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Career Navigation Initiatives for Women STEM Faculty in Support of Institutional Transformation

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Women in Engineering

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Diversity

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15

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Elizabeth Dell Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Professor Dell is an associate professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology department at RIT. She serves as the Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty and is co-PI for RIT's NSF ADVANCE project. 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 Elizabeth Marchetti Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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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 salary equity and faculty data.

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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 the 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 more than $800,000.

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Margaret B. Bailey Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Professor Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Bailey teaches courses and conducts research related to Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. She is the co-author on an engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions. Dr. Bailey is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the RIT NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. The goal of this large-scale ($3.4M), multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort is to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty. At the university level, she serves as Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE and co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women.

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Maureen S. Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 23 years. She held the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety from 2000 to 2007 and Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science
and Technology from 2007 to 2015. She is currently Professor in CETEMS and co-PI on the AdvanceRIT initiative. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on project-based service learning, women in technology programs and the faculty who team them.

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DeLois Kijana Crawford Rochester Institute of Technology (GCCIS)

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Dr. Crawford is the Women of Color Team Leader for the ADVANCE@RIT Grant. She is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Co-Program Director of the Sociology/Anthropology Department

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Abstract

In preparation for creating an institutional transformation strategy, researchers conducted a multi-year self-study (NSF ADVANCE 0811076) to identify career advancement and navigation barriers for current women faculty at a large private university and establish how well the university addresses issues important to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women STEM faculty. Results of a faculty climate survey, objective human resources data review, and benchmarking led to the identification of barriers in the areas of career navigation, climate, and flexibility in work/life management balance which have been previously reported. 1-4 Opportunities for reducing barriers and launching new interventions were assembled into a comprehensive institutional transformation strategy funded in 2012 by NSF ADVANCE (1209115). The goal of this funded project, referred to as AdvanceRIT, increases the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty by creating new interventions, structures, and resources to support faculty career navigation while promoting supportive and aligned cultural change. An additional emphasis adapts interventions to address the needs of key sub-populations including women of color and deaf and hard-of-hearing women faculty. The AdvanceRIT project: 1) refines and strengthens targeted institutional structures; 2) improves the quality of women faculty’s work life; 3) aligns institutional, administrative, and informal systems of power and resources to support and sustain progress towards the project goal; and 4) enhances the working environment and support career advancement for women faculty that supports career goals for all faculty. Initiatives within the AdvanceRIT project that are focused on career navigation include the Connectivity Series, Connect Grants Program, Resource Allocation Committee (RAC), Women of Color Connectivity Series and P & T SMARTS, Promotion Package Preparation (P³) Group, AdvanceRIT Team Leadership Development and Team Building Efforts, Dual Career Assistance Program, and Faculty Evaluation Policy/Practice. This paper describes a subset of the AdvanceRIT career navigation activities, outcomes and evaluation, and progress towards sustaining these efforts beyond the length of the current AdvanceRIT funded project.

Dell, E., & Marchetti, C. E., & Mason, S. P., & Bailey, M. B., & Valentine, M. S., & Crawford, D. K. (2017, June), Career Navigation Initiatives for Women STEM Faculty in Support of Institutional Transformation Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28013

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