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Gender Equity Research Fellowship

Gender Equity Research Fellowship


Each year, the Women’s Center, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Provost’s Office sponsor two Gender Equity Research Fellows – one lecturer or tenure-track faculty member, and one exempt staff member, of any gender and from any disciplinary background – who work to advance gender equity and social justice through the conduct of high-quality research and the development of subsequent recommendations to share with the campus community.

We invite proposals from both faculty and exempt staff, and joint proposals will also be considered.

The following research topics have been identified as institutional priorities. Applicants can select among these topics and will be asked to propose a methodology for carrying out the project:

  • Impacts/assessment of application/usage of remote work and flexible work schedules 
  • Advancement patterns among women staff
  • Retention of women-identified staff
  • Best practices of ensuring civil discourse on campus, in and outside the classroom
  • Service loads and cultural taxation related to identity

A proposed research topic not previously identified will also be considered. 

Applications for 2024-2025 will be announced in the fall.  

GERF FELLOWS: 2023-2024

  • Department of Political Science faculty: Christopher Brough, Lecturer and CAP Social Science Coordinator, Dongfang Gaozhao, Assistant Professor, and Li-Yin Liu, Assistant Professor along with three research assistants: Hannah Kling, Veronica Vasko, and Isabella Thomeier will explore students as faculty gender equity allies. 

GERF FELLOWS: 2022-2023

  • Dr. Corinne Brion (Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, School of Education and Health Sciences) and Dr. Erin O'Mara Kunz (Associate Professor, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences) will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on faculty research productivity and progress to tenure and promotion. Access the completed report here

GERF FELLOWS: 2021-2022

  • Christina Beis (University Libraries) and Kayla Harris (Marian Library) assessed the experiences of faculty and staff who have taken maternity leave since the implementation of the 2017 policy offering six weeks paid leave. Beis and Harris  presented their research at the third annual Gender Equity Research at UD Colloquium April 8, 2022. Access the completed report here

GERF Fellows: 2020-2021

  • Dr. Kathrin Hanek (Management) examined faculty salary negotiations. Access the completed report here.
  • Dr. Julio Quintero (Diversity and Inclusion) focused on feelings of belonging among non-exempt staff. Access the completed report here.

GERF Fellows: 2019-2020

  • Dr. R. Darden Bradshaw (Art and Design) developed best practices to support LGBTQ+ identified faculty and staff. Access the completed report here.
  • Dr. Laura Vorachek (English) developed a toolkit for chairs to use to mentor junior women faculty through the T&P process. Access the completed report here.

Each fellow works alongside an undergraduate student research assistant over the academic year to complete their projects. Fellows present their work and recommendations to the campus community at the “Gender Equity Research at UD Colloquium.” For more information, contact the Women's Center at

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