Tuesday, December 28, 2010

OU-C faculty member Jan Schmittauer selected to attend higher education conference

Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member Jan Schmittauer has been selected as one of two Ohio University delegates to attend the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute at the University of Denver during the summer of 2011. HERS is an educational non-profit organization with a focus on providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration.

During the two-week immersion session in Denver, Schmittauer will join approximately 40 other faculty members and administrators from across the nation for a program to help prepare them to become leaders in higher education.

“I am pleased that Jan has been selected for this program. She has a passion for education and the life-changing impact it can have in an individual’s life. I am confident she will make the most of this opportunity and will apply the insights she gains in her daily activities at OU-C in further strengthening the vibrant learning environment on campus,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said.

”I am honored to have the opportunity to meet and network with higher education leaders from across the United States and am eager to share what I learn,” Schmittauer said. “Each day participants will have a 10- to 12- hour schedule filled with hands-on activities, assignments and presentations on topics ranging from first-generation college students, legal issues, the challenge of the changing fiscal environment, conflict management and my favorite topic, technology.”

Schmittauer, associate professor of English, was selected by the office of Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit to participate in the HERS Institute.

Schmittauer, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1990, earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University, her master’s degree from Hollins College in Virginia and her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Ohio State.