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Leslie E. Tower

Professor


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Dr. Leslie E. Tower joined the WVU faculty in 2002. She has a dual appointment in the School of Social Work and Department of Public Administration. Dr. Tower has published research on women and work, adult learners, and violence against women.

Dr. Tower is a passionate advocate for policies that support women’s full participation in society. She created and moderates two parenting listservs for faculty, staff, and students; she created a Lactation Network and serves on various university level committees, including the WVU Parental Leave Task Force and Faculty Senate Welfare Committee. In recognition of this work, she was named the 2009-2010 Mary Catherine Buswell Award recipient. The Buswell award honors a faculty or staff member, or citizen who has provided outstanding service to women at WVU.

Dr. Tower is co-Chair (2012-2015) of the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Women’s Council has several responsibilities including ”...work to eliminate all procedures within academia that hinder the full participation of women…”

Dr. Tower is a co-Principal Investigator the National Science Foundation (NSF), ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) Grant: WVU PRIDE: Promoting and Retaining Institutional Diversity & Equity ($3.2 million). Dr. Tower was also awarded funding, as Principal Investigator, in the first round of the John A. Hartford Foundation/CSWE Gero-Ed Center BSW Experiential Learning Program (2008 – 2010).

Contact Information

Education

  • PhD, Barry University, 2001
  • MSW, Barry University, 2002
  • MBA University of Miami, 1995
  • BS, University of Florida, 1993
  • Certificate in Women’s Studies, Florida Atlantic University, 2002
  • Certificate in Health Administration, University of Miami, 1995

Research Interests

  • Women & Work:

Cram, B., Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (in press). Social costs: The career-family tradeoff. In M. Connerley & J. Wu, Handbook on well-being of working women. Springer.

Stout, M., Tower, L. E., & Alkadry, M. G. (in press). Reframing workplace spirituality to reduce social costs to women. Public Integrity

Tower, L. E., Faul, A. C., Hamilton-Mason, J., Collins, W.L., Gibson, P. (in press). Work-Life Fit: The Intersection of Developmental Life Cycle and Academic Life Cycle. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (2014). Women and public service: Barriers, challenges, and opportunities . M. E. Sharpe.

Hartnett, H., Tower, L. E., et al. (2014). Employment accommodations for people with disabilities: Does gender really matter? Disabilities Studies Quarterly, 34(3).

Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (2013). Slowly but can we say surely? Pay equity & segregation a decade later in WV state government. Public Administration Quarterly, 37(2), 201-232.

Nolan, J., Jackson, K. J., Latimer, M., Tower, L., Borres, A. M. (2012). A Dialogical Change Process for Strategic Planning to Diversify Academic Departments. Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Conference, Columbus, OH.

Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (2011). Covert pay discrimination: How authority predicts pay differences between women and men. Public Administration Review, 71: 740-750. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02413.x

Tower, L. E., Bowen, E., & Alkadry, M. (2011). A Snapshot of Organizational Climate: Perceptions of Extension Faculty. Journal of Extension, 49(5)

Tower, L. E., & Alkadry, M. G. (2008). The social costs of career success for women. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 28, 144-165. DOI: 10.1177/0734371X08315343

Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (2006). Unequal pay: The role of gender. Public Administration Review, 66, 888-898. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2006.00656.x

  • Adult Learners:

Tower, L. E., & Hash, K. M. (2012). “Hearing the real stories about the issues at hand”: Politically active elders engage BSW students in influencing social policy. Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2012.704011

Tower, L E., & Hartnett, H. (2011). An Internet-based assignment to teach students to engage in policy-practice: A three-cohort study. Journal of Policy Practice, 10(1), 65-77. doi: 10.1080/15588742.2011.522961

Alkadry, M. G., & Tower, L. E. (2010). The effect of rurality and gender on stroke awareness of adults in West Virginia. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 33(1), 63-93.

Hash, K. M., & Tower, L. E. (2010). The Development and Evaluation of Online Learning Modules to Deliver Lifespan Content in Human Behavior in the Social Environment Courses. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20, 379-392.

Tower, L. E., & Gray, S. W. (2005). Is your teaching inclusive of women? A study of feminist pedagogy in the social work classroom. AretĂȘ, 29(1), 1-16.

Gomberg, L. E., & Gray, S. W. (2001). Five basic principles for effectively managing the classroom. Adult Learning, 11(4), 24-27.

  • Domestic Violence:

Randall, B., & Tower, L. E. (2010). Domestic violence in the rural environment. In L. Lockhart & F. Danis (Eds.), Domestic violence mosaic: Culturally competent practice with diverse populations (pp. 343-368). New York: Columbia University Press.

Tower, L. E., & Fernandez, M. E. (2008). English & Spanish Speaking Women’s Use of Violence , Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(1), 21-38. DOI: 10.1177/0886260507307649.

Tower, L. E., Schiller, D., & Fernandez, M. E. (2008). Women court-ordered for domestic violence: Improvements in depression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 16(1), 47-54.

Tower, L. E. (2007). Group work with a new population: Women in domestic relationships responding to violence with violence. Journal of Women & Therapy, 30(1/2), 35-60.

Tower, L. E. (2006). Barriers in screening women for domestic violence: A survey of social workers, family practitioners, & obstetrician-gynecologists. Journal of Family Violence, 21(4), 245-257. DOI 10.1007/s10896-006-9024-4

Tower, L. E., & Mersing, R. (2006). Battered rural women & safety: Barriers & solutions. Proceedings of the National Institute on Social Work & Human Services in Rural Areas, USA,120-129.

Tower, L. E. (2003). Attendance and absenteeism: Key variables in predicting re-arrest in batterers’ rehabilitation. FVSAB, 19(3), 6-14.

Tower, L. E. (2003). Domestic violence screening: Education and institutional support correlates. Journal of Social Work Education, 39(3), 479-494.

Teaching Interests

  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Healthcare Systems (Public Administration)
  • Health Policy: Health, Women’s Health, Health Law & Ethics (Public Administration)

Professional Societies

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers