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HERS Institute

What are the HERS Institutes?


“Since 1976, over 5,000 women in faculty, staff, and administrative roles in higher education have further developed their leadership ability by attending a HERS Institute.”

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Each year, Chancellor Donde Plowman and the Commission for Women sponsor an outstanding woman to attend a Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute. Women faculty members or administrators who have a proven record of professional growth and responsibility, and who have a keen interest in campus administration and the challenges of growing a university rich in international and intercultural diversity, are encouraged to review available Institutes and apply for the one that best suits individual circumstances.

HERS Institutes have earned sterling reputations for expanding horizons, providing exposure to new and exciting ideas, fostering enduring mentoring relationships, and preparing women for institutional leadership roles.  Recent UT participants include:  Dr. Rachel Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourist Management; Dr. J. Camille Hall, Associate Professor, College of Social Work; Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Professor, Department of Biochemical, Cellular, and Molecular Biology;  Dr. Joan Heminway, Professor, College of Law;  Dr. Maxine Thompson Davis, Dean of Students;  Dr. Sarah Gardial, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs;  Dr. Carolyn Hodges, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School;  Dr. Dixie Thompson, Professor and Department Head, Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, Dr.  Barbara Klinkhammer, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Architecture and Design;  and Dr. Nissa Dahlin-Brown, Associate Director, the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.