Director, Academic Planning & Facilities
California State University-Los Angeles

Sara Baker
Dean, Department of Fine Arts
Temple College

Krystal Banfield
Vice President for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship
Berklee College of Music

Amy Beaulieu
Associate Vice President, Finance
Bridgewater State University

Diane Bell
Acting Vice President, Division of Outreach and Engagement
Bridgewater State University

Rajita Bhavaraju
Deputy Director, Global Tuberculosis Institute and Instructor, School of Public Health
Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences

Margaret Bolter
Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives
Boston University

Michele Cascardi
Professor of Psychology, Chairperson Department of Communication, Dean’s Fellow College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Andrea Cayson
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Bridgewater State University

Wendy Champagnie Williams
Associate Professor School of Social Work
Bridgewater State University

Christina Chisholm
Director of McNair Scholars Program & THRIVE Student Support Services          Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Petra Christmann
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs & Research and Professor of Strategic Management & International Business
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Eleni Christofa
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Joan Collier
Assistant Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Central Office

Kathleen Corriveau
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Boston University

Ayse Coskun
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director of the Center for Information & Systems Engineering
Boston University

Yolanda Covington-Ward
Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rebecca Culyba
Vice Provost for Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa D’Angelo
Associate Provost for Research
Yale University

Chrystyna Dail
Associate Professor of Theatre History and Director of the Integrative Core Curriculum
Ithaca College

Caron Daley
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Ensemble Area Coordinator
Duquesne University

Michelle DallaPiazza
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences

Jenny Deranek
Assistant Dean and Clinical Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Indiana University South Bend

Adrienne Dixson
Executive Director of Education and Civil Rights Initiative and Professor of Educational Leadership Studies
University of Kentucky

Elizabeth Doyle
Executive Associate for Presidential Initiatives, Inclusion and Equity
Grand Valley State University

Pamela Epley
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Erikson Institute

Subhashini Ganapathy
Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering
Wright State University

Miranda Giurleo
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Theatre
Bridgewater State University

Jasmine Gonzales Rose
Professor of Law and Acting Co-Director & Chair of Policy at BU Center for Antiracist Research
Boston University

Margarita Guillory
Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies
Boston University

Tabitha Hardy
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education

Rangapriya Kannan
Associate Dean, Faculty & Accreditation
University of San Diego

Priya Kohli
Associate Professor of Statistics, Chair of Priorities, Planning, and Budget Committee, Assistant Chair of Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Connecticut College

Pelin Kohn
Professor of Practice and Leadership Program Chair and Leadership Center Director
Norwich University

Deborah Levine
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Health Sciences (moving into Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences on July 1, 2023)
Providence College

Kelly Martin
Interim Dean College of Liberal Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology

Randi Mayers
Director of Student Academic Success
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Camden Campus

Caylin McCamp
Sustainable Projects Manager
University of Vermont

Christine Moran
Associate Vice President, Student Success
McDaniel College

Kate Nooner
Chair & Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 

Marta Pluta
Assistant Director, IT Computer Classrooms and Enterprise Desktop Support
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rebecca Price
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington Bothell

Kimberly Pyszka
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Auburn University at Montgomery

Karyn Rabourn
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of M.Ed. in Higher Education Program
Grand Valley State University

Tatiana Rizova
Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Social Sciences
Christopher Newport University

Emily Rothman
Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy
Boston University

Jaya Satagopan
Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Rutgers School of Public Health

Joanna Schwartz
Professor of Marketing
Georgia College & State University (Georgia College)

Monica Skomo
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Duquesne University

Kellie Smith
Director of Center for Faculty Excellence and Assistant Professor of Communication
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

Amy Spellacy
Project Manager, Office of Research
The Ohio State University

Arati Srinivasan
Associate Professor of Management and Assistant Chair of Management Department
Providence College

Rachel Steck
Faculty Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Theatre
Willamette University 

Summer Steele
Executive Director of the Office of Pre-College Programs
California State University-San Bernardino

Paaige Turner
Dean and Professor College of Communication, Information, and Media
Ball State University

Eugenia Villa-Cuesta
Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works
Adelphi University

Bridget Wadzuk
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the College of Engineering, Associate Director of Sustainable Engineering, and Associate Director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems
Villanova University

Melanie Wicinski
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Accreditation and Assessment
Arkansas State University

Kim Williams
Full Professor and Department Chair of Hospitality and Tourism Management University of North Texas

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