WHAT IS STEM-UP PA™ Leadership for Academic Women Program?

STEM-UP PA™ Leadership for Academic Women is an intensive one-semester leadership and professional development program for STEM faculty designed to accelerate the career development and advancement of academic women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), including social and health science fields. The program aims to increase retention of women in STEM by reducing isolation and preparing women for leadership positions.


The highly successful leadership development program, Leadership for Academic Women, was developed at Rutgers University, and STEM-UP PA™ has adapted the program to meet the needs of the faculty at institutions of higher education in  Pennsylvania.


  • Pre-workshop personal goal setting session
  • One-on-one coaching conversations to help focus goals and resolve challenges
  • A series of interactive workshops to develop skills
  • Peer-learning groups during and post program to apply skills
  • Networking with program participants and senior women scholars to help build alliances for continued support from the STEM community

Apply to the Fall 2015 program here: LDAW Application 2015

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015!

This program is for female STEM faculty of all career levels.  The cohort will consist of approximately 20 participants.  Benefits to participants include:

  • Clarity about their professional goals and how to achieve them
  • Skill development in topics such as negotiation, leadership, teamwork, research, writing, and self-advocacy
  • An expanded community of colleagues
  • Strategies for enhanced work-life balance
  • Awareness of their skill gaps in leadership

Full participation is important to the success of the program.  By accepting to participate in the program you are making a commitment to attend each workshop as well as additional mentoring activities.

Apply to the Fall 2015 program here: LDAW Application 2015 The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015!


Our Fall 2012, Fall 2013, and Spring 2015 cohorts have included participants from across the STEM fields at the following institutions:

elizabethtown college shippensburg university dickinson college
franklin Marshall college widener university slippery rock university
harrisburg university millserville university alvernia university
Applicants should inquire at their institutions about institutional support for the program fee. We hope that administrators will help build capacity of leadership at each institution by nominating, encouraging and supporting faculty to participate. All members of the Fall 2012, Fall 2013, an Spring 2015 cohorts were able to participate with 100% funding from their institutions and other sources.

The cost of the semester-long program which includes:

  • Three individual coaching sessions with a professional coach;
  • Five half-day (for a total of 25 hours) interactive workshops on leadership styles, having a voice at the table, work-life balance, enhanced productivity, and negotiations;
  • A peer learning circle of colleagues that will help you apply what you are learning throughout the program;
  • A network of alumnae from the program that can support your personal and professional development over time.

The total cost for this program is $2,800.  Again, we urge you to seek support from your institution.  If the support is not available, we can work with you to set up a payment plan that will be manageable.

Apply to the Fall 2015 program here: LDAW Application 2015

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015!


STEM-UP PA™ reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events and courses at its own discretion.  Should a program be cancelled by the STEM-UP PA™ for any reason, a full refund will be issued.  Cancellations received in writing to Ms. Yvonne Dunst (ymd2@psu.edu) for individual registrants more than 7 days prior to the start of a program or event are eligible for a 50% refund of fees paid.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received from individual registrants 6 or less days prior to the start of the event.

After three highly successful cohorts in Fall 2012, Fall 2013, and Spring 2015, we are pleased  to offer Leadership for Academic Women  again to our STEM faculty in Pennsylvania.


STEM-UP PA™, Leadership for Academic Women Program: Fall 2015

Develop negotiation, leadership, & self-advocacy skills, and broaden your social and professional networks!

Leadership for Academic Women
Leadership for Academic Women is a program for female STEM faculty in Pennsylvania that supports career development and advancement through skills workshops, peer-learning groups, networking and coaching opportunities.  The program is hosted by STEM-UP PA™ to increase the representation of women academics in STEM fields.

Workshops: Fall 2015                                                    

 Note all workshops are Friday evening or Saturday at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA.

 Understand and Cultivate Your Style in Working with and Leading Others  Beth Tracy  September 19  9:30 am – 2:30 pm
 Being Heard Clearly at the Leadership Table and Beyond  Rhonda Hess  October 2  4:00 pm  –  9:00 pm
 Writing Procrastination and Resistance: How to Identify Your Writing Blocks And Move Through Them  TBA  October 24  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
 Work/Life Balance  Bilita Mattes  November 13  4:00 pm  –  9:00 pm
 Empowered Negotiations  Dale Fallon  December 5  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Apply to the Fall 2015 program here: LDAW Application 2015 The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015!

Please contact us at bmattes@harrisburgu.edu if you have any questions about the application process.

If you are interested in participating in this program or would like to nominate faculty to be involved, please contact Dr. Bilita “Bili” Mattes with STEM-UP PA™ at bmattes@harrisburgu.edu.

Apply to the Fall 2015 program here: LDAW Application 2015

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015!


  • Dr. Bilita Mattes, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, STEM-UP PA™ Leadership Team
  • Beth Tracy, Rutgers University Office for Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Dr. Kate McGivney, STEM-UP PA™ Leadership Team
  • Ms. Lisa McGahren, Professional Coach