Pathways to Leadership: Women Leaders and their Stories

November 5th, 5:00 p.m.

A panel featuring Dr. Noel Schulz, Dr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Dr. Courtney Meehan, Dr. Monica Johnson, and Dr. Zoe Higheagle Strong. These university leaders will share their stories on how they got to be where they are today, and what were some of the skills that they developed along the way that enabled their success.

Dr. Noel Schulz, WSU First Lady, Professor and Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture: Dr, Schulz is dedicated to recruiting and retaining women in the field of engineering and mentoring female engineering faculty. She has initiated faculty networks for women at 3 universities, and continues her strong advocacy of women at WSU.

Dr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development: Dr. Neuilly conducts comparative research on violence and violent death, and issues surrounding measurement and data collection processes as they pertain to medico-legal practices of classifying death. She has served as Chair of the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Chair of the WSU Task Force on Paid Parental Leave, and as an At-Large representative for the WSU Faculty Senate.

Dr. Courtney Meehan, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. Meehan is a biocultural anthropologist whose research is informed through life history theory and behavioral ecology. She has co-direct interdisciplinary and international research studies in Ethiopia, Kenya, The Gambia, Ghana, Sweden, Spain, Peru, and the United States.

Dr. Monica Johnson, Chair, Department of Sociology: Dr. Johnson’s research interests are in the areas of work, family, and education across the life course, with particular focus on well-being and achievement in adolescence and the transition to adulthood. In 2018, she was elected by her peers as a Fellow the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Zoe Higheagle Strong, Executive Director of Tribal Relations and Special Assistant to the Provost, Director of the Center for Native American Research and Collaboration: Dr. Higheagle Strong conducts research on social, cognitive, socioeconomic and cultural factors that influence youths’ identity, safety and learning in academic environments. Her goals are to identify positive strategies to support students from diverse and low socioeconomic backgrounds and advance culturally sustaining/revitalizing educational research specific to Native American tribes/villages and peoples.

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