UF math education professor completes national women’s leadership institute

Posted December 10, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Thomasenia Adams, a University of Florida professor in mathematics education, has graduated from a prominent national leadership institute for women professors and administrators.

Adams attended the Higher Education Resource Services Institute for Women in Higher Education at the University of Denver, with 54 other participants representing 45 institutions nationwide. The institute focused on “Women’s Leadership in Times of Crisis: Leveraging Our Responses for Institutional Renewal.”

The HERS program involved 13 days of training over three sessions in August, September and October.

Along with her faculty teaching position in UF’s College of Education, Adams plays a key role in the UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s Florida Master Teacher Initiative and in math and science education programs with partnering public schools. She recently received a National Science Foundation grant of more than $400,000 to study how schools subtly discourage African-American girls from pursuing careers in science, math and other technical fields, and she is a co-author of a state and national mathematics series.

Her participation was sponsored by UF’s Office of the Provost and supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Education and the School of Teaching & Learning. Over the past five years, 26 women faculty and administrators from UF have been sponsored to participate in the HERS programs.

“There are many highlights from the HERS institute, but two in particular hold meaning for me: First, in the midst of all of the esteemed women in leadership who spoke to the participants was a four-star general in the Navy. She solidified the message that women focus is essential for success,” Adams said. “Second, the institute provided me with set-aside time to map out my career path before colleagues who could give me objective, on-the-spot feedback. This was invaluable.”


SOURCE: Thomasenia Adams, professor in mathematics education, UF College of Education,tla@coe.ufl.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Larry Lansford, News & Communications UF College of Education,llansford@coe.ufl.edu