The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Associate Dean Attends HERS Summer Institute in Denver

The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Dean Melissa Jungers, Ph.D., recently attended one of the 2016 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institutes. HERS Summer Institutes provide an intensive 12-day curriculum that prepares women faculty and administrators for institutional leadership roles. Scholarships are supported by The Women's Place, the Office of the President and individual colleges and departments.

“I met many amazing people and learned great things to bring back to campus,” said Jungers. “We talked about the challenges and opportunities in higher education today. We learned important lessons about diversity, leadership styles and negotiation. I interacted with more than 60 women in higher education from colleges and universities around the United States.”

HERS is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Over the past 35 years, HERS has provided leadership and management programs for more than 4,000 women in higher education.

The Summer Institutes, a partnership between HERS and Bryn Mawr College and the University of Denver, is a premier, two-week residential professional development program. The intensive curriculum allows participants to gain skills and perspectives they can put to use immediately, while also building a national network for continuing exchange of information and expertise.

The curriculum covers:

  • Understanding the higher education environment
  • Planning and leading change in the academy
  • Managing and investing strategic resources
  • Engaging individual and institutional diversity
  • Mapping your leadership development

Each year, Ohio State sends several female faculty and staff to the HERS institutes, which attract a diverse group of female administrators and faculty from the U.S., Canada and Africa. Ohio State women are selected to attend the institute through a competitive application process. HERS institute participants are also supported by a generous endowment fund from Kathryn T. Schoen that was created to provide professional growth, leadership and career enhancement for female administrators or faculty considering careers in university administration.

Jungers was one of three women from Ohio State selected to attend one of the institutes this summer. She attended the institute at the University of Denver in Colorado last month.

“We each developed a leadership project to bring home. I received feedback on my project to build the new electrical engineering lab and add second-year engineering coursework at Newark,” said Jungers. “I'm thankful to the Women's Place at Ohio State and the Ohio State Newark campus for sponsoring this experience.”

Jungers received her Ph.D. in cognitive/experimental psychology from The Ohio State University in 2003 and joined the faculty at Ohio State Newark the same year. Her research interests include memory for complex auditory sequences, perception and production systems, and parallels in language and music.

Jungers received the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011 and the Mentoring of Undergraduate Research Award from the Newark campus in 2015. She completed the President and Provost’s Leadership Institute in 2014.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.