Heather Metcalf
Chief Research Officer for AWIS


Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she is project lead for their STEM to Market and ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network initiatives. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and gender studies (University of Arizona), and a doctorate in higher education, science and technology policy (University of Arizona). She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to engage in research, policy, and programmatic efforts related to inclusive organizational cultures; individual and organizational change; and career pathways and experiences in STEM fields across all sectors, including entrepreneurship. Dr. Metcalf holds a patent on training materials for effective search and hiring processes and is the lead investigator on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Kapor Center, and the University of Illinois. She has appeared on a variety of media channels, including: Public Radio International, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, and more to share her expertise.