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Women And Men In The Engineering Workplace

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Women in Engineering: Faculty/Curriculum

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9.1426.1 - 9.1426.15



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Carolyn Heising

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Mary Goodwin

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Diversity Course 2


An undergraduate engineering diversity course, entitled: “Women and Men in the Engineering

Workplace”, was offered as an experimental course in the spring semester of 2003 in the College

of Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). The course was cross-listed with the ISU’s

Women’s Studies Program, and is believed to be the first such engineering diversity course in the

nation, and perhaps the first women’s studies course to be offered by an engineering college. The

students were “recruited” by the instructors representing the college’s eight engineering

departments, and were predominantly upperclasspersons. In order to ensure a gender balance in

the class itself, the enrollment was ‘engineered’ so that half of the class was men, and half

women. Although the course was centered on increasing gender diversity in the historically male

dominated profession of engineering, race and class aspects of diversity were also dealt with in

the class. Topics included studying masculinity in America, how gender is constructed in our

society and the history of engineering education with regards to gender.

Heising, C., & Goodwin, M. (2004, June), Women And Men In The Engineering Workplace Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13536

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