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Minorities in Engineering
Although there has been an increase in the number of diverse students enrolling in engineering programs, the dismal progress in the representation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with varying abilities among College of Engineering faculty highlight the need for more work in this area. Given this problem, this project builds on this need by focusing on Black women engineering faculty-- a group that is one of the least represented among their colleagues. Their underrepresentation is partly explained by idiosyncrasies in their experiences that lead to varying career outcomes; existing literature highlights four salient factors. Using Messick’s theory of instrument development as a methodological framework, the long-term goal of this study is to develop the Faculty Experiences & Outcomes Multidimensional Scale (FEOMS)-- a valid and reliable instrument that examines the influence of mentoring, organizational climate, incivility, and perceptions of role expectations on career outcomes and jobs satisfaction among Black women faculty in engineering. The initial draft of FEOMS includes 55 items that were modifications of items on existing scales that measured these four constructs individually. This paper presents the results of a pilot study including responses from 111 survey participants. The item analysis and polychoric correlation matrix offer preliminary evidence for the content, substantive and structural validity of the instrument. Additionally, these results link existing bodies of work by revealing empirical links between these latent constructs. Next steps for gathering additional validity evidence for the FEOMS are also discussed. Ultimately, this work will contribute to a more nuanced understanding how to familiar constructs and will have implications for broadening participation across all levels of engineering education.
London, J. S., & Adams, S. G., & Brisbane, J. M., & Pee, C. M. (2020, June), Toward the Development of a Scale Linking Underrepresented Engineering Faculty’s Workplace Experiences and Career Outcomes Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35395
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