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2015 HERS Institute scholarship recipients selected

Heather Brod, Tamara Davis, Valerie Kinloch, Rachael Kleit, Jamie Mathews-Mead, Susan Melsop, Valarie Williams and Rochelle Woods have been selected to attend the 2015 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institutes. The HERS Summer Institutes provide an intensive 12-day curriculum that prepares women faculty and administrators for institutional leadership roles. Each year, several Ohio State faculty and staff women are selected to attend and receive scholarships for the institute.

Scholarships are supported by The Women's Place, Office of the President, individual colleges and departments, and the Kathryn T. Schoen endowment fund. Congratulations to the 2015 HERS cohort. Learn more about this group below.

Portrait of Heather Brod

Heather Brod is the executive director of Faculty Affairs and FAME (Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement) in the College of Medicine. She aligns faculty with organizational goals by strategically, programmatically and operationally directing career development activities for 1800 full-time and 1400 volunteer faculty. Heather joined the College of Medicine in 2009. Prior to that, she was in private art collection management.

Brod serves on the Association of American Medical College's Group on Faculty Affairs Membership and Nominating subcommittee. She also sits on the Ohio Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. Heather published "The Mentorship Gap in Academic Medical Centers: A Needs Assessment for Structured Mentorship Programs" and "A Review of Trends in Attrition Rates for Surgical Faculty: A Case for a Sustainable Retention Strategy to Cope with Demographic and Economic Reality" in The American Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Surgery, respectively.

Brod holds an MA, The Ohio State University, and a BA, University of Minnesota, in art history.

Portrait of Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis is an associate professor in the College of Social Work. Her current research is focused in areas of integrated care for underserved populations; mental health disparities and service inequities among diverse populations; culture and diversity in social work education and practice; and caregiver involvement in child and youth mental health.

Davis' work is published in a wide range of well-respected journals, such as, Research on Social Work Practice; Children and Youth Services Review; and Social Work. She has led or co-led studies supported by over $1.4 million dollars in external funding over her research career. Her research approaches are participatory and community-based consisting of mixed methods appropriate for engaging with diverse populations

Davis holds a BS and MSSW from the University of Louisville and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

Portrait of Valerie Kinloch

Valerie Kinloch is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Kinloch's research examines the language, literacies, and community engagements of adolescence and adults inside and outside schools. She is the author of articles and books on race, place, language, and literacy. Kinloch's book, Harlem Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth (2010), was awarded the 2011 Exemplary Research Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division K as well as the 2011 Honorary Mention for Outstanding Contribution to Research from AERA's Division B. In 2012, Harlem on Our Minds received the prestigious Outstanding Book of the Year Award from AERA. In addition to these recognitions, Kinloch was also the recipient of the 2010 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Award.

Kinloch holds a BA from Johnson C. Smith University and an MA and PhD from Wayne State University. She has received grants from the Spencer Foundation, National Council of Teachers of English, and Corporation for National and Community Service, and she was a part of a Fulbright-Hayes research grant to Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Portrait of Rachael Kleit

Rachael Kleit is the section head and a professor of City and Regional Planning in The Knowlton School of Architecture. Her research interests include housing mobility and location choice, affordable housing policy, housing as a poverty alleviation strategy, equity impacts of economic development, and urban and regional disparity.

Kleit is the recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications, and the 1999 Best Student Paper Award in Housing and Community Development from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She is also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship to support research on the New Holly HOPE VI site in Seattle.

Kleit received a BA from Brandeis University, an MA in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Portrait of Jamie Mathews-Mead

Jamie Mathews-Mead is the senior director of the Office of Career Management in the Fisher College of Business. Jamie directs graduate career management team initiatives as they relate to planning, programming and career coaching for Fisher College of Business graduate students. She also manages and leads a team of six professional career consultants who provide career coaching for all graduate-level business students.

Within the university, she has held leadership roles with the University Staff Advisory Committee, the Association of Staff and Faculty Women, the University Career Services Committee and the President and Provost's Council on Women.

At the local and national level, she has also been actively involved with organizations such as the Ohio College Personnel Association, the American College Personnel Association, and the MBA Career Services Council.

Mathews-Mead is a Certified Career Coach, has an MA from The Ohio State University and a BS from Central Michigan University.

Portrait of Susan Melsop

Susan Melsop is an associate professor in the Department of Design. Melsop's work mediates between the scale of building, installations, furniture and sculpture. Her research interests include design pedagogy and reflective practices, sustainable building practices and environmental aesthetics. She is the creator of a service-learning course that brings together urban youth with Ohio State students to co-design and build small scale structures, furniture pieces, and landscape elements.

Melsop received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship as part of the 2012 Ohio State Service Awards program. She also received the Arts and Humanities Outreach Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor in Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Portrait of Valarie Williams

Valarie Williams is an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of dance, and executive director of The Arts Initiative. Williams works to develop external partnerships through the Town and Gown Advisory Committee on the Arts and manages the 10,000 square foot Urban Arts Space in the historic Lazarus building, and the on-campus Hopkins Hall Gallery. She oversees the institution-to-institution partnership between The Ohio State University and the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is in its final year of activities.

Williams has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and Greater Columbus Arts Council. She was a fellow in the Big 10's OSU-CIC Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program and Rising Star Fellow at the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, New York; International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation; and OperaColumbus.

Williams received her BFA from The Juilliard School, her MFA and PhD from Texas Woman's University, and is a certified professional notator and teacher. She studied at the Paris Opera Summer Study in Evian les Bains, France; toured with Lincoln Center Institute Touring Programs for four years serving as dance captain; and performed with The Dallas Opera and Sharir Dance in Austin, Texas. She has set works on national dance companies in South America, Asia, and the United States.

Portrait of Rochelle Woods

Rochelle Woods is the director of the young scholars program in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She leads a staff of 15 professionals, oversees a large and complex budget, develops strategic plans and implements program priorities and initiatives.

Woods has researched and published on US and South African higher education, focusing on issues of retention, racial climate and educational attainment of underrepresented minorities. She has been a member of organizations such as the University of Michigan's Presidential Commission on Women's Issues and Voices of the Staff Network, Leadership Development Team, and the Women of Color Collaborative Committee, MI-ACE Women's Network.

Woods holds a PhD and MA in sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh.