School of Health and Rehabilitation Science dean Laura Plummer recently completed the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program that’s geared toward promoting senior women faculty into higher education leadership positions. After applying and being accepted into the program, organized by Drexel University, Plummer underwent a year of online learning, mentorship with learning communities and senior advisors, three 5 day onsite learning immersions at Drexel University, and development and execution of an Institutional Action Project. 

Last week, Plummer was at Drexel University in Philadelphia to graduate and officially become an ELATES Fellow. 

“It was an honor to be accepted into this program of talented and diverse women from across the country,“ said Plummer, who became dean last year. “It was really well-designed. It helped me identify my areas of strength and growth while providing me with an amazing network of women leaders across the nation who are senior faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I am grateful for the support from the IHP to attend this program.”

“I hope to leverage the skills that I've learned and apply them in my current role - to help the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences continue to achieve its vision and mission. I plan to stay connected with this amazing network of women and mentors that I was so fortunate to learn with and from during this program.”


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School of Health and Rehabilitation Science dean Laura Plummer with nominator to the program Provost Reamer Bushardt at ELATES graduation at Drexel University in Philadelphia.