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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:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on tenure and promotion/research productivity
  • Impacts/assessment of application/usage of remote work and flexible work schedules 
  • Advancement patterns among women staff
  • Retention of women-identified staff

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

Applications for the 2022-23 fellowship are now closed. Applications for the 2023-24 fellowship will be released in fall 2022. 


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.

GERF FELLOWS: 2021-2022

  • Christina Beis (University Libraries) and Kayla Harris (Marian Library) will assess 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; slides from the presentation are available here, and the final report will be available on eCommons in May 2022. 

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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