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de Denus Graduates from HERS

Associate Provost  and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine de Denus recently graduated from the 2014 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held July 6 –  19 at Bryn Mawr College located in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Since 1978, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.

The 73 participants selected for this year’s HERS Bryn Mawr cohort represented institutions across the U.S.  Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Institute had a special focus this year on “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.” Topics studied included “Understanding the Environment for Higher Education,” “Planning & Leading Change in the Academy,” “Managing and Investing Strategic Resources,” “Engaging Individual & Institutional Diversity,” and “Mapping Your Leadership Development.”

While at the Institute, de Denus co-chaired the class gift committee with Robyn Piggott, executive assistant to the president and secretary of Franklin and Marshall College. The class gift will be used to provide scholarships for other women to attend HERS in future years.

“I volunteered to co-chair the committee because I was inspired by the goal, and because I wanted to challenge myself to take on a new opportunity that would foster my fundraising skills,” says de Denus. “The women on our committee were all inspired by the opportunity to raise scholarships for others and developed a slogan for our campaign “Bring her to HERS.”  We raised the largest class gift in HERS history, with 100% of the women at the Institute contributing.”

In her role as associate provost, de Denus has primary duties which focus on curricular development and assessment, strategic planning, academic facilities and equipment planning, institutional grant preparation and oversight, budget management, accreditation, professional development opportunities for faculty, oversight of the summer research program, diversity, hiring, and the faculty review process. 

de Denus was also the co-chair of the recent successful Middle States re-accreditation process for the Colleges. Prior to becoming associate provost, de Denus spent two years as the associate dean of faculty. As an associate professor of chemistry, de Denus chaired her department, served as the chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs, and also served on the steering committee for HWS 2015. She has taught general, organic, forensic, analytical, and inorganic chemistry as well as two first-year seminar courses in the general curriculum (Chemistry and Crime; The Olympics: People, Places, Politics and Passion). As a scholar, she has published 31 articles and secured external funding for her research on molecule wire candidates.

Prior to joining HWS in 1999, de Denus spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University conducting research in polymer chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from The University of Manitoba and her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Winnipeg.

de Denus’ participation in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute was sponsored by Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata and President Mark D. Gearan. 

The photo above features Associate Provost  and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine de Denus with Raymonda Burgman, director of HERS Institutes.