June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Minorities in Engineering
The NSF-funded Preparing Future Minority Faculty (PFMF) project is designed to increase the number of graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows from underrepresented groups that ultimately become leading professors in engineering, engineering technology, and the sciences at institutions of higher education. The PFMF project seeks to improve minority faculty success by providing mentorship, extensive training in best practices, and actual experiences in teaching, research, and service. A key focus of the project is to present an integrated view of the roles of a professional academic career through activities including, but not limited, to: 1) seminars and hands-on workshops on development of professional credentials, time management, negotiating a contract, and long range career planning, 2) mentorship by a tenured professor, 3) workshops on designing courses, teaching techniques, conflict resolution, grading homework, authoring effective examinations, student advising, etc., 4) teaching experiences in one or more courses in STEM subjects at the university, and 5) an annual 1-day symposium that includes various sessions to prepare fellows for the professoriate. Furthermore, the PFMF team has worked to build an effective network of resources, contributors, and affiliate organizations and institutions with the collective goal of preparing minority students for faculty careers. In order to assess the level of academic career professional development engagement by our fellows, pre-program and pre- & post-symposium surveys were administered to participants in the PFMF program. Our surveys explore participant attitudes and experiences at different points in the training process. The surveys also provide invaluable information about common obstacles to minority career development and opportunities for significant impact. Our results thus far have been more than promising. This paper highlights the logic models, effective strategies, training materials, survey results, and findings from year one of the three-year project. In our discussion of the PFMF program, we provide broader insights into the process of training and mentoring minority students to prepare them for successful careers as faculty members.
Boyd-Williams, A. A., & Bigsby, S., & Gloster, C., & Sowells-Boone, E., & Melton, M. A. (2019, June), Preparing Future Minority Faculty for the Professoriate (Experience) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33191
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