June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Women in Engineering
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Building a More Supportive Climate for Women in STEM: Discoveries Made, Lessons Learned Four years ago University X established a program aimed at building a more supportiveclimate for women faculty in STEM departments in an effort to improve their retentionand success. Officially managed out of the dean’s office under the umbrella of the Officefor Women in Science and Engineering, the program has utilized a multi-prongedapproach and adapted best practices from NSF ADVANCE projects. Specific initiativeshave included a distinguished external lecture series, engaging faculty and administratorsin reviews of social science research, lunchtime seminars focused on gender issues, afaculty mentoring program, and an allies program for male faculty. Some aspects of theprogram have been expanded to address issues of women undergraduate and graduatestudents through seminars for graduate students, training for freshman faculty, andworkshops for undergraduate students. Program assessment to-date suggests that womenfaculty have made some gains in work self-efficacy and job satisfaction. Theirperceptions of the quality of interactions with colleagues have also shown improvement.Survey data suggests that more than half of the women faculty report increasedprofessional self-confidence as a result of the program. Women faculty were less likelyto report feeling isolated on campus and more likely to report having a voice in howresources are distributed. Program initiatives have extended outside the college tocollaborations with faculty in human ecology, education faculty whose research focuseson gender and STEM, the faculty senate, as well as women faculty in entrepreneurshipand social science who face many of the same issues as women faculty in STEM. Thispaper will review the programs, including feedback from external assessment, and makerecommendations on aspects of the program that could be transportable to othercampuses.
Carpenter, J. P., & O'Neal, D. P. (2013, June), Building a More Supportive Climate for Women in STEM: Discoveries Made, Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19271
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