Heather Metcalf, PhD

Heather leads the STEM to Market and ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network Initiatives for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and gender studies (University of Arizona), and a doctorate in higher education, science and technology policy (University of Arizona). She did her postdoctoral research as part of the University of Arizona’s ADVANCE grant, an NSF initiative focused on gender equity among STEM faculty.


She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to engage in research, policy, and programmatic efforts related to inclusive organizational cultures; individual and organizational change; and career pathways and experiences in STEM fields across all sectors. Heather holds a patent on training materials for effective search and hiring processes and is PI on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Kapor Center, and the University of Illinois.


She has appeared on a variety of media channels, including: Public Radio International, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, and more to share her expertise.