The Internal and External Evaluators are responsible for identifying the needs and best practices for hiring, retention, and promotion of STEM women. In addition, they evaluate the impact of the LEADER programs, initiatives, and overall effectiveness of the Consortium within the individual institutions.

Introducing: Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gómez

Dr. Hurtado Gómez received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. Her years of experience in program evaluation include developing and implementing evaluation plans and instruments, quantitative and qualitative analysis, grant and scholarly writing, and evaluation reporting (written and oral) to community organizations and their executive boards. Across these experiences, she has worked with diverse groups in community and academic settings, including teaching abroad.

Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gomez


I feel privileged that the LEADER team selected me, from their national search, to serve as their program evaluator. I was working in Tampa, FL at the time that I saw the job announcement and was immediately interested in the nature of the program.  I am motivated by issues of social justice, diversity and equity and gravitate towards positions where these are central to the mission of the group.  The initiatives set forth by LEADER are important and I wanted to be part of a team working for equity in the academy.

My position is housed within the LEADER office at WSU. It is staff position, not a faculty appointment. My job responsibilities include collecting institutional metrics to assess our partner institutions’ progress toward gender equity and a positive workplace climate for STEM faculty. I coordinate with institutional administrators, external evaluators and key personnel at LEADER Consortium institutions to fulfill annual reporting requirements to the National Science Foundation as well as the internal LEADER Team.  I am responsible for ensuring the validity and integrity of the data in order to assess the success and impact of LEADER Consortium programs, events, and initiatives.

Most recently I have taken the lead in conducting the climate survey. This survey is vital in assessing how faculty feel and view their work environment and whether there has been any change since the first survey was administered. The results of the surveys will provide information about how well institutions are meeting the needs of the faculty. Participant confidentiality is my highest priority and I will ensure that it is protected every step of the way. 

Questions about the Climate Survey we're conducting? Go HERE to learn more!

With the LEADER Consortium entering its sixth year, there is a abundance of data for me to review, analyze and report on. I look forward to a productive year ahead! In the meantime, I want to make it known that my door is always open and I extend an invitation for you to share with me any questions, concerns, comments, or feedback of any kind.


Marcella Hurtado Gómez, Ph.D.

172 Brehm Lab
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway - Dayton, Ohio - 45435
National Science Foundation

The LEADER Consortium is funded by an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award from the National Science Foundation Award #0810989).

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