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Along with all of the new faculty and staff who joined Pingry this fall, more than a dozen members of the community have moved into new positions or taken on additional roles.

Dr. Thu-Nga Morris's Work Published in 'Independent School' Magazine

Congratulations to Lower School Director Dr. Thu-Nga Morris, whose work is featured in the fall issue of Independent School, the award-winning magazine published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The article, "Sponsorship: Diversifying the Pipeline of Emerging Leaders," highlights key findings from the research she conducted—under the mentorship of Dr. Howard Stevenson—for her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. 

Examining the gender and racial disparities in independent school leadership is a subject she is passionate about, and she says she hopes something good emerges from her research. 

The article takes a specific look at the ways in which career sponsorship can serve as an effective strategy to propel women and people of color to headship positions. 

"I've had the good fortune of benefiting from relationships with independent school leaders who took an interest in my personal and professional growth early in my career," she says. "My interest in the topic of career sponsorship can be attributed to the generosity of my sponsors, all of whom have given me opportunities to lead and learn. I hope to pay it forward by empowering the next generation of leaders!"

Access Dr. Morris's full dissertation

Access a presentation that Dr. Morris gave on the same topic at the 2019 Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools Conference. 

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