Merle Graybill plans to spend the next several months talking with campus members about ways to support women faculty in their pursuit of success and leadership opportunities.
Graybill, the university’s new assistant director for faculty leadership programs at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, arrived on campus this summer. She directs the new Women’s Faculty Leadership Development Initiative, funded by the Provost’s Action Agenda for the university’s strategic plan.
Building on the foundation started with the National Science Foundation-ADVANCE grant (Academic Careers in Engineering and Science –ACES), Graybill plans to focus on the needs of women faculty in schools and campus-wide.
“I plan to explore options with each school to see what their faculty and leadership would deem helpful,” said Graybill, a Cleveland native who previously worked at Ohio University in several leadership capacities.
Graybill plans to lead faculty development workshops every semester, as well as networking events and dialogue opportunities tailored to address specific needs, whether discipline-based, centered on leadership aspirations or other areas designed to support the advancement of women faculty members.
“Critical indicators of our success will not only be the number of women we help to launch, but also whether we will grab a national spotlight for this innovative cross-disciplinary effort, and thus do our part in recruiting the best scholars to our university,” Graybill said.
“We are thrilled that a seasoned professional such as Merle will be launching this new endeavor for the university through the Center for Women,” said Dorothy Miller, the center’s director. “We hope that women faculty will reach out to express their needs and take advantage of the opportunities offered.”
At Ohio University, Graybill held various positions and worked in the areas of faculty development institutes, research teams and learning assessment.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Union Institute and University, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Ohio University. She is a professional coach and consultant trained in Gestalt theory, Emotional Intelligence and Appreciative Inquiry, as well as strategic change models, conflict resolution, human resources and organizational development.
Graybill’s office is located in Bellflower Hall 101. She can be reached by phone at 368.8860 or by email at email@example.com.
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