Webinar Series

Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world—in particular women of color and white women, and women and men from US historically disadvantaged populations.


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A Successful Non-Traditional Hiring Initiative

Presented by: Dean Sharon L. Walker, Ph.D., Drexel University

Date: Tuesday March 31, 2020

Time: 2:00PM ET


Sharon L. Walker, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University, will discuss a successful, innovative hiring strategy that resulted in a dramatic increase of female engineering applicants – from 10 to 40 percent over just a few years – in faculty search pools.

Dean Walker developed a recruitment and retention strategy with state grant-funding when she served as interim dean at University of California, Riverside, and is now adopting and extending the effort at Drexel. This interactive webinar will provide deans with insight into the implementation process, and the opportunity to refine their own hiring practices to facilitate greater success in attracting and hiring diverse candidates.  Download flyer for more information.

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Disrupting Process to Dismantle Culture

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Presented by: Dean Scott Ashford, Ph.D., P.E. (CA), Oregon State University

Original Air Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020


Dean Scott Ashford, Ph.D., PE (CA), Kearney Dean of Engineering at Oregon State University, will discuss how the College of Engineering disrupted hiring practices, and other traditional processes, to shift the culture and create a more diverse and inclusive community.

In his five-year tenure as dean, Dr. Ashford has doubled the number of female faculty. Oregon State University now ranks #3 among all public R1 research universities for the percentage of engineering faculty who are women. In recognition of his efforts in supporting women in engineering, Dean Ashford was awarded the 2019 Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award.  Further, the OSU College of Engineering was also an “exemplar” recipient of a Bronze Award in the inaugural year of the American Society of Engineering Education’s Diversity Recognition Program, with special note of relevance to the EDGE Initiative This is the highest recognition awarded, given to schools demonstrating significant results advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.

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A Dean’s Role through the Lens of Gender Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Presented by: Dean Ala Qubbaj, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Original air date: Wednesday January 29, 2020


Dr. Qubbaj will discuss active and proactive approaches and strategies for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how to create a college culture that not only supports but embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. He will discuss his efforts as Dean and how that led to the doubling of the number of women faculty in the college, as well as hiring the 1stwomen department chair and the 1st women associate Chair, all in less than 2 years.

Dr. Ala Qubbaj is the Dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He is the PI on UTRGV’s NSF ADVANCE grant as well as on an NSF INCLUDES grant for ADVANCING STEM Latinas in Academic Careers. Prior to his Dean position, Dr. Qubbaj served as Senior Associate Vice President/Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity.

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Engineering Deans College Gender Equity Self- Assessment Tool: Foundation for Strategic Change

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Presented by: APLU colleagues, Kimberly Griffin Ph.D and Alan Mabe, PhD

Original air date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019



Drs Kimberly Griffin, Alan Mabe, and the Association for Public Land grant Universities (APLU) INCLUDES Project’s Faculty Diversity Task Force created the state-of-the-art, 2-part self-assessment Faculty Diversity Tool, that was adapted specifically for deans of colleges of engineering to help guide and focus efforts to support gender diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by APLU pilot work, and current change efforts with INCLUDES Aspire Alliance Institutional Change teams, Drs Griffin and Mabe will provide deans with take-away strategies for collecting and leveraging college self-assessment data for efficient, and beneficial gender equity change.

Dr. Kimberly Griffin is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. Her work focuses on diversity within the Black community; mentoring and professional development; and diversity in graduate and faculty communities. Dr. Alan Mabe is Emeritus Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (from which he retired December 2018); prior to which he served as a faculty member and administrator at Florida State University for almost thirty years. Griffin and Mabe both currently serves as consultants to the NSF INCLUDES-funded Aspire Alliance https://www.aspirealliance.org/aspire-home –an initiative that “seeks to develop inclusive and diverse STEM faculty across the nation by aligning and reinforcing professional development, hiring, and retention practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional, and national levels.”

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Achieving College Excellence through Gender Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Presented by Virginia Valian, PhD

Original Air Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019


Back by popular demand, Professor Valian, internationally recognized expert on issues of gender equity, distinguished professor of Psychology at Hunter College, and recent Keynote at the post-EDI 2019 EDGE Action Steps Workshop, will provide an interactive webinar to share with deans an overview of gender equity research, along with concrete, evidence-based actions deans can take to create more diverse, equitable, and welcoming college climates. She 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).

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Building your Female Leadership Pool: Insights for Success from the University of Michigan

Presented by: Dean Alec Gallimore and Dr. Jennifer Linderman, University of Michigan

Original Air Date: September 11, 2019
From 2008 to 2017, women comprised less than 20% of faculty at the top U.S. engineering schools. In the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, women now occupy half of the top faculty-leadership roles, including department chairs, associate deans, and executive committee members.

In this webinar, inspired by the May 2019 Chronicle of Education article “An Engineering School with Half of Its Leadership Female? How Did That Happen?” University of Michigan’s Alec Gallimore (Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering) and Jennifer Linderman (Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the ADVANCE Program) will explore four key approaches used at Michigan Engineering to build the female leadership pool and offer practical insights for other leaders who seek similar success.


Men Allies for Gender Equity 

This interactive webinar encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in STEM settings. Facilitators Roger Green (North Dakota State University) and Robert Gordon (Auburn University) introduce the concept of Advocates and Allies and discuss factors that impact the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women. They review recent literature that helps explain why and how gender inequity occurs. Lastly, they introduce and develop concepts, vocabulary, actions, and practical skills to promote gender equity. This webinar is part of a larger series inspired by the TUEE Phase III project and report.