The College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Alicia Bertone has been appointed to serve on the President’s and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW) for the university. The PPCW is charged with advocating to the president and provost for the advancement of all women at The Ohio State University and providing leadership for the development of policies and practices that positively affect the working environment for women employed at The Ohio State University.
While many are aware of Dr. Bertone’s excellence as a highly successful and productive scientist, educator, and veterinary clinician/surgeon, fewer are aware of her contributions to enhance gender equality and faculty advancement within our college and at Ohio State. Dr. Bertone was one of the inaugural cohorts of the President’s and Provost’s Leadership Institute (PPLI) and in 2015 was awarded a Faculty Academic Program project funded by PPLI to examine the turnover of clinical track faculty members in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. These studies grew out of the work on faculty flux as part of Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State). Dr. Bertone applied a very data driven, analytical approach to investigating changes in faculty numbers and was able to demonstrate demographic hiring shifts and areas to target within the college for enhanced recruitment and retention.
Dr. Bertone’s metric-based analysis is the type of research lens needed to sift through opinions and perceptions to identify specific issues and challenges. We anticipate her work on PPCW will support the development of data-driven recommendations and outcome analysis that will enhance the work and learning environment for all faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Bertone was selected from a competitive pool of 41 nominations. Representation of our college in such a competitive process likely because of the recognition of our college as a leader at Ohio State in the development of best practices that support career development of our faculty, staff, and students and our work to further a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.