Mount Union Professors Attend Harvard Conference

March 26, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Two University of Mount Union education professors were selected to participate in a unique opportunity at Harvard University.

Assistant professors of education in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) program Dr. Mandy Capel and Dr. Jennifer Martin were accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Women in Educational Leadership Institute, a program aimed at bringing together a diverse group to identify leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today.

To participate in the program, applicants were required to apply with an essay and additional publication materials. After Capel and Martin were informed of their acceptance, they applied for and were awarded a Mount Union Austin Montgomery Grant to aid their attendance at the institute.

During the three-day institute, Capel and Martin learned how to develop effective strategies for managing constituencies, gained new strategies for building and leading senior leadership teams and created a network of women leaders across the nation and world who are affecting change in education.

Capel and Martin joined superintendents and principals from all over the world at the conference, including representatives of United Arab Emirates, University of Calgary and Congo. The institute was led by professors of education in Harvard’s graduate school as well as Harvard professors from other disciplines.

“During the conference, we gained a heightened sense of the challenges that educational leaders face in the world, as well as the opportunities that exist to overcome those challenges,” Capel said.

Capel noted that information gained at the institute will ultimately help students in Mount Union’s MAEL program.

"This experience was very relevant to the educational moral leadership course that MAEL students are in right now,” Capel said. “Educational leaders face decisions every day that the literature does not always touch upon, but this institute provided real life case studies that I was able to bring back and use with my students to help them see the ethical dilemmas that they could face as leaders.”

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