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Connectivity at RIT - Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session - Retaining and Developing Women Faculty

Tagged Divisions

Women in Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Tagged Topics

Diversity, ASEE Diversity Committee, and Engineering Deans Council

Page Count

17

DOI

10.18260/p.26575

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https://peer.asee.org/26575

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110

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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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Margaret B. Bailey P.E. 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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Professor Maureen Valentine, P.E. has been a faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology for 23 years. She has served in many rolls, including teaching faculty, Department Chair, Director of Women in Technology and Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. She is a co-PI for RIT’s ADVANCE grant, where her focus is on structural changes that can improve the climate for women faculty in STEM.

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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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Carol Elizabeth 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 team work. 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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DeLois Kijana Crawford Rochester Institute of Technology

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Wendy A. Dannels Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID)

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Wendy A. Dannels is a member of the instructional faculty in Engineering Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining NTID in 2008 as full-time Lecturer, Dannels worked for several engineering corporations for over seventeen years including ten years in Lean Manufacturing and A3 problem solving. At NTID, Ms. Dannels teaches engineering-related courses to deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students at the associates level and provides tutoring to DHH students studying for baccalaureate degrees. Her research interest is on the latest evolving advancements in the STEM field.

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Abstract

In science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines within the United States; women faculty are underrepresented within many disciplines including engineering, computer science, and physics. At a large private university, XXX, the ADVANCE institutional transformation project (supported by NSF Award No. XXXXXXX), referred to as AdvanceXXX, aims to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty (which includes social and behavioral sciences, SBS) by removing barriers to resources that support career success and by creating new interventions and resources. This paper reports on the design, delivery and evaluation of a professional development workshop series, called the Connectivity Series, which is a vital initiative within this large-scale, multi-year, strategic institutional transformation project. The workshop series consists of programs to promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. The project team developed workshop themes based on the results of a faculty climate survey and a literature review as part of a previously conducted NSF ADVANCE funded self-study (######). Project researchers created the Connectivity Series for all tenure-track women faculty on campus as well as targeted workshops for women of color and deaf and hard of hearing women faculty. All disciplines represented within the university (STEM and non-STEM) have been identified as the target audience for workshop offerings due to the high prevalence of STEM disciplines within the university. Program assessment and evaluation results are presented. In addition, a sustainability plan is outlined for continuation of these targeted workshops beyond the five-year grant funding period.

Dell, E., & Bailey, M. B., & Valentine, M. S., & Mason, S. P., & Marchetti, C. E., & Crawford, D. K., & Dannels, W. A. (2016, June), Connectivity at RIT - Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26575

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