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Dr. Clare Allen, program coordinator for Academic Studies at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, recently graduated from the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held June 19-July 3 at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. The Summer Institute, a 36-year partnership between Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is the premier residential professional development program dedicated to advancing women leaders in higher education administration.
“I chose to attend the Summer Institute because I realized I needed to assume a greater leadership role to achieve what I want for the College of Veterinary Medicine, its students, and the profession,” Dr. Allen said.
Dr. Allen, along with two other Ohio State faculty members, Katherine Kelley, Assistant Dean of Assessment, Ohio State College of Pharmacy, and Kay Wolf, Director/Associate Professor in Medical Dietetics, Ohio State School of Applied Health, were among the 64 participants selected for this year’s Summer Institute.
Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Summer Institute had a special focus this year on “Women Leaders Today: Accepting the Challenge of Re-inventing Higher Education.” Over 33 senior officers from colleges and universities, national organizations, and accrediting associations – many HERS alumnae or board members – served as faculty.
“My role at the College of Veterinary Medicine is to support and lead professional veterinary curriculum development and assessment,” said Dr. Allen. “In particular, I have developed and implemented the new, more flexible clinical curriculum, am developing a new clinical skills and reasoning thread for the semester curriculum, and oversee clinical competency outcomes assessment.”
Dr. Allen has been at the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. She was previously an equine practitioner in ambulatory practice in Upstate New York, and a Clinical Instructor at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her role in curriculum development in the college, she is also working on her PhD at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology, in Educational Policy and Leadership. Her research focuses on the career choices of veterinary students in the context of the feminization of the profession.
“This Summer Institute provided me with the tools I need to build with as well as skills and insight into my own leadership style that will enhance my curriculum development and assessment,” said Dr. Allen.
Dr. Allen’s participation in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institution was sponsored by The Women’s Place at Ohio State.
From left to right: Dr. Kay Wolf, Director/Associate Professor in Medical Dietetics, Ohio State University School of Allied Health; Dr. Katherine Kelley, Assistant Dean of Assessment, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy; Dr. Clare Allen, Program Coordinator for Academic Studies, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Judith White, President & Executive Director of HERS
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.