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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 faculty candidates.  There will also be an opportunity for a staff member to be supported by the Chancellor’s office.  The supported faculty and staff will be provided with a Chancellor’s letter of support for the application.

    The format eligible for Chancellor’s funds is the Intensive HLI – 9 Day Residential Program in June 4-13, 2024 (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.

    Internal Deadline 

    Applications for RBHS Support Due: 

    December 4, 2023

    Internal Notification 

    Awardees Selected for RBHS Support Notified by: 

    January 16, 2024

    HERS HLI Final Deadline 

    February 23, 2024


    Please encourage your qualified colleagues to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to discuss their plans with their school dean/unit director in advance of submission. 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, a successful track record in academic/professional pursuits, future career and leadership goals, and evidence of leadership potential (e.g., through demonstration of service to the institution in leadership roles). Note, staff applicants shall have participated in at least one development program offered at Rutgers University including, but not limited to, the RBHS Staff Mentoring Program, Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), OneRED High Impact Leadership Program, etc.  If you have questions regarding whether a program is applicable, please contact the email address below.  

    Please note, in order to be considered for funding, you must submit the following materials to no later than December 4, 2023:

    • A current CV
    • A one-paragraph essay describing your interest, qualifications, career aspirations, how your HERS experience will enhance your contributions to RBHS and an argument supporting your selection for the program.

    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 HERS Institute. The candidates were selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants by a committee of faculty recruited from schools within RBHS. The following were the winning candidates we supported:


    Bianca Thompson-Owen, MA, School of Health Professions

    Evelyne Kalyoussef, MD, FACS, New Jersey Medical School

    Wendy Purcell, PhD, FRSA, School of Public Health



    Jaya Satagopan, PhD, School of Public Health

    Michelle Dalla Piazza, MD, New Jersey Medical School

    Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, New Jersey Medical School



    Laura Liang, DrPH, CHES, CPH, School of Public Health

    Sophia Chen, DO, MPH, ACUE, New Jersey Medical School

    Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS, New Jersey Medical School



    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