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Creating a Sustainable Model for an NSF ADVANCE Project

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

WIED: Faculty and Gender Issues

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Women in Engineering

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24.329.1 - 24.329.24

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Jenna P. Carpenter Louisiana Tech University

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Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor, Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech University

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Creating a Sustainable Model for an NSF ADVANCE ProjectSix years ago, University X established an NSF ADVANCE project with the goal ofbuilding a more supportive climate for women faculty in STEM and enhancing theirpromotion and leadership, while at the same time enhancing retention of women faculty.The project ha featured nine specific programs, including monthly faculty lunches;workshops and distinguished lectures for women faculty, male faculty andadministrators; mini-grants to support research-related activities; a mentoring program; aworklife policies effort; executive coaching; and grant-writing training and support.Officially managed through the Office for Women in Science and Engineering, theprogram has adapted materials from other NSF ADVANCE projects, as well as the latestresearch on professional development, gender issues and leadership training, utilizing acombination of project personnel, on-campus speakers and external experts to delivercontent. Survey data suggests that participants appreciate the collegiality and focusedcontent of the professional development training and workshops. The opportunity to meetand connect with other women faculty was also cited as a valued benefit. In addition,program assessment to-date suggests that more than half of the women STEM facultyreported feeling more confident about their professional abilities and more assertive inadvocating for their career needs. Male faulty and administrators reported being familiarwith issues impacting the success of women, as well as strategies that can be employed tomanage around these issues. Women faculty were also less likely to report feelingisolated in their department and on campus. This paper will review how the program wasbeen designed to transition to sustainable status at the conclusion of the project, includinga report on the first year of that transition effort.

Carpenter, J. P. (2014, June), Creating a Sustainable Model for an NSF ADVANCE Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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