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Perceived Levels of Faculty Value, Influence, and Satisfaction by Gender, Rank, Ethnicity, College, and Department at a Large Private University

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

ADVANCE and Related Faculty Issues

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Women in Engineering

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25.1032.1 - 25.1032.17



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Carol E. Marchetti Rochester Institute of Technology

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Carol Marchetti received her B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in operations research from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Rochester. Her experience includes teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics courses at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at RIT. Her research interests include statistics education, collaborative learning, deaf education, and online learning.

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Margaret B. Bailey Rochester Institute of Technology

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Margaret B. Bailey, P.E., is a professor of mechanical engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) located in Rochester, N.Y. Bailey is also the Founding Executive Director for the nationally recognized women in engineering program called WE@RIT ( At the institute level, Bailey serves as Faculty Associate to the Provost for female faculty and she co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women. In these roles, she leads efforts to create strategies to increase the representation of women undergraduate students and improve recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. Within her college, Bailey teaches energy-related courses and serves as a mentor and advisor to undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering students who are involved in her research. Bailey teaches courses related to thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, and design. She is actively involved in curricular development and assessment activities, ranging from individual courses to college and institute-wide programs. Bailey and her graduate students conduct research in thermodynamic analyses of complex, energy-intensive systems such as coal-fired power plants and commercial refrigeration plants.

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Stefi Alison Baum Rochester Institute of Technology

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Sharon Patricia Mason Rochester Institute of Technology


Maureen S. Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology

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Maureen Valentine, P.E., has been a faculty member at RIT for more than 19 years and held the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management, and Safety from 2000 to 2008. She is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. Her scholarly activities recently have focused on women in technology programs and the female faculty who teach them.

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Faculty Levels of Value, Influence, & Satisfaction: Establishing theFoundation for Future Organizational Reform and Transformationto Expand the Representation of Women Faculty at a Large Private UniversityThe ongoing ADVANCE IT-Catalyst project, “Establishing the Foundation forFuture Organizational Reform and Transformation at Rochester Institute ofTechnology” (EFFORT@RIT) is a multi-year study across six colleges whichinclude STEM disciplines. The overarching project mission is to increase therepresentation and advancement of women STEM faculty. In order to achieve thismission, the project goal is to develop an evidence-based approach to addressfactors resulting in the under-representation of women in STEM faculty positions.The research objective is to identify barriers for current women STEM faculty inregards to rank, tenure, leadership role progression, and resource allocation in orderto establish how well the university addresses issues that have been found to beimportant in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. In yeartwo of the study, a university-wide faculty work-life survey was administered withresponse rates exceeding 70% in each of the primary STEM colleges. During yearthree of the study, the survey results were analyzed to examine how gender,ethnicity, and faculty perception of value and influence are associated with reportedoverall satisfaction with one’s position at the university.This paper explores answers to the following research questions in the context ofRIT: Which factors best explain reported overall satisfaction with one’s position atthe university? How is satisfaction related to faculty perception of value andinfluence? Are there differences in perceived value and influence by gender orethnicity? In addition, the paper will explore how answers to these researchquestions support and inform the creation of a large institutional transformationstrategy.\

Marchetti, C. E., & Bailey, M. B., & Baum, S. A., & Mason, S. P., & Valentine, M. S. (2012, June), Perceived Levels of Faculty Value, Influence, and Satisfaction by Gender, Rank, Ethnicity, College, and Department at a Large Private University Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21789

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