June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Women in Engineering
The University of Delaware (UD) currently holds an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (NSF HRD 1409472, 2014-2019) that aims to recruit, retain, and advance to leadership women faculty and women faculty of color, especially in STEM and in other fields where women are underrepresented. UD previously held a smaller NSF ADVANCE PAID grant (0819993) from 2008-2013 that targeted the College of Engineering and the natural sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences. This smaller grant aimed to recruit, retain and improve the climate for women STEM faculty in participating departments.
How does one measure the impact of programs that are geared toward increasing faculty diversity and improving climate? In the long term, faculty representation data may indicate progress toward increased diversity. Faculty surveys and interviews can characterize aspects of institutional climate. But institutional change occurs slowly, and measurable progress may take years. In the meantime, project leaders look for other, shorter-term indications of progress.
In this paper we describe how we measure short- and mid-term impact of UD ADVANCE initiatives. We measure the impact of these programs in traditional ways – e.g., tracking number of attendees and examining hiring and retention patterns. We discuss additional evidence of impact in the form of unintended positive outcomes and sustainable programmatic offshoots. One example focuses on the indirect, but measurable, impact of faculty recruitment workshops developed under our earlier PAID grant. From our current IT grant, we provide examples of some unintended positive outcomes and offshoots of our informal mentoring and networking efforts in the College of Engineering. We connect our discussion of indirect impact measures with a discussion of the importance of institutionalizing programs like ADVANCE beyond the grant-funded years.
Andreasen, R., & Doty, H. W., & Cook, L. P. (2017, June), Measuring the Impact of NSF ADVANCE Programming at the University of Delaware Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28658
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