Corso named to second class of UGA Women’s Leadership Fellows

Phaedra Corso, UGA Foundation Professor in Human Health in the College of Public Health and associate director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, was selected as one of nine University of Georgia faculty members for to be a part of the second class of the university’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program.

The 2016-2017 cohort, which includes representatives from eight schools and colleges as well as the Division of Student Affairs, will attend monthly meetings where they will learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields. The program, which was created in 2015 as part of the university’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, also features a concluding weekend retreat in June for more in-depth learning.

“The members of this extraordinary class of Women’s Leadership Fellows come into this crucial program with an amazing set of talents and experiences,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “They will leave it ready to tackle even greater leadership roles at the University of Georgia and throughout academia.”

Corso is a two-time recipient of the College of Public Health’s Outstanding Teaching Award and a recipient of the UGA Creative Research Medal, among other honors. As director of the College’s Economic Evaluation Research Group, her research involves the economic evaluation of public health interventions, primarily in the areas of violence, substance use and childhood obesity prevention.

“This program continues to play an important role in the university’s efforts to expand leadership capacity across campus,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “We congratulate the members of this new class and look forward to the exciting professional development opportunities that lie ahead for them.”

The Women’s Leadership Fellows were chosen from nominations from deans and other senior administrators as well as from self-nominations. The program is administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and coordinated by Meg Amstutz, associate provost for academic programs.

The Women’s Leadership Fellows Program is a part of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which was launched in spring 2015 by Morehead and Whitten. In addition to creating new opportunities for leadership development, the initiative is addressing recruitment, retention and hiring as well as work-life balance. To learn more about the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program, see

Read the original news release at UGA Today.

Posted October 19, 2016.