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Conference Proceeding


2010 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, KY


ISU is in the 4th year of a 5-year NSF funded ADVANCE grant. In accordance with the intent of NSF’s “Institutional Transformation” grants, the focus of this work is not on the individual professional development of women, but instead, on changing the academic environment in which they work. The goal of the ISU ADVANCE research program is to investigate the effectiveness of a multilevel collaborative effort to effect institutional transformation that results in the full participation of women faculty in STEM fields in the university. Our approach focuses on transforming departmental cultures (views, attitudes, norms and shared beliefs), practices (what people say and do), and structures (physical and social arrangements), as well as university policies, through participation of individuals at all levels of the university. There are several embedded change agents (faculty and administrators) that work within the existing culture at the departmental (ADVANCE Professors), college (Equity Advisors) and university (ADVANCE PIs and Provost Fellow) levels. These individuals work together to identify and combat the sources of systemic gender bias while distributing the responsibility for progress (thereby increasing ownership) among constituents and stakeholders. In addition to collaborative transformation work in ‘focal departments’, other efforts include educating targeted groups such as department chairs and search committees, but also providing learning opportunities for all faculty. Dissemination of results and training has taken various forms including workshops, web-based resources, formal presentations, informal discussions and even ‘Readers Theater’ presentations.

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American Society for Engineering Education




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