Case Western Reserve University has advanced the number of women teaching—and in leadership positions—in the sciences and engineering by more than 17 percent over the last four years.
In addition to the 17.3 percent increase of women in the sciences in engineering university-wide, Case Western Reserve—the first private university awarded a spot in the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program—reports other significant changes as a result of the $3.5 million grant:
In addition to increases in women faculty and administrators in the sciences and engineering, the university also has improved its overall institutional policies and benefits to encourage diversity. Deans now are required to review the diversity of all candidate pools for faculty hires in their schools. The university offers automatic tenure extension, partner hiring and work release and has approved a paid parental leave policy that we will launch as soon as it receives Faculty Senate approval, among other initiatives.
Deputy Provost Lynn Singer has served as principal investigator for the NSF ADVANCE grant, but she attributes the triumph to a true team effort–and says the progress seen so far represents just the beginning.
"Case Western Reserve University's institutional transformation is a result of a multifaceted initiative to promote a campus-wide culture characterized by equality, participation, openness and accountability–precisely the kind of collective effort we need to build upon to truly make this topic a constant, campus-wide imperative," Singer said.
Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 3, 2008 02:33 PM | News Topics: Administration, Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, Science, Teaching, Technology, Weatherhead School of Management, news
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