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Apply for Sponsorship to Attend the HERS Institutes


The application cycle for 2024 HERS Institute sponsorship has closed. Please check back in late Fall 2024 for application details. 

Congratulations to Dr. Marcy Jan Souza for her sponsorship to HERS by the Division of Access and Engagement and the Commission for Women.

The HERS Leadership Institute is a transformational leadership development program for higher education professionals. The HERS Leadership Institute is designed for faculty and staff who generally hold mid-to-senior level positions in higher education and have a desire to emerge as more dynamic leaders for themselves and their institutions. The HERS Leadership Institute is an inclusive program, with a focus on women and people who are gender diverse. All HERS programs and services are open to all regardless of gender identity.

For questions, please contact Sarah Browning, Coordinator of the Commissions and Council, at sbrowni2@utk.edu .


Past HERS Institutes participants from UT include:

  • Dixie Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Mary Lucal, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Catherine Luther, Professor for School of Journalism & Media, Director of the Information Integrity Institute
  • Veerle Keppens, Chancellor’s Professor, Department Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sherry Cummings, Professor, College of Social Work
  • Deborah Welsh, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Camille Hall, Associate Dean, Department of Equity and Inclusion
  • Joan Heminway, Distinguished Professor of Law, College of Law
  • Stephanie TerMaath, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
  • Alison Buchan, Professor & Associate Head, Microbiology
  • Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Professor & Ombudsperson, Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
  • Ozlem Kilic, Dean & Professor, College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies
  • Javiette Samuel, Associate Vice Chancellor for Access and Engagement, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, and Affiliated Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies
  • Rachel Rui, Director, Office of Asia Engagement & Office of Communications