June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Women in Engineering
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Promising Organizational Practices for Increasing Faculty Gender EquityUniversity X is a land-grant institution with NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT)funding. The Provost serves as Principle Investigator. Some of the goals of the grant includeincreasing the number of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) disciplines, facilitating the promotion of women associates to full professor, providingsearch committee, department chair and peer committee training, and lowering barriers tosuccess at the departmental level. Prior to submitting the ADVANCE IT proposal, University Xcreated an Advancement Initiatives Council (AIC) with the charge of carrying out a number ofpreviously identified best practices to further these goals. When the ADVANCE project wasfunded, the AIC became the internal advisory committee for the program. AIC membersregularly receive training about best practices, faculty data from institutional studies, andoutcomes of the social science research. Members also directly support institutionalization ofprogram elements in their areas. University X has revised the charge, membership, structure,and activities of the AIC to enhance these roles of dissemination and institutionalization.Academic Deans with relevant departments rotate as chair of the AIC, and AIC members includefaculty drawn from those colleges, and staff members such as the Associate Vice President forHuman Resources, the Director of Equal Opportunity, the Director of the Women’s ResourceCenter, and the Director of the Employee Assistance Program. Based on our experiences and theobservations of the external evaluator, this paper analyzes the benefits of establishing the AICprior to submitting the NSF ADVANCE IT proposal, and the difficulties in transitioning to aneffective advisory committee that can also serve as a change agent. Important aspects ofrelationship building between the Director of the ADVANCE X Center and the deans serving aschairs of the AIC are described. The paper also describes how including key administratorsfacilitates immediate institutionalization of some of the ADVANCE objectives. Thoughts forother institutions, with and without ADVANCE funding, are offered.
Horton, K. J., & Fried, A., & Madden, M. (2013, June), Promising Organizational Practices for Increasing Faculty Gender Equity: A Case Study Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22381
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