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Webcast: October 16, 2012

Leadership Programs for Women in Higher Education



Postsecondary institutions are struggling more than ever before to find qualified, effective leaders to move into key administrative positions. One reason for the continued lack of prepared leaders is that there still remain few women in higher education positioned to take on such critical roles. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss findings presented in a recently published Issue of Advances, which examined this topic. Issue authors will discuss the current state of leadership development programs for women in higher educational contexts and also offer suggestions for future leadership development programs, strategies, and research. It will provide listeners with frameworks to be used for developing, evaluating, and researching leadership programs for women in higher education.


About the Presenters:


Susan R. Madsen, Ed.D
Susan R. Madsen, Ed.D, is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also an independent leadership and change consultant. She has been heavily involved this past decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders in the U.S., Middle East, and China and has published 2 books and many articles on her results. Susan has published nearly 60 articles in scholarly journals and presents often in local, national, and international settings. She has received a host of awards for her teaching, research, and service and has found her "calling” in doing work that can change lives. She was the guest editor of two ADHR Issues earlier this year on women and leadership in higher education.



Dee Anne (Denise) Bonebright
Dee Anne (Denise) Bonebright is the Director of Systemwide Training for the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. Prior to this position, she was an organizational effectiveness consultant and training manager for the University of Minnesota. She has been involved in leadership development for both organizations and spent almost 15 years as director of the University’s women’s leadership institute. This past year she helped design and implement an executive leader development program sponsored jointly by both organizations. Bonebright is currently completing her dissertation research toward a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development.


Sarah Leberman, PhD
Sarah is the Professor of Leadership and Acting Head of School, School of Management, Massey University in New Zealand. Her current research interests are in the areas of women and leadership in sport and academia, as well as the transfer of learning, and in particular the processes and factors which facilitate this. Her most recent research publications have focused on women in academia, mothers in sport leadership roles, and as elite athletes. Sarah was an inaugural member of the New Zealand Women in Leadership programme and is currently the Deputy Chair. She is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Women in Sport Group and the Manager of the Women’s Junior Black Sticks and Black Sticks teams. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2008, which she tenured at the Tucker Centre for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, at the University of Minnesota.


Karen Longman (Azuza Pacific University)
Karen A. Longman serves as program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her doctorate from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Michigan. Longman and her colleague Laurie A. Schreiner co-edit the journal Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice. Longman’s previous professional roles have included six years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Greenville College (IL) and nineteen years in Washington, D.C., on the senior leadership team of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Her research and publications focus on gender issues, leadership, and faith-based higher education.


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