June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Women in Engineering
24.1044.1 - 24.1044.20
Research Leadership Development Initiative: An Experiment for a Research Career ChoiceAbstractInitiated in Fall 2012, the Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI) is a leadershipprogram designed to develop skills for associate and early full professors so they are prepared tolead collaborative research teams of peers in activities such as centers, institutes, and/or multi-institutional collaborations. The goal of the program is to create a cohort, of at least 50%women, who are prepared and confident research leaders who choose to create researchinitiatives that are larger than their current scope of activities. These initiatives could includeresearch consortia, research centers or large multi-institutional projects. Through the programcomponents it is anticipated the faculty gain the following:• Capacity to influence team dynamics and project outcomes through learning how to manage and leverage differences across working styles, approaches, backgrounds, and disciplines.• Knowledge about toolkits for communication, project management, negotiation, and influencing people.• Self-awareness of their leadership capabilities and ways to increase their impact in their roles as leaders.• Recognition and visibility by university leadership as proactive research leaders within and outside the institution.In year one, fourteen faculty members participated (7 women and 7 men). In year two, twelvefaculty members are participating (6 women and 6 men). Five colleges are represented in yearsone and two: College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Computer and InformationSciences, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and College of Health Sciences. Theworkshop leaders in year one included 4 women and 9 men and in year two, 3 women and 3men. In addition to skill building workshops, ReDI participants meet with research centerdirectors and participate in two team projects: one with ReDI team members and one theydesign with their specific research program in mind.This paper will describe years one and two of ReDI programming and the information gleanedfrom the on-going program evaluation, as well as the tracking data on what types of researchgrants have been submitted from members of Cohort 1. The ReDI program leaders will describehow they have engaged the faculty participants in the program re-design and outcomes to date.
Wadia-Fascetti, S., & Rinehart, J., & Pitts, S. (2014, June), Research Leadership Development Initiative: An Experiment for a Research Career Choice Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22977
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