Associate provost chosen for leadership potential as member of prestigious ELATE inaugural classMay 4, 2012
DETROIT (May 5, 2012) - Monica Brockmeyer, Wayne State University associate provost and associate professor of computer science, has been selected for the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at DrexelTM) at Drexel University College of Medicine.
ELATE is a one-year, part-time program that addresses the need to increase leadership capacity and leadership diversity in engineering, computer science and related fields within academia. According to an ELATE-issued release, this need is well established - "although women receive 21.5 percent of engineering Ph.D.s awarded in the United States, they account for only 5 percent of full professor positions and only 11 percent (41 of 379) go on to become engineering department heads (data from NSF and ASEE)."
"Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban, public research university, committed to promoting diversity among our faculty leaders," said WSU Provost Ronald Brown. "Dr. Brockmeyer's selection to this respected program is a remarkable accomplishment for her and for Wayne State University. I appreciate her efforts and look forward to learning how this program might help more women to advance in leadership roles in academic institutions."
The inaugural class includes 12 senior women faculty members from some of the nation's leading universities in technology and engineering. According to the release, the class will "embark on a curriculum that will increase personal and professional leadership effectiveness, develop knowledge of organizational dynamics of their colleges and universities, improve strategic management of finances and resources, and lay the foundation for a community of exceptional women who will bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve."
As associate provost at WSU, Brockmeyer is liaison between the colleges and the provost's office to support retention and student success initiatives in the colleges, departments and programs. She joined WSU's Department of Computer Science as a faculty member in 1999.
Brockmeyer's research areas include distributed systems and networking and computer science education. She is principal investigator (PI) of the National Science Foundation-funded Broadening Participation in Computing grant "STRONG Computing Pipeline," an integrated program that connects K-12 outreach activities, pre-college bridge programs, and undergraduate computing degree programs in Detroit to increase the participation and success of under-represented students, particularly African Americans and women, in computer science. She also is co-PI on the National Institutes of Health-funded project "Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life through Health Related STEM Disciplines," which extends the successful Go-GIRL program to reduce health disparities by increasing the number of local high school girls who enter college prepared to study health-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Brockmeyer earned a doctorate in computer science and engineering, a master's in computer science and engineering, and a bachelor's in mathematics and statistics from the University of Michigan.
Visit http://www.drexel.edu/engineering/programs/special_opp/ELATE/ for more information about ELATE at DrexelTM.
ELATE at DrexelTM is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics in the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit www.drexel.edu/engineering/ELATE.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. For more information about engineering at Wayne State University, visit engineering.wayne.edu.
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