June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.1286.1 - 10.1286.14
The “FORWARD to Professorship” Workshop
Catherine Mavriplis, Rachelle Heller,
George Washington University, Washington DC
Charlene Sorensen, H. David Snyder
Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
“FORWARD to Professorship” is a workshop that aims to help women and other underrepresented groups in Science, Engineering and Mathematics succeed in obtaining tenure-track faculty positions and in acquiring tenure. The workshop addresses skills and strategies to survive and excel in academia. Participants from wide geographical, disciplinary and career level backgrounds come together for a three-day workshop in May. Participant rating of the activities and the entire workshop experience has been very positive. Several months after the workshop, participants report increased confidence and networking, aiding them in their career development.
The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s ADVANCE program seeks to “increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.”1 With this goal in mind, we developed the “FORWARD to Professorship” workshop to address unmet needs of women seeking, interested in or occupying tenure- track assistant professor positions in science, engineering and mathematics (SEM). This workshop was developed from a similar workshop, “FORWARD to Graduate School” that we created and ran from 1998 to 2001, under NSF funding for SEM women at the undergraduate to graduate junction. The current workshop is funded by a NSF ADVANCE Leadership award.
In spite of the fact that women have been attaining doctorates, in general, at higher rates in recent years, their representation within science and engineering faculty remains small2. This discrepancy points to obstacles at the employment level for which few new faculty are prepared3,4. Institutional reform may correct some of the more obvious biases on a short time scale but will take a much longer time to fill in mismatches between the academic culture as practiced at most institutions and the professional and workplace lifestyle needs of women faculty.
“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”
Heller, R., & Snyder, H. D., & Mavriplis, C., & Sorensen, C. (2005, June), The Forward To Professorship Workshop Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14369
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