UAPB Social Work Department Chair Completes Harvard Management Development Program
Mary Hester-Clifton | Communications UAPB
Pine Bluff, AR – UAPB’s Department of Social Work prepares students to apply problem-solving techniques and intervention strategies when working with diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in rural and urban. To further this goal, Dr. Tamara Pace-Glover ’09, social work, was recently accepted and participated in Harvard University’s Management Development Program (MDP) for higher education managers. Harvard University’s MDP philosophy centers on participants learning to recognize new ways of seeing their departments, institutions, and the higher education community.
The MDP is a five-day program offered on the campus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The goal of the program states that “higher education leaders can acquire the insights and knowledge needed to think more strategically, balance competing demands, and engage in more forward-thinking leadership practices.” Workshop modules included:
- Leadership in Higher Education: The Power and Potential of Reframing,
- A framework to advance anti-racism strategy on campus,
- Build membership, recognition, recruitment and retention strategies,
- Using visual planning tools for effective strategy development,
- Difficult decision on campus: economic reasoning can help,
- Negotiation skills, entering and exiting leadership transitions, and
- The authentic you.
Dr Pace-Glover agrees: “As the new department chair, I am fortunate to have Provost Robert Carr believe in my untapped leadership abilities and send me to this leadership training program. . The connections and relationships established with other administrators around the world at Harvard were also instrumental. The overall experience provided intensive training that was productive, educational and challenging. And I can continue to network with a diverse and dynamic cohort through post-participant webinars. »
Dr. Pace-Glover enrolled and was accepted into Harvard University’s MDP through an online application process. The experience allowed her to share, learn, grow, and come away with a wealth of vital information, techniques, and strategies that benefit the UAPB Social Work Department. Additionally, her in-person participation allowed her to learn, network and deepen her working relationships during the workshop through regular panel discussions. As she progresses in her new role, her goal is to use this experience and others to remain an asset to UAPB’s Department of Social Work, School of Arts and Sciences, the university and the community of Pine Bluff.
Within the School of Arts and Sciences, under the direction of Dean Andrea Stewart, the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Dr. Pace-Glover, in addition to her MDP experience, brings a wealth of knowledge as recently hired Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. Work, with more than 12 years of direct practice in the field of social work. As a background, Dr. Tamara Pace-Glover is a proud native of Pine Bluff, AR. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 2009, a Masters of Social Work from Arkansas State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the Jackson State University. She was a professor of social work at Arkansas State University for over six years and is a Certified, Licensed Social Worker in Arkansas. Dr. Pace-Glover has devoted much of his time and services as a mental health therapist for various mental health agencies in Arkansas and Mississippi. Additionally, she was the 79th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2008-2009.