INSTITUTION: PAESMEM Nomination of the Penn State Women in Engineering

  • Bogue, Barbara B. (PI)
  • Pangborn, Robert N. (CoPI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Pangborn Abstract

PAESMEM Mentoring for Academic Career Development Study and Action Workshop


The power of mentoring and role models is generally acknowledged and are critical

career development tools for women in engineering faculty careers. Yet, because women are

severely underrepresented on engineering faculties nationwide, many junior and mid-level

engineering faculty women lack positive female role models and mentors and are too often

overlooked or left out of crucial information loops. The successful senior women who are the

potential mentors have little time or experience of successful mentoring. What is needed is a

mentoring model, or methodology, that provides the necessary support for junior and mid-level

women faculty, mines the experience of senior women faculty, and respects the time demands

that are a reality for all productive engineering faculty members. It is necessary to design ways in

which successful mentors can have sustained contact with junior faculty while not overburdening

the mentors themselves.

The proposed Mentoring for Academic Career Development Study and Action Workshop,

led by Penn State's Council of Senior Engineering Faculty Women will bring together senior

women from universities and industry to identify effective practices in faculty mentoring as well as

problems in developing good mentoring programs. The goal will be to develop a realistic model

and guidelines for mentoring junior and mid-level faculty women. Inclusion of successful industry

women will allow the workshop to include industry practices and experiences in the deliberation.

Workshop objectives are to:

o Create a realistic model, based upon experience, practice and on-going research, of how

mentoring can be provided in a comprehensive way to junior faculty women.

o Build on existing Penn State workshops for career development for faculty women

o Improve the mentoring experiences of all participants

o Identify a set of research questions for future investigation into mentoring for engineering

faculty women

o Publish and broadly disseminate workshop outcomes

The workshop will include pre-assessment surveys, pre-work and readings on current literature,

and pre- and post-conference interactions-all designed to set up a productive dialogue. Postconference

assessment will also be conducted.

Intellectual Merit

The PAESMEM Mentoring Study and Action Workshop aims to broaden current understanding of

the challenges of mentoring in the Academy to benefit three important audiences - junior and

mid-level faculty women, senior faculty women and administrators. The proposed workshop will

result in published guidelines in paper and electronic format. The workshop assessment will

provide basic information for researchers in academic mentoring. In the long term, this workshop

will create a new dialogue about effective mentoring that can be implemented in the high

pressure world of engineering faculties. It is anticipated that the findings will be relevant to other

STEM professionals.

Broader Impact

The findings of the workshop have the potential to provide engineering faculty with the tools for

developing an effective mentoring model for engineering faculty women, a group

underrepresented in engineering.

Effective start/end date9/1/053/31/10


  • National Science Foundation: $23,000.00


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