More Women Still Needed in Science & Engineering Faculty
Thirty years since Congress passed the Women in Science and Technology Equal Opportunity Act (1979)
After years of identifying the problem and testing strategies to make a difference, a recently released report by the National Research Council of the National Academies (2009) titled "Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty" indicated that despite higher educations becoming more effective at diversifying faculty there is still an enduring underrepresentation of women in all faculty ranks. This stubborn trend is occurring even as women pursue graduate degrees in science at nearly proportion to men.
WiSE offers women faculty in the STEM disciplines professional development and mentoring opportunities throughout the year to build social networks, reduce isolation and share key information and knowledge.
With SU’s long standing commitment to diversity, its greater presence in the world from downtown Syracuse to all corners of the earth, and the growing need to recruit and retain world-class faculty to teach an international and inclusive student body, the campus is undergoing an unprecedented period of introspection and innovation about how to attract a well-qualified and diverse faculty applicant pool, develop pathways to advancement, and retain faculty. In addition, Chancellor Cantor and Provost Spina have made a commitment to institutional transformation through their generous support of the WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Program. WiSE submitted in November of 2009 a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project. With the full support of campus leaders, WiSE is broadening its impact on Syracuse University.