April 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Mattley Selected for HERS Leadership Institute

From Compass

Dr. Christine Mattley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, is one of three Ohio University women selected to attend the prestigious Higher Education Resource Services leadership institute.

Dr. Christine Mattley

Dr. Christine Mattley

Mattley will attend the leadership institute in Denver.

Just 24.53 percent of women hold leadership positions in higher education, according to the Colorado Women’s College 2013 Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States report. In an effort to help advance women to senior leadership positions throughout the ranks of faculty and staff in higher education, HERS has provided a curriculum of leadership development for nearly 40 years.

Mattley began serving as department chair on July 1, 2013, and is in her second year as chair of Graduate Council. She specializes in social psychology and has expertise in self and identities, gender performance, sociology of the body and embodiment, sociology of emotion, and sex work. Her work has been published in numerous journals and books, and she has received several teaching awards. Most recently, she received the Eric A. Wagner Endowed Teaching Professorship.

Mattley said attending the HERS Institute was an opportunity for professional development and the next natural step in her commitment to the educational mission at the University. Since becoming department chair, Mattley said she recognizes she has a wonderful opportunity to mentor women and encourage them to take on leadership and administrative positions within the discipline and University.

“I was one of the first women hired by my department, and at the time there were not many women administrators at Ohio University, but those who were here did a great job of encouraging me,” she said. “I now feel that I am in a position to do the same and I look forward to mentoring young faculty members, especially women. I am thrilled to have been selected to represent Ohio University at HERS this summer. Women who have attended HERS talk about their experiences as transformational and I look forward to learning everything I can to become a stronger leader at Ohio University.”

Mattley’s attendance at HERS is being sponsored by the Institute Tuition Scholarship from Ohio University’s Women in Philanthropy.

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