Dr. Kathryn Svinarich, Associate Provost at Kettering University, has been selected to participate in the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in July 2016.
“It’s an honor to be selected to participate in the HERS institute this summer,” Svinarich said. “HERS is an outstanding community of professionals that continuously empowers women to achieve their professional goals in higher education.”
Svinarich will join 70 other women in middle- and upper-level academic positions around the world for a 12-day leadership development opportunity that will be centered on three leadership models: self-knowledge, networking and institutional awareness.
“In most universities, particularly those focused on STEM, women in the middle- and upper- levels of administration are an underrepresented minority,” Svinarich said. “I appreciate the support of Kettering’s administration for allowing me to attend this leadership Institute and their continued commitment to place capable women in leadership roles.”
Acceptance in the summer institute is a highly selective and competitive process. Between 1976 and 2014, nearly 5,000 women faculty and staff members – from 1,200 campuses in the United States and abroad – have participated in intensive residential leadership and management development at one of three HERS Institutes: HERS Wellesley Institute, HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, and HERS Denver Summer Institute. As an organization, HERS is focused on “advancing women leaders and advocating gender equity.”
“I look forward to networking with the brightest minds in academia and then bringing that knowledge and experience back to improve leadership development and institutional effectiveness at Kettering,” Svinarich said.
Svinarich has been at Kettering since 1992, serving in many roles, most recently as Department Head in the Department of Physics. She has also been involved with Presidential and Faculty Senate Task Forces, search committees, the University Curriculum Committee and as the Founding Chair for the University Committee on Assessment and Accreditation (UCAA). Svinarich was named Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Support in May 2016.
Svinarich received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Physics from Wayne State University.