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Integrating Research and Evaluation: Using Evaluation to Inform Programmatic and Institutional Change (Poster) 

11-03-2014 11:18

(Mindy Anderson-Knott, Trish Wonch Hill, Jenn Rutt) ADVANCE-Nebraska is an NSF Institutional Transformation Grant awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for five years, from 2008-2013. Goals of the grant were to recruit and retain STEM women tenured and tenure-track faculty. To this end, administrators and key faculty leaders led an effort to learn from and to enhance department best practices in recruiting diverse excellent faculty, while efforts in retention focused on faculty development initiatives headed by national and campus leaders. In addition, a dual career program was created to recruit and retain STEM women with academic spouses. Evaluation data consisted of institutional data on applicant pools, new hires, faculty demographics (rank, hire date, gender, race) and an 'involvement matrix' tracking participation in ADVANCE-Nebraska leadership roles (e.g. faculty committee), programs (dual career hires), and attendance at 49 separate Recruitment and Retention focuses events. At the same time, the Faculty Network and Workload Study (FNWS) was administered in three waves to understand both faculty social networks and faculty perceptions across broad areas related to department and institutional climate. These data have been combined with evaluation data to a)assess overall impact of ADVANCE-Nebraska, and b) to advance broader research into understanding fundamental sociological questions related to race and gender, work and organizations, social networks, family and children, etc. One example is a case study titled, "The New Faculty Profile: Balancing Family and Dual Careers," which assesses the distribution of STEM faculty by gender, relationship status and partner employment/ education to understand the dramatic shift away from ideal worker norms (full-time worker, unemployed partner) in the academy. Authors found that thirteen percent of STEM faculty in our institutions currently fit the ideal worker profile, and consistent with common assumptions, all are men. Because most STEM faculty are men, it is also true that most STEM faculty with an employed partner are also men, and that more have a partner with a professional (33%) than a non-professional (22%) degree. The research component of this grant, not only contributed to programming, but also enhanced the overall evaluation by providing the resources for more rigorous survey design and implementation. Conversely, programming and evaluation guided the research to answer, not only basic sociological questions about work and family, but also to provide practical guidance that will be critical for future institutions that will receive NSF ADVANCE IT grants.

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