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Panel Discussion: Attaining Academic Leadership Positions

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Attaining Academic Leadership Positions

Tagged Division

Women in Engineering

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

25.1021.1 - 25.1021.9

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/21778

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23

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Beena Sukumaran Rowan University

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Beena Sukumaran, professor and Chair of civil and environmental engineering at Rowan University is Director of Large for the Women in Engineering Division since 2009. She has been actively involved in developing Rowan's unique engineering curriculum, especially engineering clinics. She has worked extensively to encourage the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering by participating in programs such as the Attracting Women into Engineering (AWE) workshop for middle school girls, NAACP’s ACT-SO program, and the CHAMPS program.

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Chris S. Anderson Michigan Technological University

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Chris Anderson's career began as a middle school science teacher and an instructor at the post-secondary level, which then led to program administration. She has extensive experience developing precollege academic programs and diversity, retention, and student support programs. Her current role involves establishing and maintaining partnerships with secondary schools, community colleges, corporations, and state and national organizations that help strengthen the University’s outreach, recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented student populations, as well as the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff. Michigan Tech’s ongoing climate study is directed by Anderson. She advises and reviews unit diversity plans with the provost and deans on an annual basis. Anderson provides leadership for these and other institutional-wide initiatives. She is a co-PI on a number of NSF grants (e.g. ADVANCE) and is active in national and state organizations and consortiums (WEPAN, SWE, KCP, DAPCEP, etc.).

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Dianne Dorland Rowan University

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Dianne Dorland is a professor of chemical engineering and served for10 years as Dean of the College of Engineering at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J. She received her B.S. and M.S. in ChemE from SDSM&T before joining Union Carbide in South Charleston, W.V. in 1970. After further experience with DuPont, Dorland earned a Ph.D. in ChemE from WVU in 1985. She joined the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1986, heading the ChemE Department from 1990-2000 before joining Rowan as Dean in 2000. Dorland served as 2003 President of AIChE. A Licensed Professional Engineer, she has worked extensively with industry and government agencies and was named the 2008 Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council in Philadelphia.

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Sarah A. Rajala Mississippi State University

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Sarah A. Rajala is professor and Dean of engineering at Mississippi State University. Previously, she served on the faculty at North Carolina State University and Purdue University. She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. Her research expertise is in the analysis and process of images and image sequences and on engineering educational assessment. Rajala is the Past President of ASEE, Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), and incoming Chair of the ASEE Public Policy Committee. She is a Fellow of AAAS, ASEE, and IEEE.

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Mary Roth Lafayette College

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Mary Roth is Associate Provost for Academic Operations at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., and is the Simon Cameron Long Professor of civil and environmental engineering. She is a member of the President’s senior staff and the Provost's cabinet. Her duties include serving as the Assessment Coordinator for academic division, the college’s Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the liaison to campus facilities department on capital projects and space assignments related to the academic division, and oversight of the academic division budgets. She coordinates the interdisciplinary programs and has served as project shepherd for a new interdisciplinary science building and renovation of existing commercial structures to be used as facilities for programs in theater and in film and media studies. Roth holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and is a Licensed Engineer. She has taught extensively and conducted research in the area of geotechnical engineering.

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Abstract

Panel Discussion: Attaining Academic Leadership PositionsThe Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of ASEE will be organizing a panel featuringacademic leaders who will provide valuable insight on how academics can move into leadershippositions. The anticipated panelists will include a Provost, Dean, a full Professor and EndowedChair and a Department Head, which may be revised. The panelists will address the followingquestions or some variation of it:  How did you get your leadership position?  What can faculty do to position themselves to move into leadership positions?  What can faculty do to prepare themselves to be successful in this type of position?  Are there special challenges that you faced and how did you handle it?  Are there any skills that were especially helpful for being successful in the position you are in? The panel will be interactive and the audience will have various opportunities to ask questions of the panelists. It is expected that this panel will be informative and insightful and provide a tremendous opportunity to ask our current academic leaders to reflect on their experiences and provide insights to the future leaders of the academic profession.

Sukumaran, B., & Anderson, C. S., & Dorland, D., & Rajala, S. A., & Roth, M. (2012, June), Panel Discussion: Attaining Academic Leadership Positions Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21778

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