August 29, 2003
Campus equity experts visit ISU
by Linda Charles
Three experts on campus equity for women and ethnic minority faculty will
visit campus this fall to help Iowa State prepare a National Science
Foundation grant application that helps universities diversify their
scientific and technical workforce.
In addition to consulting on the NSF Advance grant preparation, the three
will hold workshops for faculty, staff and administrators.
Institutions selected for Advance grants must demonstrate that they have
examined their policies and practices, and plan to pursue new organizational
strategies to improve women's access to senior and leadership ranks.
Advance grants have supported university-level data collection on issues
related to women in science and engineering, awards for teaching or
research, research assistantships after the birth of children, development
of leadership programs and development of educational materials for search
Consultants on the grant preparation are Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner,
professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State
University, Tempe; Denice Denton, dean of engineering at the University of
Washington, Seattle; and Joan Williams, professor and director of the
Program on Gender, Work and Family at the American University Law School,
Turner is the author of Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet
Success. She also wrote Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for
Search Committees, which takes a holistic approach to increasing faculty
diversity and offers practical suggestions for procedures before, during and
after a search. Turner will discuss "Bittersweet Success and Diversifying
the Faculty" at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in 210 Bessey.
Denton directed a University of Wisconsin engineering program to diversify
the undergraduate student population. The program spawned Wisconsin's LEAD
Center, which supports university faculty in educational reform activities.
Her talk, "Strategies to Diversify Faculty and Staff Ranks," will begin at
10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in the Howe Hall auditorium.
Williams is the author of Unbending Gender; Why Family and Work Conflict
and What We Can Do About It. The book outlines her vision for workplaces
that focus on family needs. She proposes policies and legal initiatives to
reorganize employment and home so people can lead healthier, more productive
lives. Williams also is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher
Education's "Balancing Act" column, which focuses on balancing family and
career. She will discuss the topic at noon Friday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial
Union Pioneer Room.
Campus focus groups
Focus groups also may produce ideas included in the NSF grant application. A
retreat for women faculty will be held Oct. 29 at Reiman Gardens. Dean of
Agriculture Catherine Woteki will speak, and focus groups will discuss
potential policies and organizational strategies to increase recruitment,
retention and promotion of women faculty members at Iowa State.
Preparing Iowa State's Advance grant proposal are Jackie Litt, acting
director and associate professor in the women's studies program and
sociology; Diane Debinski, associate professor of ecology, evolution and
organismal biology; Judy Vance, professor and chair of mechanical
engineering; and Carolyn Heising, professor of industrial and manufacturing
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