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Transitioning from WISE to WISER–Life After an NSF ADVANCE Grant

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity


Crystal City, Virginia

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April 14, 2019

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April 14, 2019

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April 22, 2019

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Track: Faculty - Technical Session 5

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Diversity and Faculty

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Leanne DeVreugd Oakland University

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Leanne DeVreugd is the Program Coordinator for the Women in Science, Engineering, and Research Program (WISER) and other faculty development initiatives of the Research Office at Oakland University. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oakland University, completing her Master's of Public Administration in 2011 and post-Master's certificate in Human Resources Management in 2017.

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Laila Guessous Oakland University

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Laila Guessous, Ph.D. is a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, MI. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with an emphasis on computational methods. She was the program director for the NSF-funded AERIM REU program at OU, as well as a co-PI on the Oakland University WISE@OU NSF ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) grant.

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Julie Walters Oakland University

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Julie Walters, J.D., Ph.D., Is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Her research and teaching
address various aspects of science and technology, healthcare, organizational behavior, law and public policy, governance, social theory, and culture.

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Bradley John Roth

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Brad Roth is a Professor of Physics and the director of the Center for Biomedical Research at Oakland University. His research interests include the mathematical modeling of bioelectric, biomagnetic, and biomechanical phenomena. He is coauthor of the 4th edition of the textbook Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, and is a coPI for the NSF-funded Women in Science and Engineering at Oakland University (WISE@OU) Program.

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Sanela Martic

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Funded by an NSF ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) grant between 2011 and 2016, the WISE@OU program at Oakland University (OU) set out to identify and implement strategies that would increase the recruitment, retention, promotion and job satisfaction of women and underrepresented faculty in STEM departments. After conducting a climate survey and several focus group meetings, it quickly became apparent that there were many needs across campus that needed to be addressed, not only within STEM and not only among women and underrepresented faculty. These included a need for more mentoring for both early and mid-career faculty, particularly in the area of research; training for department chairs (who at OU have faculty status rather than administrative rank); and faculty development opportunities. While our activities focused primarily on junior STEM faculty, we organized several campus-wide events and workshops throughout the life of the grant and worked in conjunction with different administrators and offices such as the OU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to raise awareness of the needs that we identified. These activities raised the profile of WISE@OU across campus and enabled us to work with the Provost’s office on developing a sustainability plan for the program. WISE@OU transitioned into the Oakland University Research Office in Fall 2016 and is now known as the WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) program. In this paper we describe three aspects of the program since the transition that aim to support and improve the work environment for faculty across the institution: a) Work to support chairs in areas such as mentoring, recruitment, work-life balance, service distribution, and handling bias; b) Research support for junior faculty through the PI Academy; and c) a group mentoring program for faculty in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Lessons learned and challenges will also be discussed.

Keywords: Faculty, Professional, Engineering

DeVreugd, L., & Guessous, L., & Walters, J., & Roth, B. J., & Martic, S. (2019, April), Transitioning from WISE to WISER–Life After an NSF ADVANCE Grant Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. 10.18260/1-2--31802

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