Toftrees Resort and Conference Center
State College, PA 16803
About the Institute
The Leadership Institute for Faculty Women addresses women in leadership and gender equity in the academy through a series of presentations and interactive, experiential, and strategy-based workshops.
The Institute is an intensive, weeklong program. Participants arrive at the site on Sunday afternoon and then attend dinner and the Keynote Address. For the duration of the week, participants will attend lectures, workshops, panels and discussion group sessions from morning until evening, with breaks and meals. The structure and schedule allows both skill development and both formal and informal discussions to create connections and networks among the cohort of women. The program is concluded on Thursday after a session of synthesis and evaluation.
The Institute was
designed specifically to assist women faculty in the Pennsylvania State System
of Higher Education to advance to top ranks and positions of leadership on campus
and in the system. The Institute has been endorsed by the Chancellor and is
supported by the Offices of the President on each campus.
The Institute will
assist women participants to develop their leadership potential starting at the
level of self-development, and working through interpersonal and collaborative
interactions, committee membership, and departmental leadership, to possible
union leadership and administrative positions.
Leadership is viewed as multifaceted, interpersonal, and contextual. Strategies to influence others and systems to get things done are emphasized. The Institute uses multiple perspectives to examine the ways in which women relate to leadership.
Who Should Attend?
The institute is designed to encourage collaboration and networking among women from varied disciplines, ranks, and leadership levels. Junior and senior faculty women with potential or demonstrated leadership ability are targeted. Two participants will be selected and supported by each campus.
We especially encourage the (campus) selection of women with diverse backgrounds and interest in or experience with the Women’s Studies, the Commission on the Status of Women; other university wide committees; the campus Senate; and/or APSCUF.
Faculty women who participate in the Leadership Institute will be able to:
- Develop a complex, contemporary, multi-layered and gendered understanding of leadership
- Utilize strategies to influence decisions and create change
- Communicate effectively at the interpersonal, committee, and institutional levels to promote collaboration and cooperation as well as respond to adversity and resolve conflict
- Create networks among diverse constituencies at the university and the System level
- Advance professionally through promotion and/or leadership opportunities at the department, university, and System level
About the Location
Toftrees Resort and Conference Center is nestled amid 1500 scenic wooded acres. Less than four miles from downtown State College, it offers the relaxation & comforts of a secluded resort surrounded by state forestland and rolling hills of Central PA. To find out more, visit their website www.toftrees.com
Maureen C. McHugh, Ph.D is a Professor at IUP. She is President Elect for Women in Psychology, Chair of the Committee for Women in Psychology, and has served as the President of The Association for Women in Psychology (AWP).
M. Theresa Bloskey, MSW is a Professor at Bloomsburg University and Director of TRIO Student Support Services. She is the President of the BU Chapter of the PASSHE Women's Consortium and past president of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at BU. She is also the creator and faculty mentor for the student women's organization Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment (WISE).
Professional Development Speaker
Joan Chrisler, Ph.D is a Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College. She is best known for her research and writing on psychology and women's health. Chrisler has published five books, including Arming Athena: Career Strategies for Women in Academe. She served as President of the Society for Women in Psychology, the Association for Women in Psychology, and Division 1 of the American Psychological Association.
Institute Contact Information
For more information about selection on your campus, contact the office of the President and/or your Women’s Commission or Consortium contact. For general information about the Institute, contact the conference coordinator
M. Theresa Bloskey, Coordinator
Bloomsburg University of PA