Julia Jasken, Ph.D.

HERS Board Secretary, Advancement Committee Chair, Audit Committee

2014 HERS Leadership Institute Alumna

McDaniel College
Westminster, MD

“I appreciate being a member of the HERS board because of the many ways the organization supports women on their leadership journeys within the expansive frameworks of diversity, equity and intersectionality.”

Dr. Julia Jasken is the 10th president of McDaniel College and the second woman president in the college’s 154-year history. She has dedicated nearly her entire professional life to higher education and most notably to McDaniel, beginning in the classroom in 2003 as an English professor specializing in new media pedagogy and teaching a variety of professional writing courses.

Over her tenure at McDaniel, Dr. Jasken has assumed increasing responsibility in administrative positions, serving the college’s executive vice president and provost immediately preceding her presidency. Her expertise spans community engagement; new academic program development; academic and campus life restructuring; student success initiatives; oversight of institutional diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; adjunct faculty union contract negotiations; and building and supporting a culture of safety compliance.

Nationally, Dr. Jasken is widely respected for her contributions to higher education, most recently serving as the keynote speaker for the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Wellesley Institute. In addition to her role as Chair of the Finance Committee and Executive Committee Board member of HERS National Women Leadership Network, Dr. Jasken also serves as an Executive Committee Board member for Westminster’s Target Community & Educational Services and as a Board Member for Chamber Music on the Hill.

She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the College of St. Benedict, her M.A. in Rhetoric and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.