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ISU ADVANCE: Sustaining and Institutionalizing Efforts to Enhance Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women Faculty in Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Reports from ADVANCE Institutions

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Women in Engineering

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22.980.1 - 22.980.12



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Kristen P. Constant Iowa State University

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Kristen P. Constant is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. Her physical research is in the area of photonic materials and her academic research is related to Gender in the Sciences.

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ISU ADVANCE – Sustaining Efforts to Institutionalize Enhanced Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women Faculty in EngineeringISU is in the final year of a 5-year NSF-funded ADVANCE ‘Institutional Transformation’ grantwith a focus on changing the academic environment to be more conducive to the recruitment,retention and advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines. The program has involved amultilevel collaborative effort to transform departmental cultures (views, attitudes, norms andshared beliefs), practices (what people say and do), and structures (physical and socialarrangements), as well as university policies, through participation of individuals across theuniversity. Findings based on ISU ADVANCE research reveal key areas of strength that will bethe focus of institutionalization and sustainability beyond Year 5 of the program. Areas ofstrength include the role of the college Equity Advisor, the use of Institutional Research data andsurveys as a dashboard for progress, and the process of departmental collaborativetransformation. Training activities that have been identified as crucial to sustainability includedepartment chair training, search committee training, and training to avoid systemic unintendedbias. Additionally, ISU has been awarded an NSF Integration for Institutional Innovation (I3)grant entitled “Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU”, which includes goals in common with theISU ADVANCE program. The plan for transition and institutionalization will be described andthe anticipated challenges discussed.

Constant, K. P. (2011, June), ISU ADVANCE: Sustaining and Institutionalizing Efforts to Enhance Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women Faculty in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18213

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