New Release! Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper – Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi, Editors

New Release! Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper – Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi, Editors

San Diego, CA – August 26, 2019 – Cognella Academic Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipperedited by Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi. In this groundbreaking collection, Rennison and Bonomi convene the perspectives of diverse women academic leaders who discuss their rise to key leadership positions and effective change-making in higher education, despite underlying structural barriers and bias that disadvantage women.

Contributors underscore the revolutionary power and innovation that women leaders bring to bear to improve upon business as usual in the academy—even in the “glass cliff” scenario when their risk of failure should be highest. Women across leadership positions—presidents, provosts, deans, and department chairs—discuss leading strategic planning, culture change, and navigating the “double bind,” along with strategies for successful negotiation, networking, mentoring, and work-life balance. Contributors also underscore strategies for leading powerful innovation and change in the academy early in their careers when they do not hold formal leadership roles and experience marginalization due to their identity.

Opening chapters examine institutional power structures, intersectionality, bias, along with enacting change-making leadership in spite of these barriers. Additional chapters offer insight on the power of mentorship, strategic networking for women in the academy, negotiation strategies, professional development, and work-life balance. The collection addresses moving on, up, or out of formal leadership in the academy, institutional change, and strategies for rising, revolutionizing, and redoubling efforts to support women leaders.

Women Leading Change in Academia is intended for women, allies, and institutions committed to equitable conditions for women leaders to be maximally impactful.

Contributors include:

  • Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., MPH, Director of the Children and Youth Institute and Co-administrator of the Women’s Leadership Institute—Michigan State University
  • Heather M. Bush, Ph.D., Kate Spade & Co. Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Biostatistics—University of Kentucky
  • Tabbye Chavous, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology, Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity—University of Michigan
  • Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development-Lyman Briggs College—Michigan State University
  • Ann L. Coker, Ph.D., MPH, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology—University of Kentucky
  • Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., President and CEO-McLaren Oakland Region—McLaren Health Care of Michigan
  • Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., President of the HERS Institute
  • Yolanda Flores Niemann, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychology—University of North Texas
  • Catherine “Katie” Kaukinen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice—University of Central Florida
  • Laura Kohn-Wood, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education and Human Development—University of Miami
  • Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, Professor of Africana Studies—Wellesley College
  • Patricia McGuire, J.D., President—Trinity Washington University
  • Debra A. Moddelmog, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Professor of English—University of Nevada, Reno
  • Beronda L. Montgomery, Ph.D., MSU Foundation Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development – Research—Michigan State University
  • Donde Plowman, Ph.D., Chancellor—University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Public Affairs—University of Colorado Denver
  • Terri A. Scandura, Ph.D., Warren C. Johnson Professor of Management, Miami Business School—University of Miami
  • Mariko Silver, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Office—Henry Luce Foundation; Immediate Past President—Bennington College
  • Elizabeth H. Simmons, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Physics, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs—University of California, San Diego
  • Dionne Stephens, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology—Florida International University
  • Jill Tiefenthaler, Ph.D., President—Colorado College
  • Vasti Torres, Ph.D., Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education—University of Michigan
  • Nelia Viveiros, MSc, LLB, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations—University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

About the Editors

Callie Rennison, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, where she has conducted research on violent victimization for over a decade. Within the School of Public Affairs, she served as Director of the Masters in Criminal Justice program from 2014 to 2016, as well as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs from 2014 to 2017. From 2017 to 2018, Dr. Rennison served Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campuses. She earned her Ph.D. in political science, master’s degrees in political science and sociology, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston, University Park.


Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the director of the Children and Youth Institute and co-administrator of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Michigan State University. Previously, she served as chair of MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies Department (2013-2018) and chair of the president’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee (2015-2018). She earned her Ph.D. in health services and M.P.H. at the University of Washington, and her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Loyola University-Chicago.