Women and Leadership in Science, Health & Engineering:  Gender Diversity in Leadership

Course Details:

Title:  Women and Leadership in Science, Health & Engineering:  Gender Diversity in Leadership

Number:  Med Phys/Pediat 705

Credits:  2 credits

Timing:  Offered each fall semester

Requisites:  Graduate/professional standing

Instructors:  Megan Moreno and Beth Meyerand


Multiple professional and scientific groups have identified the underrepresentation and lack of advancement of women in academia as a national workforce problem. This course will review evolving perspectives of leadership and how unconscious assumptions about the behaviors and traits of men, women, and leaders impede women’s advancement. The course will emphasize the implications for women in the fields of science, health and engineering and explore the potential impact on the advancement of knowledge and improvements in health. The course also provides the opportunity to apply evidence-based perspectives using experiential methods.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Be conversant with several definitions and styles of leadership, as well as with research on how leadership and gender intersect/interact, particularly in an academic context.
2. Reflect on leadership and gender based on readings, discussion, and journaling.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of effective evidence-based leadership strategies.
4. Consider the integral link between women leaders and the advancement of women’s health.

Example Syllabus–Fall 2024

Example Syllabus–Fall 2023

Example Syllabus–Fall 2022

For more information, contact wiseli@engr.wisc.edu.

Publications Related to this Course:

Isaac, Carol; Anna Kaatz; Barbara Lee; and Molly Carnes. 2012. “An Educational Intervention Designed to Increase Women’s Leadership Self-Efficacy.” CBE-Life Sciences Education. 11(3):307-322. PMID: 22949427.