June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
22.640.1 - 22.640.23
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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