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Programmatic Interventions for Developing Diverse Global Eminent Faculty Scholars Through International Collaborations

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session I

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Diversity and International Forum

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19.28.1 - 19.28.9



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Autumn Marie Reed University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Dr. Autumn M. Reed is Program Coordinator for ADVANCE Faculty Diversity Initiatives. In this role Dr. Reed develops educational-awareness programming and initiatives, maintains a clearing house of resources on faculty diversity equity issues, collects and reports data, coordinates program evaluation efforts, and provides support for the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty, the ADVANCE Executive Committee, and the UMBC Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and specializes in intercultural and gender communication, and implicit bias, as they relate to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty.

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Renetta G. Tull University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland), where she is the Co-PI and Founding Director for the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) for the 12 institutions in the University System of Maryland, and Co-PI Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at UMBC. Dr. Tull has worked with thousands of students from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and in Latin America through graduate school preparation workshops that have been sponsored by The National GEM Consortium, National Society of Black Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicano, and Native American Scientists, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Alliance/Merck Ciencia Hispanic Scholars Program. She has presented workshops on graduate school admissions, “The Success Equation,” STEM initiatives, and PhD Completion in Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and schools across the United States. Tull is on the board of advisors for the PNW-COSMOS Alliance to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students who complete STEM graduate programs, and is a speaker on “GRADLab” tour with the National GEM Consortium, giving talks across the US each Saturday morning during the Fall. Tull researched speech technology as former member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-authored several publications on achievement in STEM fields, and is a mentoring consultant for Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and MIT. She co-leads the “ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM” project in Puerto Rico, and the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions’ (LACCEI) “Women in STEM” forum. Tull is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer.”

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Programmatic Interventions for Developing Diverse Global Eminent Faculty Scholars Through International CollaborationsParticipation in formal and informal mentoring networks is a critical mechanism through whichengineering faculty accumulate the global academic capital necessary for career advancement.Often, due to their underrepresentation, the resulting isolation, and gendered structural barriers,female engineering faculty have less access to mentoring relationships than their malecounterparts. As a result of racial and gendered barriers, however, women of color in engineeringare even less likely than women from majority groups to have access to domestic U.S. mentoringnetworks and the critical international mentoring networks necessary for career advancement. Toaddress this issue, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is building upon itshighly successfully Eminent Scholar Mentoring program and International Engagement forWomen of Color project to create the Global Engagement Eminent Scholar Network (GEESN).This paper describes UMBC’s GEESN initiative, which has two components: a 2-year formalinternational mentoring project that pairs U.S. women of color in engineering with a prominentinternational engineer in the their field and the participation of a delegation of GEESMparticipants at two international conferences 1) The Latin American and Caribbean Consortiumof Engineering Intuitions (LACCEI) and 2) the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF).This presentation provides an overview of the literature and promising practices that inspired theformation of the GEESN initiative, as well as the development of both project components. Toconclude, the paper discusses the steps for the GEESN and reflects on the potential forexpanding and replicating this model at UMBC and other higher education institutions.

Reed, A. M., & Tull, R. G. (2015, June), Programmatic Interventions for Developing Diverse Global Eminent Faculty Scholars Through International Collaborations Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--17151

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