Dr. Went earned her Ph.D. in Education & Human Resource studies from Colorado State University with a specialization in higher education leadership, and a concentration in ethnographic research. Her doctoral dissertation, Opportunities for Learning LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes: A Classroom Ethnography of a Shakespeare through Performance Course, explored the socio-cultural nature of teaching and learning in a Shakespearean theatre course, finding opportunities for learning the AAC&U’s Liberal Education & America’s Promise Value Rubrics. Dr. Went has many years of experience working in positions of innovation and program development in the field of higher education,. At Providence College she created comprehensive, innovative co-curricular leadership development programs for the college and enhanced pre-existing programs.
At Johnson & Wales University, Dr. Went was hired to create and implement an orientation program for new students and their parents. Due to the program’s success, it expanded to encompass JWU’s North Miami, Charlotte and Denver campuses, and she was charged with overseeing the functional leads of orientation on those campuses. She provides direction for the HECCMA Certificate in College Teaching program, where she also serves on the faculty. Passionate about collaboration, Dr. Went serves on the national board of directors for the Association of Collaborative Leadership. In addition to her doctorate, she holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Location: Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA)
11 Norwich Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Description: The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA) is an association of public and private accredited colleges and universities in central Massachusetts. HECCMA is committed to working collaboratively to further the missions of member institutions. HECCMA’s key roles are that of: Connecter of the institutions and their constituent parts desiring to come together around common issues/concerns/goals; Voice on behalf of the institutions, making the case for policies that are in the best interests of higher education in Central Mass. and the institutions that provide it; Convener of the member institutions and other, external stakeholders to engage/address topics of mutual interest or concern; Catalyst on behalf of the institutions, trying to effect positive change in the region that is beneficial to the higher education sector and supports HECCMA’s strategic goals; Partner with other organizations/institutions that have not only common interests but also sufficient resources to do the work/take the initiatives required to advance certain strategic goals that are important to HECCMA’s members but beyond the scope or capacity of HECCMA itself to undertake.