National Leadership Program Selects UTEP Associate Dean

Patricia Nava, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs and undergraduate studies in The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Engineering, has been selected as a fellow for the Class of 2013-14 of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) program. ELATE is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine.

“I am honored to be selected a fellow for this prestigious program,” Nava said. “I look forward to using the skills learned from ELATE to move the College of Engineering’s strategic plan forward.”

The second class of fellows begins the program in May and conclude their fellowship year in March 2014 with a symposium featuring their projects.

Nava joins 18 other experienced and diverse women faculty members in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The fellows come from a range of universities and colleges across the nation, many with global experience. Nearly half of the class has experience with leadership as center directors, department chairs and associate deans. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives by applying skills learned in the program.

“We are extremely excited to launch a new year of the ELATE program and very pleased with the response of university leaders who support the time and costs of this very intensive work of leadership,” said Diane Magrane, executive director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics and ELATE Fellowship Director. “Most importantly, the deans and provosts have committed to mentoring the fellows and opening doors at the highest levels of leadership in their organizations. This response bodes well for the future of academic STEM leadership.”

The program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, and leading and managing change initiatives within the fellows’ respective institutions. Fellows use strategic finance and resource management to enhance the missions of their organizations. Participants will work with leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development. The curriculum includes in-residence sessions and activities, online modules and discussion, and on-the-job application at each fellow’s home institution.

Nava’s fellowship year will conclude with the completion of an Institutional Action Project developed in collaboration with Dean Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D. The action project will address an institutional priority that will increase fellows’ understanding of the challenges institutions face and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges.

ELATE at Drexel is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.  For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit .