Drs. Jo Anne Durovich, Amy Poland and Rachel Schwartz are set to lead a virtual faculty and staff development event for the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph (ACSSJ) on Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m., kicking off National Women’s History Month.
At the event, the three St. Joseph’s College faculty members will discuss their recently published article “‘Let Us Roll Up Our Sleeves’: Amplifying Female Academic Leadership Through Collaboration and Mentorship,” which honors the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, who paved the way for all the female leaders at St. Joseph’s College to since follow in their footsteps.
“We felt strongly that this story needs to be told,” said Durovich, Ph.D., LMSW, associate professor and chair of Human Services, and director of the Human Services Leadership and Social Work graduate programs.
Their article was published in September 2021 in the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership.
“I have always said there is a different feeling of ‘community’ here at SJC, and I think a lot of that comes from the leadership provided by the Sisters that continues today, especially among female leaders on campus,” said Poland, Ph.D., who serves as associate dean and director of Online Learning, and professor of Criminal Justice.
Not only has the College encouraged many women to reach their full potential and excel in their careers — graduating more than 43,000 individuals worldwide since its founding — it continues to employ more female leaders than most other colleges.
“Part of what drew me to the College is how the Sisters so deeply believe in the power of a liberal arts education — that learning can truly free us from the shackles of ignorance — and that all students should have the opportunity to have this experience,” said Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the human relations program.
Join the ACSSJ program March 3 to hear more and have a conversation with colleagues from other member institutions. Read more about the article and its authors here.