Two Georgia College faculty members were chosen to attend the higher education leadership (HERS) institutes. Professor of Chemistry Dr. Chavonda Mills received the inaugural HERS - Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to STEM scholarship and teaching.
Supported by the provost of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang, professor of psychology and chair of the Institutional Research Board, was nominated by the College of Arts and Sciences and evaluated by a university committee, which selected her to represent Georgia College at the HERS Institute. Chiang’s information was sent to HERS and upon a rigorous review, she was chosen to attend the institute for her leadership attributes.
Mills will attend the two-week summer institute in Denver, Colorado, that is designed to enrich the leadership community of STEM higher education.
Chiang will attend the two-week Bryn Mawr Summer Institute located just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will provide the knowledge, skills and perspectives needed for advancing leaders.
To achieve her scholarship, Mills obtained letters of support from the provost, dean and scholar. She also submitted STEM leadership development planning and STEM leadership project initiative statement.
The HERS-CBL summer institute provides a unique opportunity to reshape the culture of higher education STEM fields to include women, empowering them in academic STEM disciplines to advance in leadership positions.
“As a participant, I will directly benefit from the intensive leadership and management development curriculum, with courses ranging from institutional awareness to networking to self-knowledge,” said Mills. “Following the institute, I will apply the knowledge and information received to my current and future leadership roles.”
The HERS Institute has a strong record of success in developing and cultivating women leaders in higher education.
"I expect to learn from many women leaders to expand my leadership skills to serve Georgia College in various capacities,” said Chiang. “Serving as the chair of Georgia College Institutional Research Board and having served as chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity, I would like to learn more skills to become an effective leader to benefit all the units I serve, including leading an active lab in psychology and championing as a Councilor of the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).”