Faculty Leadership Institute

August 7th - 11th 2016 |Toftrees Resort & 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.

​Participant Outcomes

Faculty women who participate in the Leadership Institute will be able to:

​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

Institute Officers

Institute Director

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).

Institute Coordinator

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

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“The entire institute was wonderful. It filled a void for faculty women.”

“…An excellent program. I gained not only needed information, but the support to return and do what I thought I couldn't do. The speakers were very inspirational.”

“Super! A unique and inspiring experience- this week has been extremely valuable for me. Thank you!”

…The speakers were very much models of what they were presenting. It was an excellent idea to use women within the State System so that we could begin to network with them.”


Suzanna M. Rose, Ph.D.

Suzanna M. Rose, Ph.D., is Dean/Executive Director of the School of Integrated Science & Humanity and Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at Florida International University, Miami. She previously served as Senior Associate Dean for the Sciences, Chair of Psychology, and Director of Women’s Studies at FIU. Dr. Rose received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Prior to coming to FIU, she was Professor of Psychology and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Rose has published extensively on issues related to women and gender, including professional networks, career development, leadership, and personal relationships. She has edited two books on women’s career development: Women’s Careers: Pathways and Pitfalls, and Career Guide for Women Scholars, and lectured widely on salary negotiation for women. She currently is Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant aimed at recruiting and retaining women faculty in all fields and particularly the sciences. More than thirty universities nationally and internationally have consulted with her concerning strategies for recruiting and retaining women faculty in science and engineering. Website: www.fiu.edu/~srose.

Maureen C. McHugh, PhD

Maureen C. McHugh, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught more than 3500 students in Psychology of Women and has mentored and supervised research for 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. She received the Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), and the Christine Ladd Franklin Award (1997) for her contributions to AWP, and to feminist psychology. In more than 50 articles and chapters, McHugh has published on feminist methods and critiques, feminist transformation of psychology, violence against women, gender difference research, and recently on anti-fat bias in psychology. Some of her work has been recognized with a Distinguished Publication Award (AWP). Dr. McHugh founded the Women’s Studies Program (WS) at IUP in 1986 and served as Director for a decade. She has been involved in many women’s organizations and networks. Active in the Women’s Consortium since 1986, she served as President (2000). She envisioned and organized the Leadership Institute for Women Faculty and continues as Director. McHugh has held leadership positions in the Association for Women in Psychology and is currently the President Elect of the Society for Psychology of Women/Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is also Chair of the Committee for Women in Psychology (CWP) of APA.

Joan C. Chrisler, PhD

Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, is the Class of 1943 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, New London, CT. Chrisler is the recipient of the College’s 2009 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented for outstanding service in a leadership role. In other leadership roles, Chrisler has served as President of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the New England Psychological Association, the Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors, and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Dr. Chrisler served as editor of Sex Roles, an international, interdisciplinary behavioral science journal. She is internationally known for her research and writing on the psychology of women and gender and women’s health issues. She has published ten books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2012, Praeger), the 2-volume Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology 2010, Springer), Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives (2007, Springer), and From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy (2004, Haworth). Other titles include Arming Athena: Career Strategies for Women in Academe, New Directions in Feminist Psychology, Lectures on the Psychology of Women, Variations on a Theme: Diversity and the Psychology of Women, and Charting a New Course for Feminist Psychology. Dr. Chrisler has won many awards including: the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women, both for career contributions to feminist psychology; the Distinguished Leader Award from APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology; the Ann Voda Career Award from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research; the Teacher of the Year Award from the Rhode Island Teachers of Psychology; the Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi; a Distinguished Publication Award for Lectures on the Psychology of Women; and the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award for leadership and service to feminist psychology and AWP.

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