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Creating a Culture of Success for Women in STEM: The ADVANCEing Faculty Program at Louisiana Tech University

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Women in Engineering

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22.390.1 - 22.390.12



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Jenna P. Carpenter Louisiana Tech University

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Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is Associate Dean for Administration and Strategic Initiatives, Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor of Mathematics, and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. She is also PI for Louisiana Tech's NSF ADVANCE project. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network and was co-developer of the WEPAN Knowledge Center Project. She is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenge Scholars Program and is also active in development of integrated and innovative STEM curricula, issues related to the success of women in STEM and innovative use of technology in STEM education.

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D. Patrick O'Neal Louisiana Tech University


Lori L. Bakken University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Dr. Bakken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Human Ecology and an affiliate faculty member in the School of Education. She has developed, implemented and evaluated research education programs in the medical field for the past 15 years. Her research focuses on the role of learning experiences in career development. Dr. Bakken most notable for her work in clinical research self-efficacy and the introduction of social cognitive career theory in the training of physician-scientists.

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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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