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No More Duct Tape! Institutionalization of Advance Initiatives

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 5

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Women in Engineering

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Diversity

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12

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Carol Elizabeth Marchetti Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Dr. Carol Marchetti is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics courses and conducts research in statistics education, deaf education, and online learning. She is a co-PI on the NSF AdvanceRIT IT project and leads grant activities in salary equity and faculty data.

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Elizabeth Dell Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Professor Dell is an associate professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology department at RIT. She serves as the Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty and is co-PI for RIT's NSF ADVANCE project. Her research interests include: characterization of biodegradable plastics and environmental consideration in materials selection for production design, the impact of technology paired with active learning pedagogies on student learning, and effective strategies for increasing gender diversity in STEM disciplines.

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Maureen S. Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 23 years. She held the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety from 2000 to 2007 and Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology from 2007 to 2015. She is currently Professor in CETEMS and co-PI on the AdvanceRIT initiative. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on project-based service learning, women in technology programs and
the female faculty who teach them.

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Sharon Patricia Mason Rochester Institute of Technology

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Professor Sharon Mason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at RIT where she has served on the faculty since 1997. Sharon has been involved in computing security education at RIT since its inception. She is the PI of for the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) awards to RIT. These scholarships enable students to study and do research in graduate programs in security, forensics and information assurance. To date, scholarships to RIT students total more than $800,000.

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Margaret B. Bailey Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Professor Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Bailey teaches courses and conducts research related to Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. She is the co-author on an engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions. Dr. Bailey is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the RIT NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. The goal of this multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort is to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty. At the university level, she serves as Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE and co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women.

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DeLois Kijana Crawford Rochester Institute of Technology (GCCIS)

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Dr. Crawford is the Women of Color Team Leader for the ADVANCE@RIT Grant. She is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Abstract

NSF Advance-funded institutional transformation (IT) projects come with prestige and funding to launch initiatives aimed at transforming the organization and ultimately increasing the representation of women STEM faculty while improving their career journeys. Activities such as professional development workshops, networking opportunities, data collection and analysis can be welcomed by faculty and administrators for the value they add at little cost to the institution. However, external funding serves as “duct tape” adhering these activities to the university structure. Activities are best placed to continue beyond external funding when they are embedded in the university structure during the IT project. A large private university, in its fifth year of an IT grant (NSF ADVANCE #xxxxxxx), has several Advance initiatives in the process of institutionalization. These include Support for New Parents, Faculty Climate Data, Faculty Exit Survey Process, Dual Career Assistance Program, Faculty Objective Data (NSF Indicators), and Faculty Salary Equity Analysis.

Progress toward sustainability within university structures for these activities can be attributed to a practice of initiating, partnering, and policy making. 1. Advance team members and key campus partners “Shine a Light” on barriers and opportunities through literature reviews, benchmarking, and objective data analysis, then provide a structure for change initiatives. 2. Partnerships between Advance and existing campus entities provide exposure for new initiatives and allow the campus to provide input and feedback. Governance groups and administrative offices are key. 3. Institutionalization occurs by establishing policies and procedures that faculty and administrators can use. Faculty policy is created through shared governance. University policies and procedures are created through administrative offices such as Human Resources and Institutional Research.

This paper describes a subset of the IT activities underway at RIT, highlighting progress toward sustainability based on the practice of initiating, partnering, and policy making.

Marchetti, C. E., & Dell, E., & Valentine, M. S., & Mason, S. P., & Bailey, M. B., & Crawford, D. K. (2017, June), No More Duct Tape! Institutionalization of Advance Initiatives Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28706

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