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Apply for Sponsorship to Attend the HERS Institutes

Chancellor Donde Plowman and the Commission for Women will sponsor up to two outstanding women to attend a Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute.

Female faculty members or administrators who have a proven record of professional growth and responsibility and a keen interest in campus administration and the challenges of growing a university are encouraged to review the three leadership institute programs to find one that best suits their circumstances. HERS offers both online and in-person options at various times during the year.  HERS Leadership Institutes provide exposure to new ideas, foster mentoring relationships, and prepare women for institutional leadership roles.

Applicants are asked to submit a current CV; a letter describing the applicant’s reasons for application; and a letter of support from her dean, director, department head, or supervisor to CFW co-chairs, Joan Heminway and Catherine Luther.  The deadline to submit applications will be in October.

Outstanding applicants will be recommended to Chancellor Plowman for her review and selection. Each candidate must then apply to her chosen institute and provide required documents by the institute’s deadline.

Past HERS Institutes participants from UT include:

  • Dixie Thompson, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
  • Mary Lucal, associate vice chancellor for human resources
  • Catherine Luther, professor and director, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
  • Veerle Keppens, professor and head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sherry Cummings, professor and associate dean, College of Social Work
  • Deborah Welsh, professor and head, Department of Psychology
  • Camille Hall, associate professor, College of Social Work
  • Joan Heminway, professor, College of Law
  • Stephanie TerMaath, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
  • Alison Buchan, professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, ombudsperson, Office of the Chancellor
  • Dr. Ozlem Kilic, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering
  • Dr. Javiette Samuel, Associate, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach