Women Leading Change in Academia

Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper (First Edition)
Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi, Editors
©2020, 380 pages

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    In Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper, a groundbreaking collection, Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi convene the perspectives of diverse women academic leaders who discuss their rise to key leadership positions and effective change-making in higher education, despite underlying structural barriers and bias that disadvantage women.

    Contributors underscore the revolutionary power and innovation that women leaders bring to bear to improve upon business as usual in the academy—even in the “glass cliff” scenario when their risk of failure should be highest. Women across leadership positions—presidents, provosts, deans, and department chairs—discuss leading strategic planning, culture change, and navigating the “double bind,” along with strategies for successful negotiation, networking, mentoring, and work-life balance. Contributors also underscore strategies for leading powerful innovation and change in the academy early in their careers when they do not hold formal leadership roles and experience marginalization due to their identity.

    Opening chapters examine institutional power structures, intersectionality, bias, along with enacting change-making leadership in spite of these barriers. Additional chapters offer insight on the power of mentorship, strategic networking for women in the academy, negotiation strategies, professional development and work-life. The collection addresses moving on, up or out of formal leadership in the academy, how to create institutional change, and strategies for rising, revolutionizing, and redoubling efforts to support women leaders.

    Women Leading Change in Academia is intended for women, allies, and institutions committed to equitable conditions for women leaders to be maximally impactful. The text is co-sponsored by Division 35 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychology of Women, an organizational base for all feminists, of all genders and of all national origins, who are interested in teaching, research, or practice in the psychology of womxn.

    Contributors include:

    • Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., MPH, Director of the Children and Youth Institute and Co-administrator of the Women’s Leadership Institute—Michigan State University
    • Heather M. Bush, Ph.D., Kate Spade & Co. Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Biostatistics—University of Kentucky
    • Tabbye Chavous, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology, Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity—University of Michigan
    • Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development-Lyman Briggs College—Michigan State University
    • Ann L. Coker, Ph.D., MPH, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology—University of Kentucky
    • Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., President and CEO-McLaren Oakland Region—McLaren Health Care of Michigan
    • Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., President of the HERS Institute
    • Yolanda Flores Niemann, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychology—University of North Texas
    • Catherine “Katie” Kaukinen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice—University of Central Florida
    • Laura Kohn-Wood, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education and Human Development—University of Miami
    • Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, Professor of Africana Studies—Wellesley College
    • Patricia McGuire, J.D., President—Trinity Washington University
    • Debra A. Moddelmog, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Professor of English—University of Nevada, Reno
    • Beronda L. Montgomery, Ph.D., MSU Foundation Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development - Research—Michigan State University
    • Donde Plowman, Ph.D., Chancellor—University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Public Affairs—University of Colorado Denver
    • Terri A. Scandura, Ph.D., Warren C. Johnson Professor of Management, Miami Business School—University of Miami
    • Mariko Silver, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer—Henry Luce Foundation; Immediate Past President, Bennington College
    • Elizabeth H. Simmons, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Physics, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs—University of California, San Diego
    • Dionne Stephens, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology—Florida International University
    • Jill Tiefenthaler, Ph.D., President—Colorado College
    • Vasti Torres, Ph.D., Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education—University of Michigan
    • Nelia Viveiros, MSc, LLB, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations—University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

    Callie Rennison, Ph.D. is a professor and has served as associate dean of faculty affairs in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. She has also served as the director of the Office of Equity and as a Title IX coordinator for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campuses.
    Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., M.P.H. is director of the Children and Youth Institute at Michigan State University. She co-administers MSU’s Women’s Leadership Institute and was chair of the Human Development and Family Studies department from 2013-2019.
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    "Too many women in academia are harmed by their assumption that the effects of bias they have felt are personal, not institutional, in nature. This book sheds light on the systematic ways that universities disadvantage women leaders. More important, it offers concrete advice on how to thrive in spite of bias and how to support other women’s rise into leadership roles. If we could have had this book thirty years ago, we would have made a more profound impact on higher education administration by now. The authors are to be thanked for showing a way forward."
    Robyn Warhol, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor and Chair of English, Project Narrative Core Faculty, The Ohio State University

    “There is a growing and deeply necessary collection of books on diverse women in leadership positions. Each one highlights oppressive workplace norms and practices, underresourced and undervalued roles and responsibilities, and isolation/tokenism. But this book goes a step further by centering the individual voices of women leaders, including their values, strategies, mistakes, relationships, and visions. It’s poised to help women leaders of all kinds feel a sense of community and develop individualized plans for organizational change and personal fulfillment.”
    Asia A. Eaton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University
    Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychology of Women, has partnered with Cognella to co-sponsor Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper. Read the press release to learn more about the co-sponsorship.

    Read Dr. Amy Bonomi’s essay titled “5 ways higher education can be seen as hostile to women of color” in The Conversation, which features takeaways from Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.

    Dr. Callie Rennison has won the primary election for the position of Regent of the University of Colorado - Congressional District 2. Read the press release to learn more about Dr. Rennison's victory and platform.

    Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper received a 2020 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials with regard to pedagogy, content/scholarship, writing, and appearance and design. Read the press release to learn more.

    Read the CU Denver News article “New book for female leaders in academia” to learn more about Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.

    Read the Kaiser Permanente article titled “How Women are Breaking Academia’s Glass Ceiling,” in which Dr. Amy Bonomi discusses coediting Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper, as well as her own experiences with leadership in the academy.

    Read the MSU Today: 360 Perspective article “Amy Bonomi: The Double Bind Facing Women” to learn about The Exclamation Point Tax and the origin of Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.

    Read the article “Criminologist, Callie Rennison gets personal with insights on life in academia,” which highlights how personal life decisions have influenced Callie's professional career and her research path.

    Listen to Cognella author Dr. Amy Bonomi and Jaimie Hutchinson from Michigan State University’s Women’s Networking Association discuss how women leaders can support each other, Women Leading Change in Academia, the glass ceiling, the glass cliff, the glass slipper, and the double bind: https://worklife.msu.edu/podcast/2019-10-31%20Amy%20Bonomi.mp3.