Hunt completes HERS Institute

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Alice Hunt, assistant director for instructional development in the Center for Teaching and Learning, recently completed the 2019 HERS Institute at Wellesley College, Mass. HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization dedicated to women in higher education.

Hunt joined 63 competitively selected women leaders from across the United States and Canada to partake in the intensive, residential leadership development program at Wellesley College. The HERS Institute boasts more than 6,000 alumnae, including 16 from the University of Georgia.

Recent research has concluded that women hold less than 40 percent of tenured positions, only 36 percent of full professorships (TIAA Institute, 2016 (PDF)) and only 30 percent of president roles at the nation’s college and universities (American Council on Education’s (ACE), 2017). To combat this undeniable gender gap, the HERS Institute, a leadership development program, was created to proactively fill the higher education leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic women—and provide participants with the opportunity to develop their individual leadership strengths to boldly lead change on their campus and in their role, while also expanding their knowledge of the national higher education landscape to become even stronger assets to their institutions.

Research has also noted that women only apply for a position if they meet 100% of the qualifications, while men will apply even if they only meet 60% of the qualifications (Hewlett- Packard). Alumnae of the HERS Institute noted the program’s unique ability to create a non-competitive space reenergized them around what they could bring to their role, but also helped them develop the confidence needed to lead at their respected institutions.

“Because of the HERS Institute, I have grown so much, not just as an administrator or leader, but also as a person,” said Hunt. “My perspective as an institution leader has matured, and I now understand the different lenses and moving parts involved in decision and policy making in higher education. After this experience, I am strongly positioned to better support and advocate for strategic initiatives and institutional change on my campus.”

Hunt transitioned from faculty to administration during the HERS Instutitue. She has been serving in her current role in the Center for Teching and Learning since December 2018. Prior to joining the CTL, Hunt served UGA as research faculty at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies. Her recent achievements include developing and facilitating a successful pilot program in CHEM 1211: Freshman Chemistry I that shifted the middle grade range (Cs to Bs) by 20% as part of an I-CORP-L grant, and authoring a series of bi-lingual (Spanish-English) STEM comic books that embed the Next Generation Science Standards into stories about real scientists and research questions. Her participation in the HERS Institute was sponsored by the Office of Instruction.