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Recruiting And Retaining Female Faculty At Utah State University

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Women Faculty & the NSF ADVANCE Program

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10.1062.1 - 10.1062.10

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Ryan Dupont

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Mary Feng

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Hailey Christine

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Recr uiting and Retaining Engineer ing Female Faculty at Utah State Univer sity

Mar y Feng, Chr istine Hailey, R. Ryan Dupont, Kim Sullivan Utah State Univer sity

Intr oduction

ADVANCE at Utah State University (USU) is a five-year institutional transformation project funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation and advancement of women faculty in the sciences and engineering. A multi-disciplinary team of faculty members from the Colleges of Business; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources and Science work on the project. The project addresses problems that impact the effectiveness and satisfaction of all faculty members, but weighs more heavily on women and underrepresented minorities. Our research strives to identify the bottlenecks to advancement, initiate change procedures and track outcomes. ADVANCE efforts focus on three main areas: Departmental Climate, Policies and Procedures and Faculty Recruitment. The ADVANCE program has been in place at Utah State for 2 years. Research on ADVANCE topics has been on-going for 3 years.

The ADVANCE team at Utah State University is lead by Ronda Callister, an Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources. Professor Callister is serving as the principal investigator on this project because of her background in improving and changing organizations. Co- Principle Investigators include Christine Hailey, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering, Christine Hult, Associate Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Robert Schmidt, Associate Professor in Environment and Society, and Kim Sullivan, Associate Professor in Biology. Mary Feng serves as the ADVANCE project leader. Ryan Dupont is the leader of the Science and Engineering Recruitment Team (SERT).

Initial Conditions

As the ADVANCE team developed the Utah State ADVANCE project, we realized that we needed to know the local issues concerning recruitment and retention that were important to women faculty in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Utah State. In 2002 and 2003, the ADVANCE team interviewed current and recent women faculty (n = 42) and a matched sample (n = 40) of male faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Natural Resources and Science.1 We asked each faculty member:

1) What factors at USU contributed to your career success and job satisfaction? 2) What factors at USU were obstacles to success or sources of job dissatisfaction?

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Dupont, R., & Feng, M., & Christine, H. (2005, June), Recruiting And Retaining Female Faculty At Utah State University Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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