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Leslie E. Tower, Ph.D.

Assessment Coordinator and Professor

Dr. Leslie E. Tower is a tenured professor in the WVU School of Social Work. From 2002 to 2015, she had a dual appointment in the School of Social Work and Department of Public Administration. Dr. Tower is a passionate advocate for policies that support women’s full participation in society. She has published research on women and work, adult learners, and violence against women.

Dr. Tower is the pubic investigator on an Elsevier Foundation, New Scholars Program (2015 – 2016):  WV STEM+ Family Travel Initiative  ($56,000). The first state-wide program in the nation, the travel fund provides female faculty/post-doctoral scholars at West Virginia public and private institutions of higher learning the opportunity to apply for reimbursement of incremental child and eldercare expenses incurred as a result of traveling.

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).

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

She advocated for and contributed to most of the work/life programs and procedures now offered at WVU. For example, she drafted the WVU Lactation Program and she created a  Lactation Network that she has maintained since 2006. 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.


  • Ph.D., Barry University, 2001
  • M.S.W., Barry University, 2002
  • M.B.A. University of Miami, 1995
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1993
  • Certificate in Women’s Studies, Florida Atlantic University, 2002
  • Certificate in Health Administration, University of Miami, 1995


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.

Tower, L. E., & Dilks, L. (in press). Work/Life Satisfaction Policy inADVANCE Universities: Assessing Levels of Flexibility.  Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Stout, M.,  Tower, L. E., & Alkadry, M. G. (2015). Reframing workplace spirituality to reduce social costs to women.  Public Integrity, 17, 143-164. doi: 10.1080/10999922.2015.1000662

Tower, L. E. (2015). Changing work-life policy in institutions of higher education. In E. K. Anderson & C. R. Solomon, (Eds.),  Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe. New York: Lexington Books.

Tower, L. E., Faul, A. C., Hamilton-Mason, J., Collins, W.L., Gibson, P. (2014). Work-Life Fit: The Intersection of Developmental Life Cycle and Academic Life Cycle.  AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work. doi: 10.1177/0886109914555217

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).

Latimer, M., Jackson, K., Dilks, L., Nolan, J., &  Tower, L. (2014), Organizational Change and Gender Equity in Academia:  Using Dialogical Change to Promote Positive Departmental Climates, in V. Demos , C. W. Berheide , M. T. Segal (Eds.)  Gender Transformation in the Academy (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 19) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.333 – 353.

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. Aretê, 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.


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


  • BSW Committee
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee


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