Dr. Cheryl Parks Graduates from the 2012 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute

Associate Dean Cheryl Parks recently graduated from the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held June 17 – July 1, 2012 at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Cheryl Parks, Associate Dean of Research

Since 1978, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.

The 67 participants selected for this year’s Institute represented 63 institutions across the U.S. Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Institute had a special focus this year on “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.” Topics studied included “Understanding the Environment for Higher Education,” “Planning & Leading Change in the Academy,” “Managing & Investing Strategic Resources,” “Engaging Individual & Institutional Diversity,” and “Mapping Your Leadership Development.”

Dr. Parks began her career at UConn School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 1999. After receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2003, she was promoted to Professor and appointed Associate Dean for Research in 2009. Before joining the UConn faculty, she spent two years as an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Florida State University. Dr. Parks’ current research includes Co-Principal Investigator, Teen Fathers: A Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation, (J. Fifield, Co-PI), Village for Families and Children, funded by DHHS/Office of Adolescent Health/Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Co-Principal Investigator, Differential Response System (DRS) Performance Improvement Center, (B. Kurz, Co-PI) funded by CT DCF; and Principal Investigator, Building Relationships and Bridging Social Capital: An Inclusive Approach to Immigrant Civic Engagement within Libraries Program Evaluation Services, Hartford Public Library, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dr. Parks’ participation in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute was sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education and the UConn School of Social Work.