June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
22.390.1 - 22.390.12
Creating a Culture of Success for Women in STEM - the ADVANCEing Faculty Program at University X The ADVANCEing Faculty Program in the College of Engineering and Science at University Xis a four-year NSF ADVANCE PAID project that utilizes a college-wide, systematic, sustainableapproach for advancing women faculty in STEM. The Program aims to educate all faculty andspecifically enable women faculty to participate in a supportive and nurturing work environment,thus enhancing job satisfaction, research productivity, and retention. It utilizes social cognitivecareer theory (SCCT) as an underlying theoretical framework, which suggests that beliefs in self-efficacy strongly affect ability to perform career-related tasks and are shaped by (1) personalsuccess experiences, (2) exposure to successful role models, (3) social and verbal persuasivecommunication, and (4) maintaining a positive work environment. Based on an analysis ofinstitutional data and a detailed climate survey, the goals of the ADVANCEing Faculty programare to:(1) strengthen the gender-neutrality of the climate by reducing isolation of women facultyand instituting faculty training through monthly Faculty Lunches, a Mentoring Program and newproductivity-enhancing Worklife Policies;(2) increase the retention of women faculty through implementation of a Grant WritingProgram, Career Networking Awards and exposure to role-models through a DistinguishedLectureship Program;(3) enhance promotion and leadership opportunities for female faculty in through anExecutive Coaching Program, Career Development Workshops and a Women in STEM Banquet.The Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering has been established toprovide the administrative framework for the project. This paper will review successes andlessons learned from year one of the project, including feedback from formative assessments, aswell as plans and adjustments for years two through four.
Carpenter, J. P., & O'Neal, D. P., & Bakken, L. L. (2011, June), Creating a Culture of Success for Women in STEM: The ADVANCEing Faculty Program at Louisiana Tech University Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17671
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