2021 EDGE Action Steps


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University Leaders on Advancing Gender Equity

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Original Air Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Moderated by: Ilene Busch-Vishniac, Ph.D., President Emeritus, The University of Saskatchewan

Scott Bass, Ph.D., Provost Emeritus, American University
Orlando Tayler, Ph.D., Vice President, Fielding Graduate University
Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Wright State University

The ASEE’s Engineering Deans’ Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative is focused on providing engineering deans with resources to reduce barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse women engineering faculty and leaders. The illustrious group of leaders for this webinar, serve as external advisors to the EDGE Initiative.

In this webinar the moderator and panelists will share candid comments about the process of academic culture change to advance gender diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They will discuss strategies for supporting and assisting deans, department chairs, and senior faculty in effecting transformative change; share their experience in engaging campus leaders, and discuss successes and challenges faced when leading gender diversity, equity, and inclusion change efforts.

Handout- University Leaders Panel


Mitigating the Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Tenure-Line Faculty Panel

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Original Air Date: Thursday May 13, 2021

Moderated by: Dean Jenna Carpenter, Ph.D., Campbell University

Dean Harriet Nembhard, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dean Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Executive Associate Dean Arvind Raman, Ph.D., Purdue University

Jenna Carpenter (Moderator) is Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University.
Harriet Nembhard is Dean of the College of Engineering and holds the Roy J. Carver Professorship in Engineering at the University of Iowa.
Ayanna Howard is Dean of College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University.
Arvind Raman is Executive Associate Dean and Robert v. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

Results from a series of 2020 deans’ focus groups, sponsored by the ASEE Engineering Deans’ Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative, revealed that COVID-19 has kindled broad interest and concern among deans about understanding and remediating the gendered impact of COVID-19, especially on tenure-line faculty.

In this webinar, moderator and panelists will briefly overview COVID-19 impacts, discuss strategies for how deans are measuring impacts, present “silver linings” identified in this past year; and share promising solutions and future considerations. Resources to help deans identify strategies that support advancing gender diversity, equity, and inclusion will be compiled and provided post-webinar.

Resources Handout-Mitigating the Gendered Impact of COVID 19 on Tenure

EDGE Lessons Learned
(as presented at the 2021 Engineering Deans Institute)

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Original Air Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Presenters and Coordinators

This video provides a brief overview of ASEE’s 3 year (2018-2021) NSF ADVANCE Adaptation award, entitled the Engineering Deans’ Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative.  Check out the valuable resources developed to support deans in their efforts to advance  inclusion and equity so that diverse women thrive in engineering.


Using Dashboards to Foster Equitable Faculty Workloads

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Original Air Date: Wednesday April 14, 2021

Presented by: Virginia Valian, Ph.D., KerryAnn O’Meara, Ph.D., Joya Misra, Ph.D.

Virginia Valian is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College–CUNY, an internationally recognized expert on issues of gender equity, and EDGE Lead Researcher.
KerryAnn O’Meara is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland College Park and is Immediate Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).
Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Results from a 2019 ASEE Engineering Deans Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative survey completed by 90 Engineering deans indicated deans intend to assign faculty responsibilities equitably, but may not be aware of and/or use evidence-based methods needed to ensure fair and equitable distribution of responsibilities, especially when it comes to teaching and service.

In this webinar Dr. Valian provides an overview of relevant data from the EDGE Survey results, and draws from her extensive research experience, as well as her recent book with Professor Abigail Stewart, An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence (MIT Press). Drs. O’Meara and Misra share evidence-based practices that emerged from their 5-year NSF-funded experimental Faculty Workload and Rewards Project. They co-authored a new report and set of resources published by ACE and a 2020 Change article on creating dashboards. They share what they learned with colleagues about the benefits of creating faculty work activity dashboards to enhance transparency, as well as resources to create dashboards to support fair and equitable distribution of faculty responsibilities.

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Webinar Resources: Faculty Workload and Reward Project

Data, fairnes, accountability – Valian Handout