1999 HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education

The University will sponsor the nomination of two women to the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resources (HERS) Mid-Atlantic, If they are accepted into the program, the University will fund their participation in the program. Over the years, Penn has supported the enrollment of over 50 women faculty and administrators from schools and departments across the campus. As in the past, a review committee of several HERS alumnae and Penn faculty will select the two nominees.

To provide prospective applicants with more information and an opportunity to speak with HERS graduates, a HERS information meeting will be held Wednesday, February 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Faculty Club. Please join us!

Q. What is the purpose of the Summer Institute?

A. The Institute offers women faculty and administrators intensive training in education administration pertinent to the management and governance of colleges and universities. It is designed to improve the status of women in middle and executive levels of higher education administration, areas in which women traditionally have been under represented.

Q. What are the main curricular areas?

A. The curriculum focuses on four areas: academic environment, external environment, institution environment and professional development. Specific work includes strategic planning, budgeting and accounting, financing higher education, and leadership skills, to name only a few areas.

Q. Who makes up the faculty?

A. The faculty is comprised of women and men from government, foundations, professional associations, and the diverse sectors of North American higher education.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. Application for admission is open to women faculty and administrators whose background, experience and present responsibilities indicate a potential for professional advancement in higher education administration.

Q. When and where will the program be held?

A. The Institute, a residential experience in its 24th year, will be held from June 27 to July 23, 1999 on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. Although most women live on campus, it is possible to commute. Classes are held from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and from 8:a.m.- noon on Saturday. There are programs and group discussions scheduled for a number of the evenings.

Q. What is the application process?

A. Applicants must complete an application form and submit a letter of recommendation. For administrators, this letter should be from the department head or supervisor; for faculty, it should be from a faculty member who is knowledgeable of the candidate's administrative abilities. Submit the materials no later than Wednesday, February 24,to:

Diane-Louise (D-L) Wormley
Managing Director, Community Housing
748 Franklin Building/6293

Applications for those selected by the internal committee will be forwarded to HERS for final review in March.

For an application or more information, contact D-L Wormley by email (

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 18, January 26, 1999