Women's Leadership Faculty Fellows Program

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Georgia College's Women's Leadership Faculty Fellows Program was established in 2019 to provide a carefully selected group of current faculty with dedicated time to develop and hone leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education, specifically with a focus on issues women face in academic administration. Pictured above is the inaugural class along with Indiana University's first female president, Dr. Pam Whitten.

This year’s program will begin in Fall 2021 and will run through May 2022. Fellows will attend monthly meetings where they will learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers.

The Women’s Leadership Faculty Fellows Program is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs and facilitated by Dr. Holley Roberts, Interim Associate Provost and Director of The Graduate School and Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance. Dr. Liz Speelman serves as the Faculty Fellows Associate.

Questions about the program may be directed to Drs. Roberts or Jarriel at holley.roberts@gcsu.edu or mandy.jarriel@gcsu.edu.

Special Events/Speakers
  • Friday, November 19, 2021, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Session 1: Introductory Gathering and Lessons Learned as a Leader 
Host: President Cathy Cox

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021- 12:00pm-2:00 pm

Social Lunch Gathering
Lunch Discussion:
Crafting a Leadership Vision- Reading from Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education (Chapter 5)

  • Friday, January 28, 2022 – 12:00-2:00 pm

Session 2: Developing Your Professional Identity
Facilitator:  Dr. Chavonda Mills, Dean, School of Science and Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College:

Dr. Chavonda Mills joined Georgia Gwinnett College as Dean of the School of Science and Technology and Professor of Chemistry in July of 2021. In this role, she leads the college’s largest school that houses seven disciplines with 220 full-time and part-time faculty and serves nearly 3,500 majors. 

Before joining Georgia Gwinnett, she spent 15 years at Georgia College & State University where she consistently provided extensive and diverse leadership at all levels of the university. These included department-level leadership as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, college-level leadership as Interim Associate Dean, and university-level leadership in the University Senate as Presiding Officer, co-Chair of the University’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee, and co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Faculty Fellows Program. 

Mills holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College, B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from Florida A&M University. She holds a patent in the development of synthetic flavonoids as methods of treatment of HIV infection and other pathologies and has published in the areas of medicinal chemistry and science education. A champion for the enhancement of science curricula and diversifying the STEM pipeline, Mills has secured nearly $2 million in funding from multiple agencies to support research in these areas. Mills is a graduate of the 2016 HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education and the 2017 AAC&U Emerging Leaders Program. 

Reading from Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education (Chapter 1)

  • Friday, February 11, 2022 - 12:00pm-2:00 pm

Session 3: Crisis Management/Conflict Resolution
Facilitator: Qiana Wilson, Director and Title IX Coordinator, UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office

Ms. Qiana Wilson is in her second year as Director & Title IX Coordinator of UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office. Wilson worked at Georgia College for more than eight years and served as chief legal adviser to the President- Dr. Steve M. Dorman and other members of the executive administration. She also served as the legal representative on numerous committees at Georgia College, including the Title IX Committee, Clery Committee, Crisis Communication Team and Emergency Management Team. Wilson earned both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Law degree from the University of Arkansas. She previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University. 

Reading from Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education (Chapter 2)

  • Friday, March 25, 2022, 12:00pm -2:00 pm

Session 4: Finding Joy in Leadership
Facilitator: Dr. Daniel Czech, Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences, Georgia College

Dr. Daniel Czech received a BA in Psychology from Denison University, a MS in Behavioral Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University, and a PhD in Performance Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For the past 18 years, he was a professor and Honors Research Program Director at Georgia Southern University. He has published over 85 peer reviewed manuscripts, four books, seven book chapters and has given over 100 peer reviewed presentations around the world. He has also conducted numerous performance psychology clinics in many different countries around the world. His research interests include examining positive psychology interventions, investigating multigenerational health and exercise motivation and applying emotional intelligence in the workplace. 

Reading from Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education (Chapter 3)

  • Friday, April 15, 2022, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Session 5: Mentoring and Cultivating Leadership Potential in Others
Facilitator: Dr. Costas Spirou, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Georgia College

Dr. Costas Spirou serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Previously, he was Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of The Graduate School. In 2017, Spirou was named a Fellow by the American Council of Education (ACE), the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program and spent the 2017-2018 academic year at Georgia Institute of Technology (Office of the Provost). He has held academic appointments at numerous universities including as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Latino Studies of the University of Notre Dame (2009-2011) and a Research Fellow at the Center of Cultural Understanding and Change of the Field Museum in Chicago (2005-2010). He also holds a faculty position as a Professor of Sociology and Public Administration.  Past appointments include faculty positions at DePaul University, National Louis University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2022, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Program Conclusion: Women’s Leadership Faculty Fellows Networking Event

2021 Class of Georgia College Women's Leadership Faculty Fellowship Program

Dr. Linda Bradley, College of Education
Dr. Krystal Canady, College of Health Sciences
Angela Criscoe, College of Arts and Sciences and Interim Executive Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Dr. Kristina Dandy, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Sabrina Hom, College of Arts and Sciences and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Dr. Mary Magoulick, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Libby Murphy, College of Arts and Sciences

2020 Class of Georgia College Women's Leadership Faculty Fellows

Dr. Carrie Cook, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Liz Speelman, College of Health Sciences

Dr. Amy Sumpter, Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Flaherty, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Josie Doss, College of Health Sciences

Dr. Renee Fontenot, College of Business

2019 Inaugural Class of Georgia College Women's Leadership Faculty Fellows
  • Jolene Cole, Associate Professor of Library Science, Ina Dillard Russell Library
  • Dr. Nicole DeClouette, Associate Professor, College of Education
  • Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Associate Professor and Athletic Training Program Director, College of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Kasey Karen, Associate Professor and Biology Program Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Juan Ling, Professor of Management, College of Business
  • Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, Executive Director of the Sandra Dungan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy