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Pathways to Leadership: Women Leaders and their Stories

November 5th, 5:00 p.m.

A panel featuring Dr. Noel Schulz, Provost Mitzi Montoya, 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, VCEA: 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. Mitzi Montoya, WSU Provost and Executive Vice President: Prior to joining WSU this year, Provost Montoya has held multiple leadership positions at Arizona State University, North Carolina State University, and Oregon State University. Her leadership roles have spanned college-, campus-, regional-, and institutional-level responsibilities.

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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