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Gender Equality in the Information Systems and Technology Fields: A Comprehensive Diagnosis at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Curriculum and Assessment III

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Computing and Information Technology

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Rosa Maria Castro Fernandes Vasconcelos University of Minho Orcid 16x16

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Rosa Maria de Castro Fernandes Vasconcelos is a Associate Professor at the Department of Textile Engineering since 2005. Degree in Textile Engineering by the University of Minho. Professor at the University of Minho since 1984. PhD in Engineering –Technology and Textile Chemistry by the University of Minho in 1993. Rieter Award, 1993.

Responsible for several curricular units in the integrated study cycles in Textitle Engineering and Engineering and Industrial Management, in the 1st cycle course of Design and Fashion Marketing, and also in the 2nd cycle courses of Fashion Design and Communication, Textile Chemistry, Advanced Textiles and Design and Marketing.

Head research and research member of several R&D projects, has presented as main author or co-author many dozens of scientific journal papers and communications in international conferences.

President of the Pedagogical Council of the School of Engineering since 2011 and Vice-Dean of School of Engineering

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Victor F. A. Barros University of Minho Orcid 16x16

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Victor F. A. Barros, Ing.-Paed IGIP (ORCID 0000-0002-7318-8257) is Researcher Fellow at Algoritmi Centre/University of Minho (Portugal) working on H2020 Project titled “Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions, EQUAL-IST”. He is Member of Intersociety Cooperation Committee, Standing Committee of the IEEE Education Society; Vice President of Brazilian Chapter of Association of Information Systems (BRAIS); Vice President of the Portuguese Chapter of the IEEE Women in Engineering (IEEE WiE); and Associate Editor of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He is Editor-in-Chief of Brazilian Journal of Education, Technology and Society (BRAJETS) and Associate Editor of Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management (JISTEM). He is titled “Engineering Educator Professor” by the IGIP (International Society for Engineering Pedagogy) and Professor of the IGIP Engineering Educator Certificate Program. He is Executive Director at International Institute of Education (IIE) and Executive Secretary of Science and Education Research Organization (COPEC). He is President of Brazilian Citizen Council of Porto/Portugal (CCBP) and Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Citizen Abroad Council (CRBE) linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty). He is Publication Chair/Member of Organization of the IEEE EDUNINE and more than 10 others international conferences around the world. He is involved in more than 10 research projects and He is Collaborator Researcher of the several Research Groups, namely: ISTTOS at Algoritmi Centre of the University of Minho (Portugal); NEPIAP and NEPEC at IFG (Brazil); LDGM at UNESP (Brazil); TECSI and OMTID at USP (Brazil).

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Luis Alfredo Martins Amaral P.E. University of Minho Orcid 16x16

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Born in 1960 is Associate Professor at Department of Information Systems in the School of Engineering of University of Minho. Researches and teaches in the areas of Information Systems Planning, Information Systems Management and the Information Society, especially in the field of Public Administration. Chairman of the Board of the GCC - Computer Graphics Center since 2005. Pró-Rector of University of Minho between 2006 and 2009. President of the National College of Informatics (Order of Engineers) since 2010.

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Emilia Rodrigues Araújo University of Minho

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Is professor at the Department of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, in the University of Minho. She holds a PhD in Sociology, since 2005. She teaches in the field of methodologies, culture and technoscience and has been researching on sociology of time, mobilities and science. She was the Principal Investigator of the project “Mobiscience - trajectories of Portuguese researchers and knowledge circulation. She has many international and national publication on the topics of gender, time uses, mobilities and lifestyles. She has also several consultancy participations on projects concerning cities, mobilities and sustainability. She is a member of the Portuguese Sociology Association and of ECREA. Currently she is serving as vice-president of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho.

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Isabel Ramos University of Minho

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Gender equality in academia and science has been a central theme in several scientific studies around the world. Over the last few years, there has been an extensive literature production on the explicit and implicit processes that drive gender inequalities and make them persist over time. In contexts of increasing mobility, globalization and cultural change, it is urgent that science and education policies, defined in the context of Universities and their human resources (including teaching, non-teaching staff as well as students), recognize the existence of gender inequalities and promote effective measures for its eradication, in a collective and participatory approach. Despite the production of literature attesting the existence of gender inequalities in academia, which documents processes of segregation and discrimination that affect the various participants of the organization as well as a set of methodological proposals to overcome them, it has not proved sufficient to change the reality of practices in teaching and research institutions Since gender inequality is a transversal problem and holds implications for the University as a whole, and individually for the people that compose it, this study documents the initial measures implemented at Engineering School, as part of Project EQUAL_IST- Gender Equality Plan for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions, which is being carried out by teams in several European countries, and aims, mainly, to study and intervene in the advancement of gender equality in the area of Technology and Information systems.

Vasconcelos, R. M. C. F., & Barros, V. F. A., & Amaral, L. A. M., & Araújo, E. R., & Ramos, I. (2019, June), Gender Equality in the Information Systems and Technology Fields: A Comprehensive Diagnosis at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32870

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