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Intent of Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) Program

To address the need for more women in positions of academic leadership in engineering and to foster the professional growth of women within the academy, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) developed the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program. The overarching purpose of ALWE is to provide female academics in engineering tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire and maintain institutional leadership positions at a university. SWE also hopes this program provides women with skills that will help them grow personally as leaders.

Participants in the program will experience two-full days and many interactive sessions that will provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. To that end, the objectives of ALWE are as follows:

  • Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia.
  • Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
  • Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing institutional leadership positions.
  • Expand an existing network of women in academia.
  • Support a community of practice focused on similar goals and face with similar challenges.

Program Details

Attendee Expectations

For attendees to achieve the intended learning outcomes, the following are required:

  • To assist with planning and improving the overall program, you are required to complete the ALWE programming and Leverage pre and post surveys.
  • If you plan on participating in the peer mentoring groups, you must sign up PRIOR to the actual event. Play close attention to the information communicated to you by SWE for additional information.
  • Complete all pre and post ALWE work and assignments including the following.

Travel Funding

In the fall of 2015, SWE, along with six other minority professional engineering society partners, was awarded a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation called ASSIST (Grant No. 1548200) to increase the diversification of the engineering professorate. With the support of the ASSIST grant, SWE will be able to fund up to 40 engineering early faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students to attend ALWE held at WE18.

SWE will cover flight and hotel expenses and provide a daily per diem of $64 towards additional expenditures. If awarded a travel stipend, recipients must book their travel and hotel through SWE to ensure costs are kept to a minimum. If an ASSIST Travel Grant is awarded, recipients are responsible for attending the entire program for which the grant is intended. If you do not attend the entire program, you will be responsible for the travel costs incurred.

Travel Funding Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for the ASSIST travel grant, applicants must be a faculty member, post-doctoral scholar, or graduate student in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • NSF Bio – A biographical sketch that adheres to NSF guidelines.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be within one year of graduating with an engineering degree, in good academic standing, and enrolled as full or part time students.
  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Registration for ALWE at WE18 is now closed. Refer to the ALWE FAQ for common questions and answers about the program or email.

This project is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1548200 and through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.