Elizabeth Housholder Named Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement
Elizabeth Housholder joined the Widener University staff in November 2011 taking on the brand new role as assistant dean of civic engagement. Before taking on this role, Housholder was the program director for leadership development at Temple University, founding the university's Office of Leadership Development in 2009.
Though her career started in communications, interning for a press secretary on Capitol Hill and working as the associate editor of a regional magazine, Housholder's real passion is working with young adults and fostering their leadership development. She is excited for the opportunity this new position offers, as she has a great passion for civic engagement and leadership development and is eager to support and further the civic mission of the university.
At Widener, Housholder will work to build partnerships within the Widener and Chester communities, supporting existing and developing new civic engagement programs, overseeing the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders and Community Fellows, organizing the new leadership and civic engagement living learning community, and supporting service-learning classes.
"I want to build bridges," she said. "I am hopeful that by enhancing the curriculum and opportunities in the community we can identify authentic ways to build mutually beneficial relationships with faculty, staff, students and the Chester community."
Though she grew up in Indiana, Housholder now calls Philadelphia home. She remains an adjunct faculty member at Temple University, where she teaches leadership courses in the Department of Strategic Communication. Housholder earned her master's degree from Miami University in college student personnel and her bachelor's degree in sociology from Hanover College. A doctorate is next on her list of pursuits.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.