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    Higher Education Resource Servies (HERS) Leadership Institute


    In prior years, RBHS has supported faculty attendance in the HERS Leadership Institute (HLI). RBHS will again support all costs for up to three candidates and provide a Chancellor’s letter of support for the application. The HLI is offering new program formats with different start dates to serve the full spectrum of learning needs within the community of women.  The rigorous curriculum, learning outcomes, pricing, and transformative quality of the experience is the same for all formats – only the mode of delivery is different.

    The formats eligible for Chancellor’s funds are:

    1. HLI Online – 12 Staggered All Day Synchronous Sessions from February – May 2022
    2. Intensive HLI – 9 Day Residential Program in July 12-22, 2022 (Philadelphia, PA)

    HLI plays a critical role in improving the low percentage of women in leadership roles in academia. HERS is dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education. The course provides a concentrated training program to assist women in mid to senior-level positions in academia to prepare them to assume senior leadership roles, and to enhance their leadership as decision-makers at all levels of the institution. The program website is

    Please see below for the deadlines for internal applications for RBHS Support, and the HERS HLI application deadlines.

    HLI Online

    12 Staggered Synchronous Sessions

    Intensive HLI

    9-Day Residential

    February – May 2022

    Virtual Classroom

    July 12-22, 2022

    Philadelphia, PA

    Internal Deadline

    Applications for RBHS Support Due:

    August 13, 2021

    Internal Deadline

    Applications for RBHS Support Due:

    August 13, 2021

    Internal Notification

    Awardees Selected for RBHS Support Notified by:

    September 10, 2021

    Internal Notification

    Awardees Selected for RBHS Support Notified by:

    September 10, 2021

    HERS HLI Deadline:

    October 15, 2021

    HERS HLI Final Deadline

    February 1, 2022


    Interested applicants are encouraged to discuss their plans with their school dean/unit director in advance of submission. Please encourage your qualified colleagues to apply. We will confirm the endorsement of the school dean/unit director and convene a committee to select the candidates for support.

    Criteria for selection will include being a mid-to-senior career faculty, a successful track record in academic pursuits, future career, and leadership goals, and evidence of leadership potential (e.g., through demonstration of service to the institution in leadership roles).

    Please note, in order to be considered for funding you must submit the following materials to no later than August 13, 2021:

    • A current CV
    • A one-paragraph essay describing your interest, qualifications, career aspirations, and an argument supporting your selection for the program.
    • In the body of the email, please indicate which model (HLI Online or HLI Intensive) you wish to attend

    Once selected for funding, candidates will submit their applications directly to the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute.

    If you have any questions about the process, please contact


    HERS Overview and Online Application


    Previous Winners

    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences has sponsored up to three outstanding candidates since 2015 to attend the HER Institute at Bryn Mawr College. The candidates were selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants by a committee of Professors Emeriti recruited from schools within RBHS. The following were the winning candidates we supported:



    Diane P. Calello, MD, FACMT, FAAP, FAACT, New Jersey Medical School

    Emily Barrett, PhD, School of Public Health

    Payal Parikh, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Vaishali Singhal, DMD, PhD, MS, School of Health Professions



    Ann Murphy, PhD, CPRP, School of Health Professions

    Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, EdD, RD, School of Health Professions

    Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health



    Archana Pradhan, MD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Sharon Anderson, DNP, MS, School of Nursing

    Teri Lassiter, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health



    Evelyn Hermes–DeSantis, PharmD, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

    Marian Passanante, PhD, School of Public Health



    Carol Lutz, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Emine Abali, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Sharon Manne, PhD Rutgers Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



    Barbara Gladson, PhD, Rutgers School of Health Professions

    Shawna Hudson, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Monica Roth, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School