May 23, 2005
University of Maine at Fort Kent Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Rachel E. Albert, graduated last month from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
HERS New England provides an unusual in-service model of administrative training - The Management Institute for Women in Higher Education. In the program, three general instructional areas are woven through five sequential seminar weekends, in order to take full advantage of homework and to encourage immediate application of newly acquired skills in the interval between sessions.
Instructional areas include: fiscal management, managing in organizations, and professional development. HERS policy of accepting faculty women who are department chairs or who have had extensive committee work and are moving into administration distinguishes it from most other administrative programs. HERS participants include women in academic affairs administration or institutional planning who have responsibility for curriculum and faculty development. The Institute helps prepare women for deanships and other senior administrative posts. Last year, women from nearly 40 institutions participated in the program.
The New England branch of HERS, is an independent organization established in 1972 at Brown University, and which as been housed at Wellesley College in the Center for Research on Women since 1976.
HERS originally was a referral and placement service for faculty and administrative positions, serving both academic women and institutions of higher education during a period when few other useful links existed. Although no longer active in its original form, the project served to establish a national network of academic women.