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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, week long 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.
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:
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).
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).
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
“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.”