Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

Academic Leadership For Women In Engineering (alwe)

To address the need for more women in academic leadership positions in engineering and foster the professional growth of women in academia, SWE developed the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program.

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to provide female academics in engineering with tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue, acquire and gainfully maintain institutional leadership positions at a university. SWE also hopes this program provides women with skills to help them grow personally as leaders.

The FY22 ALWE program will host 45 professional academic SWE members. To support the professional development of faculty women, participants will receive free registration to the WE21 Virtual and In-Person Conference and Career Fair.  


What are the Benefits of Attending ALWE?

Participants in the program experienced a two-day virtual program, plus two additional year-round workshops, with interactive sessions that provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. Based on these best practices, attendees of ALWE were able to accomplish the following by the end of the program:

  • Recognize the various duties associated with holding leadership positions within academia by addressing these questions: What are the duties and responsibilities of a Dean as they pertain to other leadership roles in engineering academia?
  • Obtain tools to navigate unconscious and conscious bias successfully.
  • Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
  • Learn identification and mapping of professional networks and strategies for cultivating mentors and sponsors.
  • Expand an existing network of women in academia.

Who Should Attend ALWE?

The intended audience for the ALWE program are women in the early and mid-stages of their careers at academic institutions. This includes:

  • Postdoctoral Appointments
  • Assistant Professors
  • Associate Professors
  • Full Professors
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers

Learn about the ALWE program from a few ALWE 2019 participants.

Please note that any in-person ALWE programming will be photographed and recorded.

title Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) -This project is based upon work supported through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.