ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success were part of a project to promote the career success of women STEM faculty members. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0811194. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. More information is at www.purdue.edu/dp/advance/.
Dr. Pawley was a co-PI and Research Director for ADVANCE-Purdue. We had two major research studies we conducting as a part of ADVANCE. This project was completed in 2014.
Academic Career Pathway (ACP)
How can we uncover different career metaphors from diverse faculty to supplement our increasingly insufficient models of “chilly climate” and “pipeline”? In particular:
- What metaphors/models do people use when telling their own career stories? and
- What can we learn about diverse career paths and needs from these career stories?
Participants: STEM faculty reaching critical career points (new faculty, faculty approaching or completing a 3rd year review, faculty approaching tenure, faculty post-tenure decision, faculty approaching promotion to full, faculty post-promotion). Women and men.
Methods: semi-structured interviews.
Institutional Ethnography (IE)
How do we understand institutions (Purdue STEM colleges) through the lived experiences of STEM faculty who inhabit them? How do STEM faculty “activate” the institutions via their written policies policies? What disconnects can we uncover through their experiences? In particular,
- How do STEM faculty experience the October 2008 parental leave (PL) and promotion and tenure (P&T) policies? and
- Where are the disconnects between the intent of the policies and the experience of them?
Participants: STEM faculty users or faculty eligible to use the PL policy, STEM faculty preparing their (P&T) cases (see overlap with ACP study), and administrators of the PL or P&T policies. Women and men.
Methods: semi-structured interviews, observations of public meetings, document analysis.
- 2015 Beddoes, K. D., & Schimpf, C. T., & Pawley, A. L. (2015, June), Gender and Department Heads: An Empirically-Inspired Literature Review Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24149. Paper.
- 2014. Beddoes, Kacey, Corey Schimpf and Alice L. Pawley. “New Metaphors for New Understandings: Developing Grounded Theories on Gendered Academic Cultures.” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18, 2014. Paper.
- 2013. Schimpf, Corey, Marisol Mercado Santiago, Jordana Hoegh, Dina Banerjee & Alice L. Pawley. “STEM Faculty and Parental Leave: Understanding an Institution’s Policy within a National Policy Context through Structuration Theory.” International Journal for Gender, Science and Technology Vol 5 (2). Paper.
- 2013. Beddoes, Kacey, Corey Schimpf & Alice L. Pawley. “Engaging Foucault to Better Understand Underrepresentation of Female STEM Faculty.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 23-26. Research Brief. Paper.
- 2013. Pawley, Alice L. “‘Learning from small numbers’ of underrepresented students’ stories: Discussing a method to learn about institutional structure through narrative.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 23-26. Paper.
- 2013. Beddoes, Kacey & Alice L. Pawley. “Negotiating an Offer: What Graduate Students and Mentors Can Learn from Others’ Experiences.” Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Magazine. Spring 2013. Paper
- Beddoes, Kacey, Alice L. Pawley & Dina Banerjee. “Gendered Facets of Faculty Careers and Challenges to Engineering Education as an Inclusive Profession.” Conference proceedings of the 2012 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, December 3-5. Paper
- Schimpf, C., Mercado Santiago, M. & Pawley, A.L. “Access and Definition: Exploring how STEM faculty, Department Head’s, and University Policy Administrators Navigate the Implementation of a Parental Leave Policy.” Conference Proceedings of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas. Paper
- Pawley, A. L., Hoegh, J. “Exploding Pipelines: Mythological Metaphors Structuring Diversity-Oriented Engineering Education Research Agendas.” Paper presented at the 118th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2011. Paper
- Banerjee, Dina and Alice L. Pawley. “Institutional Ethnography: A research method to investigate the work-life experiences of women faculty members in STEM disciplines.” Conference proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education National Conference and Exposition, Louisville KY, June 20-23. Article; presentation.
- Hoegh, Jordana, and Alice L. Pawley. “Modeling the career pathways of women STEM faculty through oral histories and participatory research methods.” Conference proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education National Conference and Exposition, Louisville KY, June 20-23. Paper; presentation.
- 2011. Mercado Santiago, M., Pawley, A. L., Hoegh, J., & Banerjee, D. “Institutional Ethnography as a Method to Understand the Career and Parental Leave Experiences of STEM Faculty Members.” Paper presented at the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 27. Paper; presentation.
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