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AACTE Women in Leadership TAG Seeks Input: What’s the Best Way to Support Members’ Professional Growth?

Left-Right: Patricia McHatton,Beth Kubitskey, Kim Winters, Anne TappThe Women in Leadership Topical Action Group seeks to strengthen colleges of education through leadership development; advance a professional network among members interested in leadership; encourage diverse members to pursue leadership positions; support women considering career or advancement opportunities in leadership; initiate, encourage, and disseminate studies of women in leadership; and provide professional development and mentoring to members interested in enhancing professional and personal success in concert with their positions.

History: The Women in the Deanship began as a Special Study Group. In 2007, the group researched and published a collection of case studies in It’s All About People: Case Studies in Higher Education Leadership (Lovell, S., Damico, S. and Hopkins, D. (editors), 2007).  In 2013, AACTE created The Women in the Deanship TAG was created. The group has a long history of supporting women leaders.

Transition: With the membership shifting to include women in a variety of leadership positions with a mission to support aspiring leaders, the TAG was renamed Women in Leadership in 2018.  What does the name change really mean?  What kinds of support do women need to become and be successful leaders today?  How can this TAG become both a resource and an advocate for women leaders?

Next steps: We are interested in finding out the needs of AACTE women leaders and aspiring leaders, and have designed a survey to collect this information.  The results of this survey are intended to provide information to guide our next steps in the transformation of Women in the Deanship to Women in Leadership. 

Please consider completing the survey. All submissions are anonymous and will be used to unpack the needs of both aspiring and acting women leaders. 

Join us for a stimulating session that will focus on gender bias in higher education, aligning with the AACTE 2020 Annual Meeting theme: Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change.

 Women in Leadership TAG – Developing Support Network

Date:  February 27 
Time:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
Meeting Room:  L 401 
Location: Lobby Level 
Please RSVP.

To join our TAG, please visit the AACTE website or contact one of us:

  • Beth Kubitskey, associate dean for students and curriculum, College of Education Eastern Michigan University
  • Patricia McHatton, executive vice president for academic affairs, student success, and P-16 integration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Anne Tapp, professor of teacher education, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Kim Winter, dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, Western Carolina University

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Patricia Alvarez McHatton

Dean of the College of Education and P-16 Integration at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley