2 Mohave Community College employees invited to speak at state conference | Kingman Miner Daily

MOHAVE COUNTY — Mohave Community College was represented at the annual Arizona Women in Higher Education Conference by trustees Bethany Siehr and Tonya Jackson.

According to an MCC press release, Siehr and Jackson presented on Friday, April 8, the transition of staff and faculty to administrative roles.

Siehr is responsible for employee learning and development at MCC and Jackson is the associate dean of instruction at the Kingman campus.

During their careers, they both moved from staff and faculty to administration.

“The process of transitioning from faculty to administration was daunting, anxiety-provoking and exciting, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach at our three southern campuses,” Jackson said. “I was able to build relationships with colleagues at all levels and that was a huge help in the transition.”

Jackson added the biggest factor in her success and someone she looks up to is Lucinda Leugers, acting dean of general education and transfer.

She is also grateful to be able to work with Jennifer Woolston and Stephanie Dieringer, Associate Deans of Instruction for the Bullhead City and Lake Havasu campuses.

Siehr asked colleagues in his field about their career goals and how they plan to achieve them.

“It became clear that many people, including myself, were not actively planning to leave their teaching duties,” she said. “When the opportunity or ‘call’ to serve the institution arises, the combination of limited formal management training and the scarcity of women in mentorship positions can make the move into administration isolated and overwhelming.”

The conference is a professional development experience and brings together higher education professionals from across the state of Arizona.

Siehr and Dr. Jackson are associated with AWHE and have decided to submit a proposal to present.

Jackson and Siehr said it was important for MCC to be represented at this conference because fewer than 25 percent of women hold leadership positions at colleges nationwide, and at MCC, leadership tells a different story.

“This paradigm is skewed towards more uniform treatment at MCC and we wanted to highlight that and help other women overcome the barriers we saw as we both transitioned from faculty to members of a administrative leadership team,” Siehr and Jackson said. .

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