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Mentoring Programs Supporting Junior Faculty

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Training and Support for NEEs

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New Engineering Educators

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23.898.1 - 23.898.9

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Canan Bilen-Green North Dakota State University

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Canan Bilen-Green is Dale Hogoboom Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Director of the ADVANCE Program at North Dakota State University. She holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Statistics from the University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. She was recently appointed to serve as the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, a new position created as part of institutionalization of the NSF ADVANCE Program at NDSU.

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Roger A. Green North Dakota State University

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Roger Green received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1992, 1994, and 1998, respectively. During his Ph.D. studies, he also obtained a graduate minor in statistics.

He is currently an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at North Dakota State University, where he teaches courses in signals and systems, digital signal processing, random processes, communications, controls, embedded systems, and others. His main research interests include digital and statistical signal processing, time series analysis, spectral and time-frequency analysis, array processing, real-time systems, and data adaptive techniques.

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Christi McGeorge North Dakota State University

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Dr. Christi McGeorge is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). She is the internal evaluator for the NSF Advance Institutional Transformation Grant received by NDSU.

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Elizabeth J. Birmingham North Dakota State University

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Elizabeth Birmingham is Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has been a member of her university's ADVANCE team, and teaches English at North Dakota State University.

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Ann Burnett North Dakota State University

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ASEE Conference – New Engineering Faculty DivisionMentoring Programs Supporting Junior Faculty The NDSU Advance FORWARD project, funded by the National Science FoundationADVANCE Institutional Transformation program in 2008, seeks to develop and implement acomprehensive research-driven strategy to increase participation of women in all science andengineering faculty and academic administrative positions. Specifically, Advance FORWARDstrives to improve the climate across campus, enhance faculty recruitment efforts, increasefaculty retention and advancement, and open leadership opportunities.One avenue for achieving the FORWARD goals is through the establishment and ongoingdevelopment of a mentoring program. The mentoring cohort program originated as part of theNDSU Advance FORWARD project’s effort to support junior women faculty. Different fromthe original one-on-one mentoring program previously offered to all junior faculty on campus,the cohort mentoring component of the ADVANCE project has been consolidated with thecampus-wide first-year faculty program sponsored by the Provost. Each cohort group includestwo to four junior faculty and two senior faculty serving as mentors. Cohorts are same sex, asstudies have shown that women strongly prefer other women as their mentors, and same genderrelationships provide women with more psychosocial support. Several training opportunitieshave been provided for faculty mentors and mentees concerning issues, roles, opportunities, andgoal setting. Research suggests that good mentoring is enhanced when the parties involved havetraining and contracts outlining roles and responsibilities. A unique element of this mentoringprogram is that all incoming faculty are invited to participate in a single mentoring cohortthrough their third year review. Having access to a formal support network through this criticalstage is important for junior faculty success and retention.In this paper we will provide specific details about the junior faculty cohort mentoring programand the assessment measures we have developed. We will also discuss the participants’ benefits.

Bilen-Green, C., & Green, R. A., & McGeorge, C., & Birmingham, E. J., & Burnett, A. (2013, June), Mentoring Programs Supporting Junior Faculty Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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