UWEI offers a Faculty Fellows Program that provides opportunities, for current full-time faculty members from postsecondary institutions in Utah, to advance knowledge and practice related to a variety of current women and education challenges in Utah. If you are interested in applying to receive a UWEI Faculty Fellowship, click here for more information.


Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz, Ed.D

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Technology Management program at Utah Valley University (UVU). She started working at UVU in 2005. Since then, she has also served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Technology and Computing as well as Senior Director of Student Success and Retention. She has been involved in the Utah Women and Education Project as researcher, writer, and presenter. Previously, she taught technology-related courses both on-campus and online at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Technology Studies for ten years. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Liberal Studies in Technology, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Cheryl has over 25 years of computer and managerial experience in both the business and academic environments. Before teaching she worked in two software development companies in administrative positions and was a consultant for several companies, which included training administrators in computer skills, editing security manuals, and updating maintenance policies for ISO 9000 compliance. In addition to teaching, she has published technology-related books and articles, participated in national conferences, and consulted with Macmillan Computer Publishing USA and Prentice Hall as a technical editor.

Project Description: Dr. Hanewicz will lead a team of researchers to develop a new UWEI research and policy brief on the state of affairs in Utah women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) academic programs and professions.

Dr. Donna Harp Ziegenfuss, Ed.D

Dr. Donna Harp Ziegenfuss is a Visiting Associate Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Donna relocated to Utah in 2008 after earning her Ed.D. in Academic Leadership/Higher Education from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania and an MS in Instructional Design from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She has been working in the area of faculty development for 15 years at both the K-12 and higher education level. She has 8 years of teaching in various formats and is a co-developer of the Quality Course Framework at the University of Utah that is a university wide course design model being used to scaffold faculty who are designing and redesigning university courses. Her research, publications and presentations focus on the topics of course design and curriculum in higher education, academic leadership, technology based instruction, and academic leadership. In 2010-2011 she was awarded a research grant from POD, an international professional and organizational development organization, to conduct research that identified 32 informal faculty leaders across the US and uncovered the needs and qualities of grassroots faculty leaders. Her dissertation research on course design in higher education earned a Robert Menges Honored Award for Research in 2007.

Project Description: Dr. Ziegenfuss will lead a team of researchers to investigate the topic of how teaching and learning practices and curriculum can help in transitioning and retaining women in higher education. She will produce curricular materials and develop a new UWEI research and policy brief on the best practices for transitioning women into higher education.