Dina was a post-doctoral researcher in the RIFE group from 2009-2011. Her primary responsibility is the study of the career-related experiences of the women and minority faculty members of the STEM disciplines of Purdue University. She graduated with her PhD from Purdue University in May, 2009.
After her admission in Purdue University in 2002, she graduated with her third Masters with sociology major in 2004. Her areas of specialization are gender, work and occupation; development and social change; transnational feminism and globalization; and sociology of developing nations. In her doctoral dissertation she has examined the effects of sex-segregation and racial/ethnic segregation on the job-related well-being of women workers in U.S.A. She is also associated with the Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University. Before coming to the U.S. as a graduate student, she worked as a lecturer in the University of Calcutta (Kolkata, India) teaching courses on gender, industry and labor market; gender and social change; women and development; and sociological theories and methods.
Dina worked on the ACP and IE projects within ADVANCE-Purdue. She now is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Shippensburg University.
- 2011. Banerjee, Dina, Alice L. Pawley. “Learning and Social Change: Using Interviews as Tools to Prompt Reflective Practice.” Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 12(4) pp. 441-455. Paper through journal.
- 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.
- 2010. 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.
Katie was a undergraduate student in Aeronautical Engineering, graduating in December of 2011. As a member of the Society of Women in Engineering, and a participant in the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University, she took interest in feminist engineering research. She is particularly interested to learn how women balance an engineering career and a family as well as the transitional phase as graduating engineers enter industry. Katie worked on the WIETY project with RIFE from 2008-2011.
- 2011. Morley, K. M., Pawley, A. L., Jordan, S. S., & Adams, R. “Gender and Engineering: Using Photo Elicitation as a Method of Inquiry.” Paper presented at the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 27. Paper; presentation.
Saranya was a graduate student then post-doctoral researcher working with ADVANCE-Purdue from 2009-2010. She graduated with her PhD from the School of Education, Purdue University. Her focus was on Special Education with an emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication. Prior to this, she completed an EdS degree from the University of Virginia and has a Master’s and double Bachelor’s degrees’ from India.
She joined the RIFE group as a graduate research assistant in Spring 2009. On completion of her doctoral degree she continued on as a post-doctoral research fellow to work instrument development for quantitative and qualitative research. She has varied research interests that include – institutional climate in STEM and social sciences; cross-disciplinary learning; STEM education for individuals with disabilities (especially design and access); augmentative and alternative communication (neurocognitive issues); communication development and disabilities; diversity/multicultural issues in education.
Saranya worked on the ACP-ADVANCE project until August 2010; she now lives in Chennai, India where she runs the Grassroots School.
Jordana Gartner Hoegh
Jordana was a research assistant for RIFE, joining in 2008 and continuing in her position until 2012. She joined the team as a PhD student in Sociology at Purdue and left RIFE to finish her degree. Her research while working for RIFE included transition to parenthood, self and identity, and work-family balance. She is conducting her dissertation research on the career trajectories of women engineers with young children. Jordana grew up in Nebraska and moved to Indiana with her husband four years ago. They have three daughters.
- 2011. Pawley, Alice 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, Vancouver BC, June 2011. Paper.
- 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, Vancouver BC, June 27. Paper; presentation.
- 2010. 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. Article; presentation.
Ranjani Rao is a doctoral student in Organizational Communication in the Department of Communication at Purdue. She earned her masters in Media, Technology and Society from the same department in 2008. Prior to joining Purdue, Ranjani worked as a journalist with Indo-Asian News Service in New Delhi, India after obtaining her BA (Honours) in Economics from Delhi University and Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.
Ranjani joined RIFE in January 2010 as a graduate research assistant on the Assessing Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) project. She was engaged in developing a framework to assess sustainability knowledge in engineering undergraduate students, mapped on to expert views and literature that can help engineering faculty members identify and structure essential sustainability-related content and develop methods to bring these concepts organically into courses across the curriculum.
Ranjani’s research explorations in communication have included media and family communication, work-family dynamics and qualitative research methods in engineering contexts. Her master’s thesis looked at media coverage of child abuse and neglect in the context of the Greater Lafayette Journal and Courier’s coverage of the 2005 Aiyana Gauvin case.
- 2011. Hoffmann, Stephen R., Pawley, A. L., Rao, R., Cardella, M. E., Ohland, M.W. “Defining “Sustainable Engineering”: A Comparative Analysis of Published Sustainability Principles and Existing Courses.” Paper presented at the 118th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2011. Paper; presentation.
- 2010. Rao, Ranjani, Alice L. Pawley, Stephen R. Hoffmann, Matthew W. Ohland, Monica E. Cardella. “Work In Progress: Development of a framework to Assess Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) in engineering undergraduate students.” Conference proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington DC, October 27-30. Article.