Professor Radwan recognized by state organization for important work during the pandemic

Prof. Theresa J. Pulley Radwan with her award.
Prof. Theresa J. Pulley Radwan with the She Stepped Up Award.

Theresa J. Pulley Radwan, transitional business administrator and professor of law, was one of six women in higher education in Florida to be recognized with the “She Stepped Up Award: Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership During COVID-19.”

The award, presented by the American Council on Education Women’s Network – Florida during its fourth annual conference on April 9, was a special honor this year to recognize women who played a pivotal role in leading their respective institutions during the challenges of the past 14 months. Lisa Jones, state chair for the ACE Women’s Network – Florida, said their Executive Board reviewed nominees and selected the winners whose leadership made a difference in the lives of students and/or employees on their campuses.

Radwan is the co-chair of the Safer Campus Task Force and therefore charged with advising university senior leadership on the operational elements needed to move Stetson University and Stetson University College of Law safely through the pandemic.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for leading the efforts, but the reality is that none of it would have worked without the efforts of the entire community to remain diligent in our mitigation efforts,” Radwan said. “Helping to lead the institution regarding pandemic protection measures reminds me of how connected we are as a community, and of how much everyone cares about Stetson.” 

Stetson Law's return to campus included a face covering policy and physical distancing.
Stetson Law’s return to campus included a face covering policy and distancing.

Dr. Lua Hancock, vice president for Campus Life and Student Success at Stetson University, nominated Radwan and her co-chair, Stetson Dean of Student Lynn Schoenberg, shining light on their professional and critical work moderating the weekly Safer Stetson Task Force meetings with high respect for all stakeholders.

“Terri provides input that is always focused on the health and wellness of the whole Stetson community while being open to all points of view,” Hancock said. “She provides feedback in a timely manner when asked about matters related to the College of Law and is a great resource for Stetson Health Service.”

Radwan insists the work done over the past year has been a true collaborative endeavor.

“The efforts weren’t always easy, and certainly not everyone agreed on the appropriate measures to take,” Radwan said. “But at the end of the day, everyone stepped up.  Whether it was our Facilities Department working hard as the school year began to modify our HVAC system to ensure appropriate airflow, or our Public Safety Department handling visitor protocols, or Student Life and Human Resources managing our testing events, or the entire campus population wearing face coverings and maintaining distancing – or any of the other countless measures that were taken by our community this year – everyone participated in order to maintain a safe learning environment.”

Sign directing people to stand 6 feet apart
Signs posted helped maintain safety.

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. The Florida chapter’s conference theme this year was The Hill We Climb: Leading with Hope. Lynn Schoenberg, dean of students at Stetson University, also received a She Stepped Up Award at the event.