Professor nominated, selected by top psychology association for leadership institute

Posted June 26, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, associate professor of psychology, has been selected as one of 30 leading female psychologists to participate in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA).

"The Institute is a wonderful year-long opportunity that allows me to be mentored in leadership skills by some of the most prominent female psychologists in the country," Shewmaker says. "Being nominated and selected is a huge honor, and I'm humbled to have been chosen."

Shewmaker was nominated for the program by Dr. Charles Mattis, dean of ACU's College of Arts and Sciences. Mattis nominated Shewmaker for her standout instruction in the Department of Psychology over the past 10 years. The APA then selected the top 30 nominees. 

The aim of the Leadership Institute is to prepare, support and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional, organizational and practice settings and increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. The institute provides mid-career and senior level female psychologists with leadership training, mentorship opportunities and networking contacts. The program includes two interactive case-based workshops
(scheduled for August 2012 and March 2013) and bi-monthly webinars on leadership topics.

Two tracks are offered at the institute: one for participants coming from the private practice or medical field and one for participants from the academic field. Shewmaker is participating in the academic track.

Shewmaker looks forward to the skills she will gain in the coming year. "The Leadership Institute will allow me to continue to develop my leadership skills in order to serve ACU the best way I can," she says.

Learn more about the American Psychological Association and the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.