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Analysis of Workplace Climate for Female Faculty of Color in Computer Science and Engineering

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Women in Engineering

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Ona Egbue University of South Carolina Upstate

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Ona Egbue is an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, a master's degree in Earth and Environmental Resource Management and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering. Her research interests include sustainable energy and transportation systems, socio-technical system analysis, innovation management and engineering education.

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Arshia Khan University of Minnesota Duluth

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Arshia A. Khan, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer-Engineering, M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D in Information Technology. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and span the biomedical informatics, clinical/health informatics, and consumer health informatics. Her research is on sensor based wireless, robotic non-intrusive device development for monitoring physiological changes for population health management, mobile clinical decision support, and data analysis. She authored “Objective-C and iOS Programming: A simplistic Approach"

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Rania Al-Hammoud P.Eng. University of Waterloo

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Dr. Al-Hammoud is a Faculty lecturer (Graduate Attributes) in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Al-Hammoud has a passion for teaching where she continuously seeks new technologies to involve students in their learning process. She is actively involved in the Ideas Clinic, a major experiential learning initiative at the University of Waterloo. She is also responsible for developing a process and assessing graduate attributes at the department to target areas for improvement in the curriculum. This resulted in several publications in this educational research areas.
Dr. Al-Hammoud won the "Ameet and Meena Chakma award for exceptional teaching by a student” in 2014 and the "Engineering Society Teaching Award" in 2016 and the "Outstanding Performance Award" in 2018 from University of Waterloo. Her students regard her as an innovative teacher who continuously introduces new ideas to the classroom that increases their engagement.

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The underrepresentation of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments is well documented. In computer science and engineering particularly, the dearth of female faculty is even more pronounced. Diversity of faculty in these disciplines is important because it has direct implications for the diversity and quality of future engineering and computer science workforce. Diversity and inclusion are very important parts of campus climate. Therefore, it is critical for universities to have a welcoming climate in order to retain female faculty and foster an environment where they can thrive. This preliminary study examines diversity issues related to female faculty of color with a focus on professional concerns that are unique to this group of female faculty in computer science and engineering. This paper examines current literature and data to identify key factors that affect workplace climate for this group of faculty. Furthermore, this paper identifies gaps in existing studies and will inform the development of a study on the experiences of female faculty of color in computer science and engineering related to workplace climate.

Egbue, O., & Khan, A., & Al-Hammoud, R. (2019, June), Analysis of Workplace Climate for Female Faculty of Color in Computer Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32090

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