June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
22.537.1 - 22.537.5
Effectively Advocating for Diversity and Excellence in Faculty Searches Using FilmWe like to think that faculty are objective and able to impartially evaluate others’abilities and potential. However, the next generation of engineering scholars ischosen through evaluation processes that can underestimate the qualifications ofgroups historically underrepresented in the academy. Stressing the importance ofsearch committee skill-building, this presentation will include a screening of ashort film depicting a faculty search committee meeting at a research-intensiveuniversity. This film and its accompanying facilitated discussion guide weredeveloped to provide the tools, resources, and skills that faculty need to serve aschange agents in the diversification of faculty. It has been adapted for widespreaddissemination at national science and engineering conferences with funding fromthe Luce Foundation.The session will begin with an overview of research on unexamined bias andcognitive errors that underestimate the qualifications of women and minorities inacademia, thus stalling efforts to diversify the faculty. The facilitator will alsopresent research on the role change agents play in interrupting common forms ofbias in evaluation settings. After viewing the film, participants will learn how thefilm can be effectively facilitated to help colleagues deconstruct bias and becomechange agents within their departments. Since many decisions at universitieshappen at the department level, change agents have considerable opportunity forinterrupting biases and holding colleagues accountable in transformational ways.The process of hiring engineering faculty must change if we want outcomes thatreproduce something other than the status quo. As Richard Tapia has noted, thehiring process is one of the most traditional, conservative processes in academiatoday. This film is intended to transform it. Audience members will receive aDVD copy of the film as well as a facilitation guide on how to effectively sharethis unique visual tool and its lessons.
Carrigan, C. (2011, June), Effectively Advocating for Diversity and Excellence in Faculty Searches Using Film Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17818
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