June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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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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