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TAMU-CC Department Chair of Communication & Media Accepted into HERS 2016 Summer Institute

May 06, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been accepted into the HERS 2016 Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Program at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Penn.

Sanford was one of 35 participants from across the nation selected to attend the two-week residential program from July 11-23. While there, she will study Financial Environment in Higher Education, Managing and Leading Change, New Partnerships and New Pathways, Mapping Your Leadership Development, and Diversity and Inclusion.

“I feel very fortunate to have this possibility for professional growth,” said Sanford. “This will be a great opportunity to spend two weeks in intense study of what it means to be an administrator and leader in higher education today.”  

The HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Program is offered annually to women faculty and administrators to help prepare them to be leaders in higher education, improve the status of academic women and assist institutions in compliance with the requirements of Title IX.  HERS has prepared more than 2,500 women faculty and administrators for leadership roles in higher education.

Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fall 2013, Sanford was at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where she served as department chair for three years. Sanford has served as TAMU-CC Communication Department Chair for three years.

She is the immediate past chair of the Texas Association for Communication Administrators and is the 2nd Vice President for the Central States Communication Association.

Her honors include being named among Corpus Christi Under 40 award recipients, Amigos de la Isla and as an Outstanding Islander. Sanford’s participation in the HERS Summer Institute is sponsored by the TAMU-CC Division of Academic Affairs, where Sanford serves as an administrative fellow. She is the third HERS participant sponsored by the division since 2013.

Sanford’s research interests include gender, activism, leadership, and intercultural communication. She has given multiple lectures to university and community audiences. Recently, she published a manuscript on female leaders and the imposter phenomenon. Currently, Sanford is researching higher education communication experiences for students who identify as Hispanic. She is also writing a book about university student activism and the paradigmatic shifting that many students experience during their collegiate experiences.