June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
26.565.1 - 26.565.14
Easing the Tortuous Road that Under-represented Minorities take to Be Engineering FacultyNumerous studies have been conducted on the issues facing underrepresentedminorities in engineering disciplines. However, very little has focused on theissues faced by underrepresented minorities that pursue a graduate degree or theneed for effective mentoring of post-docs and faculty in engineering to attract andretain them to pursue academic careers. Women and ethnic minorities do notpersist in academia as they often receive lower a salary, heavier teaching loads,less research support, and serve on more committees than their male counterparts.Although it is more pronounced at the faculty level, this leads to higher attritionrates at every level of career development, starting at the undergraduate level.We will present our approach and preliminary results of a National ScienceFoundation (NSF) sponsored workshop to broaden the participation ofunderrepresented engineering minorities from senior undergraduates to assistantprofessorship. The 1.5 day work shop will be held at three institutions: Universityof Akron (October 2014), University of Houston (May 2015), and MississippiState University (January 2015). The workshop will focus on areas thatunderrepresented minorities can readily address (awareness of what is needed inthe career, time management, teaching skills, etc.) as well as the skill set for earlynegotiations (equitable pay, work load, etc.), and a new network to expand theiropportunities. Each session in the workshop will use pre and post surveyquestions to evaluate what participants have learned. The overall effectiveness ofthe workshop will be evaluated by qualitative and quantitative methods.Conducting the workshops at three universities increases the number ofindividuals impacted, assists with assessment, and enables assessment to be broad(i.e., overall topics), as well as tailored for a specific underrepresented group. Theuse of three institutions will also demonstrate the ease of implementation at otheruniversities.
Cutright, T. J., & Williams, L. N., & Coats, L. T., & Rodrigues, D. F., & Puskas, J. E., & Claydon, F. F. J. (2015, June), Easing the Tortuous Road that Underrepresented Minorities Travel to Become Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23903
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