From July 10-22, 2017, three Villanova faculty members—Amanda Grannas, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Chemistry; Brighid Dwyer, PhD, Director, Program on Intergroup Relations and Assistant Professor of Communication, Education and Counseling; and Andrea Welker, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering—attended and completed the 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College, a two-week residential program for women leaders in higher education.
For more than 40 years, the HERS Institute has prepared women faculty, staff and administrators for leadership roles in higher education. Participants gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead change on their campus and positively affect higher education. The 68 participants selected for this year’s cohort represented institutions from across the United States and in all levels of the Carnegie Classifications.
“Spending two weeks with accomplished and talented women was reinvigorating,” said Dr. Dwyer. “The “wonder women” of HERS Bryn Mawr 2017 are committed to being extraordinary campus leaders and role models for other women in higher education. I am honored to have spent two weeks learning from each of them. I look forward to empowering women at Villanova and encouraging them to share their gifts with our community.”
During the Institute, Dr. Grannas and Dr. Welker also participated in the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership to provide support and encouragement to women in STEM, and to develop strategies for advancing a diverse cadre of women into STEM leadership roles.
“It was a privilege to be selected to participate in the HERS Institute—and to be surrounded by so many accomplished, passionate, and engaged leaders from various aspects of academia,” said Dr. Grannas. “The information and knowledge I acquired has been invaluable and I will take it with me as I look forward to new challenges and successes in my role as AVPR here at Villanova. I greatly appreciate Villanova’s dedication to supporting women in leadership.”
“The HERS Institute was a very intensive program that helped us explore many different aspects of leadership in higher education,” said Dr. Welker. “For example, we spent quite a bit of time understanding our own personality and leadership styles and how to recognize and appreciate the personality and leadership styles of others so that we can all achieve the ultimate goal of providing what is best for our students.”
Institute sessions included: Inclusive Excellence and Identity; Managing and Leading Change: Your Role in Re-inventing Higher Education; Reframing Organizational Cultures; Fundraising, Philanthropy and Leadership; and Communications and Negotiation.