June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Women in Engineering
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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