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Ndsu Advance Forward: Enhancing Recruitment, Retention, And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering At North Dakota State University

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

ADVANCE Grants and Institutional Transformation

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Women in Engineering

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

15.910.1 - 15.910.12

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https://peer.asee.org/16575

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Canan Bilen-Green North Dakota State University

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Canan Bilen-Green is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University. Bilen-Green 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, Turkey.

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Elizabeth Birmingham North Dakota State University

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Elizabeth Birmingham is an Associate Professor of English at North Dakota State University. Birmingham has a Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric and Professional Communication and an M.A. in creative writing from Iowa State University.

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Ann Burnett North Dakota State University

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Ann Burnett is an Associate Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University. Burnett holds a Ph.D. degree in Communication from the University of Utah and an M.A. degree in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Roger Green North Dakota State University

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Roger Green is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University. Green holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

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NDSU Advance FORWARD: Challenges and Recommendations to Enhancing Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Faculty Abstract

The NDSU Advance FORWARD project, funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program in 2008, seeks to develop and implement a comprehensive research-driven strategy to increase participation of women in all science and engineering faculty and academic administrative positions. Advance FORWARD (Focus on Resources for Women’s Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development) builds on the earlier work of North Dakota State University’s self-initiated FORWARD committee, a group of faculty and administrators who came together in 2002 out of a shared concern about the slow advancement of women faculty in science and engineering departments. Specifically, Advance FORWARD strives to improve the climate across campus, enhance faculty recruitment efforts, increase faculty retention and advancement, and open leadership opportunities. In this paper we discuss various challenges that we have encountered while implementing our programs and offer recommendations so that other institutions interested in developing similar programs can avoid the same pitfalls. In order to provide a context for our recommendations, we provide background on our institution, describe key initiatives that have been implemented to date, and summarize baseline data.

Introduction

Since its inception in 2001, 37 institutions across the country have received a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformational Award. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. The North Dakota State University Advance FORWARD (Focus on Resources for Women’s Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development) project, funded by NSF in 2008, seeks to develop and implement a comprehensive research-driven strategy to increase participation of women in all faculty and academic administrative positions. As NSF funding is limited to science and engineering, the institution provides funds for faculty not in science and engineering disciplines.

Universities often maintain processes that unfairly disadvantage women and minorities, which is contrary to “principles of social equity rooted both in democratic ideology”1 and contrary to the ideal that scientific careers “be open to talent.”2 Over the last thirty years, research on the nature of organizations3,4,5 provides convincing evidence that assumptions about the neutrality of organizational structures and dynamics have obscured mechanisms that systematically limit women. Organizations are, in fact, gendered to the extent that they pattern “advantage and disadvantage, exploitation and control, action and emotion, meaning and identity,” in terms of distinctions between “male and female, masculine and feminine.”6 Acknowledgement of such gender-based organizational patterns is essential to understanding the historical and persistent ways women have been disadvantaged in university departments. 7-12 In addition, institutional patterns are further complicated by the intersection of gender and race, which, acting in consort, doubly jeopardize the advancement for women of color in the sciences.13 Therefore, it is critical

Bilen-Green, C., & Birmingham, E., & Burnett, A., & Green, R. (2010, June), Ndsu Advance Forward: Enhancing Recruitment, Retention, And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering At North Dakota State University Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16575

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