Dr. Elizabeth Riley is a seasoned academic leader with over twenty years of higher education experience at every degree level, in both public and private institutions. Dr. Riley received her BA in Psychology from Chapman University and her MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, where she conducted research on the impact of psychological interventions on the physical and emotional health of cancer patients. After serving as faculty for several years, she held a number of leadership positions for Capella University, including Dean of Psychology, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Vice President for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Riley also served as Vice President of Instruction at Stanbridge University, where she functioned as the Provost. Currently, Dr. Riley is Dean of Health Occupations at Cerritos College.
Leadership is an integral part of career development for individuals across professions and disciplines. Critical areas of leadership often include communication, relationship building and conflict management, team building, change management, and problem-solving. In higher education, leadership is often viewed as a critical factor in the institution’s future. With the immense pressure facing higher education leaders today from internal and external stakeholders, being an effective leader is challenging yet doable. Currently, multiple resources exist online to further develop leadership skills, including CITI Program’s Becoming an Effective Leader course.
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