Dr. Heather Metcalf

Director of Research and Analysis for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Dr. Metcalf is Director of Research and Analysis for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) where she leads empirical work on gender and the STEM workforce. Her research contributes to the AWIS vision of positive system transformation in STEM. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science, master’s degrees in computer science and gender studies, and a doctorate in higher education science and technology policy. She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to conduct applied research on diversity and equity issues in STEM fields from an intersectionality perspective. Dr. Metcalf holds a patent on unconscious bias training materials for search committees. Throughout her career, her work has influenced change in academic, industry, and public policy spaces and has trained researchers and practitioners on building equity into their daily thought and work. Dr. Metcalf has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as bias; educational and workplace cultures; harassment and discrimination; innovation and entrepreneurship; pathways; workforce development; organizational and systemic change; recruitment and retention; equity across fields, sectors, and ranks; mentoring; sense of t; self-efficacy; federal funding; institutional and federal policy; structural and cultural

barriers; and work-life integration. Among other media outlets and speaking engagements, she has appeared on: Public Radio International and The Atlantic to discuss sexism in science; National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education to provide expertise on harassment in STEM; Forbes to share research on inclusion in STEM entrepreneurship; and Scientific American to offer insights on the policy implications of the GAO’s investigations of gender bias in federal research funding.


My Sessions

Resources for Women Owned and Minority Businesses

Coronado Room

Diversity is critical for economic success. This session will focus on specific resources to encourage participation of women and minorities in small businesses.