Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Getting Started

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Penny J. Gilmer, Kathryn M. Borman
      Pages 3-32
    3. Penny J. Gilmer, Vanessa Martinez
      Pages 49-76
  3. Collecting Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Vanessa Martinez, Michelle Hughes Miller, Will Tyson
      Pages 79-96
  4. Implementing Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Eva C. Fernandez, Dragana Popović, Penny J. Gilmer
      Pages 121-145
    3. Sylvia W. Thomas
      Pages 147-164
    4. Penny J. Gilmer, Garnett S. Stokes, Karen A. Holbrook
      Pages 165-190
  5. Wrapping it Up

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Chrystal A. S. Smith, Sylvia W. Thomas
      Pages 193-204
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-215

About this book


This unique book provides important guidelines and examples of ways STEM (e.g., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty and administration can collaborate towards goals of recruiting, mentoring, and promoting leadership to academic women faculty. Based on the experiences of faculty across five Florida universities, including one national laboratory, each chapter highlights one aspect of a multi-institutional collaboration on an NSF ADVANCE-PAID grant dedicated to achieving these three goals. Highlighting the importance of coordination, integration, and flexibility, each chapter details strategies and challenges of establishing a multi-site collaboration, assessing climate in STEM departments, addressing differential institutional readiness and infrastructure, and implementing change. The authors suggest ways to build on intrainstitutional strengths through interinstitutional activities, including shared workshops, research, and materials. Separate chapters focus on recruiting women into STEM departments, mentoring women faculty, and providing leadership opportunities to women. A theoretical chapter includes Cultural historical activity theory as a lens for examining the alliances’ activities and evaluation data. Other chapters present research on women STEM faculty, contributing insights about STEM women’s sense of isolation. Chapters include a reflective metalogue written by a social scientist. The book closes with lessons learned from this collaboration.


STEM cultural historical activity theory leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Penny J. Gilmer
    • 1
  • Berrin Tansel
    • 2
  • Michelle Hughes Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Florida State UniversityUnited States
  2. 2.Florida International UniversityUnited States
  3. 3.University of South FloridaUnited States

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