Delbrugge Selected for Emerging Leaders Program

Posted on 6/19/2017 3:52:51 PM

Laura Delbrugge, professor of Spanish and chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages, has been selected for the American Association of State Colleges and University’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Delbrugge was nominated for the program by IUP President Michael Driscoll.

The Emerging Leaders Program Association is limited to 27 persons who have “shown leadership potential and desire advancement to mid-level administrative positions.”

Delbrugge completed the initial four-day seminar in June, which included the chance to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education. The program also included hands-on practical exercises, a leadership self-assessment, and the development of a plan designed to achieve individual leadership goals.

Each of the participants are charged with identifying a project, initiative, or assignment to expand the participant’s knowledge of the university and facilitate growth as a leader.

Delbrugge’s Emerging Leaders project focuses on her home department of Foreign Languages, as it addresses the challenges of declining enrollment faced by many humanities and social science departments nationwide. “I’m very interested in how enrollment challenges can be addressed through strategic planning and collaborative problem-solving, in particular in disciplines like foreign languages where changing demographics and workforce needs can present opportunities for growth.”

Delbrugge was selected to serve as provost ’s associate in June 2013, and served as faculty cochair of the university’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104, 267-284-5000) in 2016, an initiative that began in 2013. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

In making the reaffirmation announcement, the Middle States evaluators commended IUP on the quality of the IUP self-study process. Delbrugge also has served as dean’s associate for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2008 to 2011.

Delbrugge is the author of three editions of medieval Spanish texts by the converso Andrés de Li, including the Reportorio de los tiempos, published by Tamesis Press in 1999, and A Critical Edition of Andrés de Li’s Summa de paciencia (1505) produced by Mellen Press in 2003. Her third book, A Scholarly Edition of Andrés de Li’s Thesoro de la passion (1494), was published by Brill in 2011. Delbrugge’s book chapter, “Pragmatism, Patience, and the Passion: The Converso Element in the Summa de paciencia (1493) and the Thesoro de la passion (1494),” appeared in Conversos of Medieval Iberia (Leiden: Brill Publishers, Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World Series) in 2012. Her most recent publication was an edited volume, Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, published by Brill in 2015.

In March 2017, she was an invited guest speaker at the Magdalen Iberian Medieval Studies Seminar at Magdalen College, Oxford University. She also was an invited speaker at the Instituto Cultura y Sociedad, part of the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.