June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Women in Engineering
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ASEE Conference – Women in Engineering DivisionEngaging Male Faculty in Institutional Transformation The NDSU Advance FORWARD project, funded by the National Science FoundationADVANCE Institutional Transformation program in 2008, seeks to develop and implement acomprehensive research-driven strategy to increase participation of women in all science andengineering faculty and academic administrative positions. Specifically, Advance FORWARDstrives to improve the climate across campus, enhance faculty recruitment efforts, increasefaculty retention and advancement, and open leadership opportunities.The Campus Climate component of the project focuses upon both institutional and individualresponsibilities for working toward a gender diverse faculty and a supportive, inclusive, collegialenvironment; institutional rewards are tied to success in these areas. Several aspects of theFORWARD project have been created to intentionally involve men faculty. One unique initiativewithin the Campus Climate component is the Advocates and Allies program designed tospecifically involve faculty men in institutional change to transform departmental cultures andpractices. Advocates are charged with recruiting and training other faculty men as allies, andincreasing their own knowledge of topics such as unconscious bias and male privilege. Anotherinitiative is the Provost’s Commission on the Status of Women Faculty aims to transforminstitutional structures by proposing new policies to support participation and advancement ofwomen faculty; some men faculty serve as members of this committee. Additionally, genderequity/awareness training is offered to all faculty and staff, and climate/gender/equity grants areopen to men faculty in collaboration with women faculty.In this paper, we will discuss strategies for effectively engaging male faculty in institutionaltransformation leading to increased participation of women in all academic faculty ranks andadministrative positions. It is through purposeful inclusion of men faculty that AdvanceFORWARD has been able to reach many individuals on campus that might not have been opento learning about how to create a better campus climate for all.
Bilen-Green, C., & Green, R. A., & McGeorge, C., & Anicha, C. L., & Burnett, A. (2013, June), Engaging Male Faculty in Institutional Transformation Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19504
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