FORWARD to Professorship in STEM - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128008553, 9780128011287

FORWARD to Professorship in STEM

1st Edition

Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work

Authors: Rachelle Heller Catherine Mavriplis Paul Sabila
eBook ISBN: 9780128011287
Paperback ISBN: 9780128008553
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th December 2015
Page Count: 440
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FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work provides best practices on how to design and implement inclusive workshops aimed at supporting faculty and staff in their career development.

The book addresses fundamental skills and strategies to excel in academia, with a focus on assisting women and other underrepresented groups to succeed in obtaining tenure-track faculty positions, and in acquiring tenure.

Contributors from wide geographical, disciplinary, and career backgrounds offer their insights on challenges in academia, lessons learned, successes, and outcomes, with chapters devoted to tenure and beyond, collaborations and funding, impact on, and of, the deaf culture, and engaging differences.

Key Features

  • Offers insights from a variety of institutions, STEM disciplines, and backgrounds
  • Contains valuable information on diversity, leadership, minorities, work-life satisfaction, and professional career development
  • Provides best practices on how to design and implement inclusive workshops aimed at supporting faculty and staff in their career development
  • Covers topics such as tenure and beyond, collaborations and funding, impact on, and of, the deaf culture, and engaging differences
  • Provides specific avenues and processes for implementing inclusive professional development workshops
  • Includes appendices on budgeting and programming examples


Those pursuing or involved in a career in the STEM fields, including students and academics as well as university administrators and industry professionals. Additional markets include academic and professional women’s organizations and those involved in professional development training and workshops.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. The Origins of Faculty Development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Brief History of Faculty Development
    • Programs for Advancing Women in STEM
    • Resource Development
    • General Design Issues for Faculty Development Workshops
    • Beyond Workshops
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 2. The FORWARD to Professorship Workshop
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Workshop Goals and Design
    • Implementation
    • Results of the FORWARD to Professorship Workshop
    • Paying It FORWARD
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Path of Professorship: A Student Leadership Model for Catalyzing Change at MIT
    • Abstract
    • Origin and Goals
    • Successes and Outcomes
    • Impact on Attendees and Organizers
    • Workshop Sessions
    • An Institution-Centered Workshop
    • Graduate Students as Leaders
    • Institutional Leadership
    • Institutionalized Financial Support
    • Challenges and Responses
    • Revisions
    • Lessons Learned
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Jumpstarting STEM Careers
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Organizing a Team
    • Creating a Program
    • Jumpstarting STEM Careers Workshops and Symposiums
    • Moving Forward
    • Event Feedback
    • Concluding Remarks
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 5. University of Guam: Advancing Female STEM Faculty in the Western Pacific
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • University of Guam Project
    • Project Evaluation—Successes
    • Project Evaluation—Challenges and Criticism
    • The Difficult Way Forward
    • References
  • Chapter 6. When and Where I Enter…A FORWARD to Professorship Workshop
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Goals
    • Description
    • Challenges
    • Evaluations
    • Outcomes and Successes
    • Lessons Learned
    • Conclusions and Suggestions for Future Workshops
    • References
  • Chapter 7. Workshop Design for Diversity and Dialogue: Women in STEM Empowered to Engage Across Difference
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Starting with Story
    • Conceptual and Intellectual Framework: Guideposts for the Workshop
    • The Planning Group
    • Designing a Workshop to Facilitate Engagement Across Difference: Core Principles and Strategies
    • Pre-workshop Work
    • Workshop Implementation: An Interactive Format
    • The Participants’ Perspective
    • The Facilitation Perspective
    • A Few Practical Lessons Learned
    • Recommendations
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 8. To Tenure and Beyond: Building an Intentional Career in STEM
    • Abstract
    • Evolution of the NSF ADVANCE Initiatives at CWRU
    • Objectives of TT&B
    • Recruitment of Participants
    • Development of Modules and Customization to Cohort Needs
    • Rationale for Key Curricular Themes: Understanding Career Arc and the Intentional Change Model
    • Evaluation and Outcomes
    • Challenges and Ongoing Efforts
    • References
    • Further Reading
  • Chapter 9. FORWARD Oklahoma State University: Building an Academic Toolkit for Women at a Land-Grant Institution
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Analysis
    • Conclusion and Implications for Future FORWARD Workshops
    • References
  • Chapter 10. Advancing Toward Professorship in Biology, Ecology, and Earth System Sciences
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • BEESS Research is Unique Within STEM Disciplines
    • Workshop
    • Survey
    • Demographics
    • Workshop Challenges
    • Logistical Lessons
    • Workshop Outcomes
    • Lessons Learned
    • Post-workshop Efforts
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 11. Metropolitan Mentors: Building a Network of Women in Mathematics and Computer Science Across New York City: The New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York Workshop
    • Abstract
    • Goals of Our FORWARD to Professorship Project
    • FORWARD to Professorship Workshops: Women in Mathematics and Computer Science Across NYC
    • What was Learned from the First Workshop?
    • Looking Back at the Workshop Series
    • Follow-up Survey
    • Suggestions for a Group Planning to Run a Similar Workshop
    • Institutional History and Why This FORWARD to Professorship Project Was Important for Us
    • Relevance to Other Institutions
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 12. Career Advancement in a Research Environment
    • Abstract
    • Background
    • CARE 2012
    • CARE 2013A
    • CARE 2013B
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 13. Moving FORWARD in Space: The Temple University Workshops
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Workshop Design and Implementation
    • Different Settings and Different Demographics
    • Participant Feedback
    • Workshop Follow-up
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 14. FORWARD Workshops: Strategies for Inclusion of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Abstract
    • Gallaudet University
    • Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and the ADA Act
    • The Challenge of Bringing D/HoH into STEM
    • Origins of FORWARD at Gallaudet
    • FORWARD in SEM
    • The FORWARD to Professorship and Pay It FORWARD Projects
    • Evaluations: Participants’ Views of the FORWARD Workshops at GU
    • Impact of FORWARD on D/HoH Participants and GU
    • Impact of D/HoH Participants and GU on FORWARD and on “Hearing” Participants
    • Strategies for Inclusion of D/HoH Participants and ASL Interpreters in Scientific Workshops
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 15. The Participant Experience
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Why are Workshops for Women Needed?
    • Pre-conference: Participant Expectations
    • During the Conference: Participant Activities
    • Post-conference: Overall Impressions
    • The Future
    • References
  • Chapter 16. Speakers Find Value in Workshop Participation
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Eager Speakers
    • Unanticipated Impact on Presenters
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 17. Possible Benefits for Workshop Organizers
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Motivations
    • Benefits to Organizers
    • Drawbacks and Difficulties Encountered
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
    • Examples of Intellectual Outcomes
  • Chapter 18. Evaluation of the Pay It FORWARD Program
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Workshop Leadership Team Training
    • The FORWARD Workshop Model
    • Adaptations of the National Model Workshop
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Pay it FORWARD Results and Follow-up Questionnaire Responses
    • Lessons Learned Through the Evaluation Process
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 19. Fortifying the Pipeline to Leadership: The International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel
    • Abstract
    • Program Design: Strategies for Developing a Community of Leaders
    • Translating the ICELA Model for National Leaders in Engineering and Science: Conception, Birth, and Nurturing
    • Multiple Mirrors to Evaluate Outcomes and Guide Improvement of Leadership Development Programs
    • Looking to the Future: Diversity, Collaboration Across Programs, and Sustaining Alumnae in Leadership Roles
    • References
  • Chapter 20. Synthesis
    • Abstract
    • Faculty Development—How Are Existing Models Faring?
    • How Are Faculty Development Models Evolving?
    • Some New Faculty Development Models Are Evolving to an Online Presence
    • What Is the Future of Faculty Development?
    • References
  • Chapter 21. Lessons Learned
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • The Whole Is Bigger than the Sum of the Parts
    • So You Want to Host a Workshop…
    • The Devil Is in the Details
    • Creating a Buzz
    • Watching Your Creation Mature
    • References
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A FORWARD Workshops, Host Institution, Workshop Title, Target Audience, and Chapter in This Book
    • Appendix B FORWARD Workshop Details, Duration of the Workshop in Days, Average Number of Participants per Workshop, Number of Workshops Held, and Contact Person
    • Appendix C Sample of a 2.5-Day Workshop Schedule—National Model Workshop
    • Appendix D Sample 2-Day Workshop Schedule—Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University: CARE 2012
    • Appendix E An Example of a Poster—Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University: CARE 2013
    • Appendix F Generic Budget—Temple University and Central Connecticut University
    • Appendix G Example of Participant Application/Registration Form—Temple University and Central Connecticut University
    • Appendix H Sample Photography Release Form—National Model Workshop
    • Appendix I Outreach, Recruitment, Follow-up Strategies, Interactive Activities, and Resources Used at FORWARD workshops
    • Appendix J Workshop Planning, Handouts, Resources, and Workshop Sessions
    • Appendix K Workshop Panel and Active Session Ideas and Sustainability Strategies
    • Appendix L FORWARD ELDers: Experts in Leadership Development for Women in STEM Academia—Recommendations
    • Appendix M Pay It FORWARD Trainee Observation Form
    • Appendix N FORWARD to Professorship Participant Interviews for Future Workshop Leaders
    • Appendix O Icebreaker Example: “M&M”—National Model Workshop
    • Appendix P Icebreaker Example: “BINGO”—National Model Workshop
    • Appendix Q Workshop Evaluation Questions
    • Appendix R Resource List Provided at the FORWARD to Professorship Web site
    • Appendix S Reference List Provided to Pay It FORWARD Trainees
    • Appendix T A Dialogue on Work/Life Integration
  • Index


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About the Author

Rachelle Heller

Affiliations and Expertise

Academic Affairs, Mount Vernon Campus The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Catherine Mavriplis

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Paul Sabila

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Science, Technology, & Mathematics, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA