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Establishing the Foundation for Future Organizational Reform and Transformation at a Large Private University to Expand the Representation of Women Faculty

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Reports from ADVANCE Institutions

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Women in Engineering

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23

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22.640.1 - 22.640.23

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https://peer.asee.org/17921

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Margaret B. Bailey Rochester Institute of Technology

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Margaret Bailey is Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT and is the Founding Executive Director for the nationally recognized women in engineering program called WE@RIT. She recently accepted the role as Faculty Associate to the Provost for Female Faculty and serves as the co-chair on the President’s Commission on Women. She began her academic career as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, being the first woman civilian faculty member in her department. Margaret maintains a research program in the area of advanced thermodynamic analyses and health monitoring of energy intensive systems.

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Carol Elizabeth Marchetti Rochester Institute of Technology

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School of Mathematical Sciences

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Elizabeth A. DeBartolo Rochester Institute of Technology

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Elizabeth A. DeBartolo is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned her B.S.E. at Duke University in 1994 and her M.S.M.E. and Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1996 and 2000, respectively. She works with students on assistive device design and determining mechanical properties of biological materials. Dr. DeBartolo serves on her college's leadership teams for both multi-disciplinary capstone design and outreach program development.

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Jacqueline R. Mozrall Rochester Institute of Technology

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Jacqueline Reynolds Mozrall, Ph.D. is a Professor and Associate Dean in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT, previously serving as Department Head in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She performed ergonomic training, job/workplace design, and product development functions in manufacturing and office environments for several years. Most recently, she has been engaged in research and activities related to the recruitment and advancement of women students and faculty in STEM-related areas. She has a keen interest in undergraduate education and has been significantly involved in program assessment and evaluation. She currently serves as a program evaluator and training mentor for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). She is also involved in the coordination of a multi-disciplinary senior design experience and honors program for undergraduate engineering students at RIT. She received a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. All three of her degrees are in Industrial Engineering.

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Gina M. Williams Rochester Institute of Technology

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Experienced Human Resources Analyst with twelve years experience in Human Resources specializing in Oracle HR process design, implementation and university reporting and metrics and affirmative action. Additional eleven years experience in Internal Audit in a University and Bank setting.

Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with B.S. in Business and a concentration in computer science.

Currently working on providing research and analysis for the EFFORT@RIT project (a two-year study which supports institutional self-assessment activities focused on the recruitment, retention and promotion of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments.) Funding for the study comes from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program.

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Sharon Patricia Mason Rochester Institute of Technology

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Maureen S. Valentine P.E. Rochester Institute of Technology

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Professor Valentine, P.E., has been a faculty member at RIT for over 18 years and held the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety from 2000 to 2008. She is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on women in technology programs, and the female faculty who teach them.

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Stefi Baum Rochester Institute of Technology

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Steven LaLonde Rochester Institute of Technology

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Abstract

Establishing the Foundation for Future Organizational Reform and Transformation at a Large Private University to Expand the Representation of Women FacultyThe ongoing ADVANCE IT-Catalyst project, “Establishing the Foundation forFuture Organizational Reform and Transformation at Rochester Institute ofTechnology” (EFFORT@RIT) is a three-year study across six colleges whichinclude STEM disciplines. The overarching project mission is to increase therepresentation and advancement of women STEM faculty. In order to achieve thismission, the project goal is to develop an evidence-based approach to addressfactors resulting in the under-representation of women in STEM faculty positions.The research objective is to identify barriers for current women STEM faculty inregards to rank, tenure, leadership role progression, and resource allocation in orderto establish how well the university addresses issues that have been found to beimportant in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. Duringthe first year of the study, the research team collected and analyzed data on thefactors that women seek in an academic position through objective data review andrelated activities. In year two, additional data was assembled and analyzed throughbenchmarking and a university-wide faculty work-life survey with response ratesexceeded 70% in each of the primary STEM colleges. During the current year,collected data is analyzed holistically to determine how well the university provides(or fails to provide) for the elements that women seek in an academic position andresults are disseminated.This paper explores answers to the following research questions in the context ofRIT: What is the distribution of science and engineering faculty by gender, rank,and department? What are the outcomes of institutional processes of recruitmentand advancement for men and women? What is the gender distribution of scienceand engineering faculty in leadership positions? What is the allocation of resourcesfor science and engineering faculty? Are there barriers to the recruitment andadvancement of women? How successful are existing structures at addressing thesebarriers? In addition, accomplishments over the grant period are summarized andplans for institutionalizing various grant activities are explored.

Bailey, M. B., & Marchetti, C. E., & DeBartolo, E. A., & Mozrall, J. R., & Williams, G. M., & Mason, S. P., & Valentine, M. S., & Baum, S., & LaLonde, S. (2011, June), Establishing the Foundation for Future Organizational Reform and Transformation at a Large Private University to Expand the Representation of Women Faculty Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17921

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