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AdvanceRIT Connect Grants: Driving Momentum for Disruptive Change for Women STEM Faculty

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division: Retaining and Developing Women Faculty in STEM

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Women in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

26.162.1 - 26.162.14

DOI

10.18260/p.23501

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https://peer.asee.org/23501

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52

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Sharon Patricia Mason Rochester Institute of Technology

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Professor Sharon Mason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at RIT where she has served on the faculty since 1997. Sharon has been involved in computing security education at RIT since its inception. She is a PI of for the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) awards to RIT. These scholarships enable students to study and do research in graduate programs in security, forensics and information assurance. To date, scholarships to RIT students total over $800,00.

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Margaret B. Bailey P.E. Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Elizabeth Dell Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Professor Dell is the Faculty Associate to the Provost for Female Faculty and an associate professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology department at RIT. Her research interests include: characterization of biodegradable plastics and environmental consideration in materials selection for production design, the impact of technology paired with active learning pedagogies on student learning, and effective strategies for increasing gender diversity in STEM disciplines.

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Carol Marchetti Rochester Institute of Technology (COS)

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Dr. Carol Marchetti is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics courses and conducts research in statistics education, deaf education, and online learning. She is a co-PI on RIT's NSF ADVANCE IT project, Connect@RIT, and leads grant activities in the Human Resources strategic approach area.

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Maureen S. Valentine P.E. Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 21 years and held the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety from 2000 to 2007. She is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science
and Technology and co-PI on the AdvanceRIT initiative. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on women in technology programs and
the female faculty who teach them.

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Andrea Gebhart Rommel Independent Scientific Consultant

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Andrea Gebhart Rommel, Ph.D. is an Independent Scientific Consultant based in the Rochester, NY area. With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and expertise in the field of higher education, she provides a broad range of scientific consulting services to help both organizational and individual clients achieve their goals. Her areas of specialization include research, program development, scientific report writing and editing, grant proposal writing and editing, and textbook editing.

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Laurie A. Clayton Rochester Institute of Technology

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Dr. Laurie A. Clayton currently serves as program director on the National Science Foundation Advance Program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She previously held positions as director for diversity assessment and research management and senior assessment associate in the Office of Student Learning Outcomes. Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Clayton held various administrative positions at the University of Rochester and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y.

Dr. Clayton has worked in the field of evaluation since 1998 leading health care patient education and physician continuing education evaluation projects. She previously served as the internal evaluator for the AdvanceRIT program and RIT’s McNair Scholars Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and has been a consultant for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dr. Clayton received her Ed.D. from the University of Rochester Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development with certification in program evaluation and is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She has taught doctoral – level program evaluation courses at the Warner School for the past five years and recently taught in St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Clayton has presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference and most recently at the Assessment Network of New York Conference. Her primary research interests include mixed methods research projects and the assessment and evaluation of program-level outcomes.

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Abstract

AdvanceRIT Connect Grants: Driving Momentum for Disruptive Change for Women STEM FacultyABSTRACTWomen faculty are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) disciplines. The ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project at a largeprivate technical university (NSF ADVANCE 1209115), referred to as AdvanceRIT, aimsto increase the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty (which includessocial and behavioral sciences, SBS) by removing barriers to resources that supportcareer success and by creating new interventions and resources.This paper reports on the development of efforts to activate change for STEM faculty(including the College of Engineering) in the form of an internal grant program, ConnectGrants, as part of the AdvanceRIT project. The grants support leadership and careerdevelopment for all tenured and pretenured faculty. The Connect Grants are outside ofthe normal processes and procedures as defined by the university. Support for the grantsis also outside of the normal budgetary resourcing that is defined for the divisions,colleges, and departments. By providing a framework for the activities outside of thedefined university processes and budget allocations, the AdvanceRIT project aims tosupport creative, innovative, and disruptive efforts toward reaching its end goals.The grant program has two distinct funding tracks: one for faculty and one for departmentheads. The Faculty/Faculty Group Connect Grants are designed to broaden facultyopportunities and enhance plans of work associated with tenure and promotionpreparation, as well as overall career advancement. Department Connect Grants supportcreative, innovative, and disruptive department-level efforts to guide and manage facultythrough various career stages and project-oriented work to facilitate institutionaltransformation. As using evidence to support institution transformation is critical, theresults of quantitative and qualitative data analyses have informed the development of theConnect Grants Program. Data from faculty climate and mentoring surveys, NSFIndicator objective data, and focus group results, as well as a discussion of the frameworkfor implementing this internal grants program, and program evaluation plan and resultsare presented in this paper.

Mason, S. P., & Bailey, M. B., & Dell, E., & Marchetti, C., & Valentine, M. S., & Rommel, A. G., & Clayton, L. A. (2015, June), AdvanceRIT Connect Grants: Driving Momentum for Disruptive Change for Women STEM Faculty Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23501

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