Emory Report
July 24, 2006
Volume 58, Number 35


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July 24 , 2006
Women sought for HERS program

BY Mary Loftus

Senior Associate Vice President Betty Willis appreciated the “sharing of individual and personal challenges…and the opportunity for frank observations and advice.”

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Carolyn Drews-Botsch enjoyed connecting with a group of “talented, bright, accomplished women from a broad range of institutions of higher learning.”

Both attended the Management Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Wellesley College last year, a program sponsored by the New England branch of Higher Education Resource Services (HERS).
HERS, an independent organization established in 1972 at Brown University to develop and direct programs that improve the status and opportunities of academic professional women, has been housed at Wellesley’s Center for Research on Women since 1976.

Up to two Emory women will be competitively selected by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) to receive funding to attend this year’s institute.

The president’s office fully supports this program, says Carolyn Bregman, chair of the Women in Leadership subcommittee of the PCSW.

“This is a great development opportunity for women looking to make their next move in university leadership,” says Bregman, a director of career services at the Law School. “I would like to encourage women to self-nominate and supervisors to nominate women who work for them. This program encourages women to make a commitment to excellence in their professional and personal lives.”

HERS New England is one of the most distinguished leadership development programs in the country. Its mission is to provide women in higher education across the United States with outlets for professional support and training expressly designed to assist them in developing their leadership skills and reaching their highest potential.

The Management Institute involves five intensive weekend seminars on the Wellesley campus, on such topics as planning and fiscal management, managing in organizations, professional development and time management.

Participants include administrators, coordinators, directors, assistants to the president, comptrollers, registrars, chairs, assistant and associate deans and faculty who are department chairs or who have had extensive committee work and are moving into administration. Participants also include women in academic affairs administration or institutional planning who have responsibility for curriculum and faculty development.

The Management Institute is designed to prepare women for deanships and other senior administrative posts. Last year, women from almost 40 institutions around the country participated in the program.

To be considered, a female faculty or staff member who works at Emory must complete the PCSW’s HERS applications, available at the Center for Women, on the third floor of Cox Hall or online at www.pcsw.emory.edu/hers-announcement.htm.

The application process involves crafting a 700-word essay about a principal issue women face at Emory, or the foremost challenge the applicant has faced in her career as a woman at Emory.

If selected, the applicant also will serve on the PCSW Women in Leadership committee during the 2006–2007 academic years. Meetings are once a month, with some assignments in between.
For a description of the committee, go to http://www.pcsw.emory.edu/leadership.

Questions should be directed to Carolyn Bregman, at cbregman@law.emory.edu, or pcsw@emory.edu. The deadline for receipt of application materials is Aug. 25, 2006.