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Leadership for HERS

LGBT+ Conference

A second MTSU professor has completed one of the most intensive leadership development programs in the country. Social Work Professor Barbara Turnage, interim associate dean in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, joined 68 women from across the U.S. and Canada July 10-22 in finishing the 2017 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. “I better understand my leadership capacities and how to more effectively use my personal, educational, and professional backgrounds, communication skills, and leadership style to support the overall success of my . . . university,” Turnage said. Session topics covered at the institute include reframing organizational cultures, fundraising and philanthropy, communications and negotiation, and managing and leading change.

Creating greater interaction and understanding among a diverse range of people was the mission of the 2018 LGBT+ College Conference at MTSU. “All Identities—Bridging the Divide” was the theme of the April 5–7 gathering. Beverly Watts, executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, delivered the keynote address. Watts, a Nashville native, has more than 30 years of experience in civil rights enforcement and education in the public and private sectors. Her career honors include the City of Louisville’s Martin Luther King Award and induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, both in 2005. The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences houses the conference in partnership with the MT Lambda student organization.

Solid to the COHRE An MTSU program that prepares graduates to make workplaces better has received top kudos from a professional group and a private-sector website. The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology ranked MTSU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s program tops in the nation in the spring 2018 issue of The IndustrialOrganizational Psychologist. “The rankings are based upon objective data covering several dimensions of program quality,” said Patrick McCarthy, the graduate program’s director and an MTSU Psychology professor. The significance is heightened by the fact that I/O Psychology is currently the fastest-growing occupation in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Therefore, MTSU has the nation’s No. 1 master’s Patrick McCarthy program in the nation’s fastest-growing profession. In addition, the website ranked MTSU No. 6 on its list of the best universities in the country for an organizational psychology degree. The I/O program is affiliated with MTSU’s on-campus Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE), which serves as an independent consulting unit that offers valuable experience to MTSU’s I/O Psychology students and service to clients including Goodwill Industries, Nissan, and Cracker Barrel. This achievement was the culmination of an extensive, strategically driven process. While the roots of MTSU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program go back to 1968, the faculty set a strategic goal in 1995 to become the top applied I/O Psychology master’s program in the country. A highly dedicated group of I/O faculty turned that vision into action. The program’s strong reputation attracts a deep pool of talented applicants every year from across the country and internationally. International students have come to MTSU from Turkey, Australia, Venezuela, England, Sweden, Japan, India, Poland, Germany, Malaysia, and Oman, just to name a few.

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