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The Women's Place (TWP) is committed to expanding opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power at the university. We have created two leadership programs to promote long-term leadership development for staff and faculty. We also assist faculty and staff in attending external leadership programs.

Learn more about the programs by jumping directly to the corresponding section of this page:

TWP's President and Provost's Leadership Institute (PPLI)

TWP's Staff Leadership Series (SLS)

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

American Council on Education (ACE)

The President and Provost's Leadership Institute

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PPLI participants doing outdoor team exercise

The President and Provost's Leadership Institute (PPLI) focuses on long-term faculty leadership development. The primary goals of the institute are to create a pool of potential leaders from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in key leadership roles and to develop leaders who can create a culture that is supportive of all faculty members.

Successful academic leaders create a productive place for everyone to work. They must be able to motivate people to work well together; academic leaders rarely exercise their full authority, relying instead on the leadership skills of persuasion, coaching, and achieiving consensus. The institute focuses on the nature of effective leadership rather than on the tasks for which academic leaders are responsible. This 18-month program is designed to allow participants to engage in self-assessment and professional development. The leadership institute utilizes a variety of learning experiences, including:

  • A series of self-assessments with associated group workshops to help participants understand themselves better and to learn more about interacting with others unlike themselves.
  • A series of experiential workshops with special attention to conflict, negotiation and difficult conversations.
  • Small group, interactive lunches with university leaders.
  • Lunch presentations by university leaders.
  • Opportunities to apply for faculty associate positions with The Women’s Place and for further leadership training opportunities.

The Ohio State University created The Women's Place (TWP) "to make OSU a cutting edge institution which supports and develops women's opportunities for achievement." The Women's Place was "designed to be a mechanism to influence critical institutional policies that impact women and the environment for women."

As part of its mission to create a climate conducive to women's opportunities for achievement, The Women's Place, under the auspices of the Office of Academic Affairs, and in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources, in 2005 began offering a leadership training program—The President and Provost's Leadership Institute—that focuses on long-term faculty leadership development.

The institute participants will be tenure-track or clinical-track faculty members (associate or full professors) who do not currently hold significant leadership positions, but who may be in a position to do so within two to five years. Up to 24 faculty can participate in each version of the institute. Each college, regional campus, and the libraries will be guaranteed one participant. The deans and director of the libraries will choose who participates from their units.

The primary goal of the institute is to create a pool of potential leaders from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in key leadership roles, and in particular in the role of department chairs and school directors. For most units this will be women and underrepresented minorities. However, majority men are welcome to be participants.

List of Institute Graduates

Evaluation of Past PPLI programs

Faculty Associates Program 2014-15

The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series (SLS)

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Staff Leadership Series orientation with group of women outside clapping and smiling

The Staff Leadership Series (SLS) focuses on experiential leadership skill building and development for Ohio State staff. To help achieve The Women's Place (TWP) goal of expanding opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power at the university, the year-long SLS will expand leadership capacity, cultivate professional development, and create a pool of potential staff leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in key leadership roles.

Participants will meet regularly for workshops and group discussions, learning from guest facilitators and self-reflection. They will also have the opportunity for informal group gatherings with senior staff women at the university and peer mentoring.

The SLS brings the One University concept to life by diminishing internal boundaries, promoting sharing of information, and facilitating university-wide teamwork.

To learn who is part of the SLS community, download the list of graduates: SLS Participants 2005-2015

Evaluation of Past SLS programs

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. In the past thirty-five years, HERS has provided leadership and management programs for more than 4000 women in higher education.

Group of four women involved in a discussionThe Summer Institutes, a partnership between HERS and Bryn Mawr College and the University of Denver, are premier, two-week residential professional development programs. The intensive curriculum allows participants to gain skills and perspectives they can put to use immediately, while also building a national network for continuing exchange of information and expertise.

The curriculum covers:

  • Understanding the higher education environment
  • Planning and leading change in the academy
  • Managing and investing strategic resources
  • Engaging individual and institutional diversity
  • Mapping your leadership development

Each year, Ohio State sends several faculty and staff women to the HERS summer institutes, which attract a diverse group of women administrators and faculty from the U.S., Canada, and Africa. Ohio State women are selected to attend the institutes through a competitive application process and are supported by The Women’s Place, Office of the President, and their respective unit leaders. HERS institute participants are also supported by a generous endowment fund from Kathryn T. Schoen that was created to provide professional growth, leadership, and career enhancement for female administrators or faculty considering careers in university administration. Learn more about Kathryn Schoen in the Pathbreakers document.

Learn more about the summer institutes.

Financial Assistance

To be considered for financial assistance, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Faculty: have achieved associate or full professor rank
    • Staff: be currently serving in a leadership capacity (managing staff or equivalent)

Learn more about HERS

List of HERS participants

American Council on Education (ACE) Leadership Programs

ACE Leadership serves individuals and institutions eager to seize opportunity and embrace the challenge of serving and leading complex institutions. Through a distinctive suite of programs and services, ACE Leadership shares knowledge and insights with participants from all sectors, empowering higher education leaders, institutions, and stakeholders to anticipate critical leadership issues and imperatives.

ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum

This interactive program for senior-level women administrators planning to advance to presidency, vice presidency or dean fosters discussions with women presidents and executive search consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies.

The program focuses on:

  • Timely and relevant leadership topics
  • Honing critical leadership skills in areas such as fundraising, risk management, and crisis response
  • Media training
  • Practical training, including mock video-taped interviews and CV/resume critiques
  • Gaining a better understanding of the search process
  • Contract negotiation
  • Gaining a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of a presidency through exposure to outstanding women leaders who share their experiences

More information on the National Women’s Leadership Forum program.

ACE Regional Women's Leadership Forum

This leadership program is for mid-level women administrators (typically department chairs, directors, and assistant/associate deans) with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.

The interactive program provides women with the opportunity to:

  • Hone leadership skills in critical areas such as fundraising, risk management, crisis response, and strategic planning.
  • Receive practical training, including curriculum vitae/résumé critiques and mock interviews.
  • Reflect on career next steps.
  • Gain a better understanding of the search process for senior-level positions through candid conversations with search firm executives.
  • Gain a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions, including the college or university presidency, through exposure to outstanding women leaders who share their experiences and serve as role models.

More information on the Regional Women's Leadership Forum program.

Quick links to selected Leadership Programs resources:


SLS Application Requirements 2016-17


Faculty Associates Program 2014-15