June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
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A Triad Faculty Mentoring ProgramThe National Science Foundation funded an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT)Program in fall 2006 on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas. A female faculty mentorprogram was proposed due to the findings of the 2003 Rice Tenure/Tenure-Track FacultyClimate Study. The purpose of the mentoring program was to improve the institutional climatefor women in the departments and provide support for women faculty in the Schools of NaturalSciences and Engineering.A female Triad Mentor Program was developed that has positively impacted the junior femalefaculty by giving them a stronger sense of belonging to their individual schools and theUniversity, and by creating a belief that their success matters to the University. The seniorfaculty mentors also report a value to them by learning more about institutional processes outsidetheir own experience and department, and a sense of making a difference to junior femalefaculty. The University considers the Triad Mentor Program a success in changing the climatefor women faculty in the sciences and engineering. Information about administration of theprogram, mentor and protégé support materials, results from an annual on-line survey, resultsfrom faculty focus groups, and future institutionalization plans are shared in this paper.
Rinehart, J., & King, E. B., & Hebl, M. (2011, June), A Triad Faculty Mentoring Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17399
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