Seton Hall University

SHe WILL - Seton Hall Elevating Women in Learning and Leadership

Mentoring the Next Generation of Women

It is well-recognized that women face unique challenges as they advance in academia and struggle to obtain high quality mentoring opportunities. High-quality mentoring programs focus on the technical aspects of academia and often do not consider the psycho-social dimensions of the mentoring relationship. Such relationships are more likely to emerge naturally with a mentor who understands the struggles that you are facing. For this reason, women often seek other women as part of their mentoring team. Seton Hall Elevating Women in Learning and Leadership (SHE WILL) is a new mentoring program and faculty learning community for faculty who identify as female to learn and share how we navigate academia. Through an inclusive and safe space, the programming aims to enhance leadership skills in women faculty. We will use a mutual mentoring model where participants are active leaders in the program, engaging in topics such as

  • Key elements of transformational leadership
  • Developing collaborations and successful team-building
  • Goal setting and prioritizing for individuals and teams
  • Strategies for managing anxiety, stressors, and difficult conversations

The immediate and long-term objectives of this program are increased job satisfaction, faculty retention, and advancement of female faculty in leadership roles. This program is sponsored by the SHU Center for Faculty Development and offered for the first time in Spring 2022. Meetings will occur monthly beginning in February (~4-5 times) for 75 minutes per meeting. Lunch will be provided if in person or a small stipend if remote.

Further details, including meeting modality, will be based on majority participants’ needs, collected via the survey linked below. Space is limited. If interested, please complete the following form.

The SHe WILL Coordinators:
Caryn Grabowski, Amy Hunter, Sona Patel, and Ruth Tsuria