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"IvyWiSTEM" was funded in 2012 through a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, and focused on increasing the participation and advancement of Ivy Tech female faculty in academic science and engineering careers.

Project Initiatives included:

  1. An internal survey was sent to 2,245 faculty at Ivy Tech in 2013 to gague facultysatisfaction, considerations to leave the College, reason for applying for a faculty position, and faculty experiences (positive, negative, and in regard to equity and discrimination). A copy of the results can be found here.
  2. Focus Groups: Female STEM Faculty members from across the state participated in FocusGroups serving to investigate the reasons for the variances in recruitment, retention, and advancement of female STEM faculty in each of the College's regions. Further, the Focus Groups greatly informed the institutional transformative plan for Ivy Tech to increase the hiring and advancement of female STEM faculty statewide. Ohio University was contracted to perform a review of the Focus Group results, and the resulting report can be found here.
  3. Advisory Board: A team of Advisory Board members was created to assist the Principle Ivestigators in survey design and focus group participation. This Board also was instrumental in review of the final Focus Group procedures and resulting data.The resulting Transformative Plan will into account all that has been gleaned through theabove activities, and will be published here once presented to College leadership.

IvyWiSTEM was pleased to offer two webinars covering the topics of Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing within STEM fields for Women, hosted by Pam McGee, who serves as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota State University Department of Technology and Program Coordinator for the Operations Management and Project Management Bachelors of Science. She is an active member in the ATMAE Management Division, and has served as Women in Technology Division President and on the ATMAE Foundation Board. Her wealth of experience in STEM fields informed the presentations below and were of great interest to all faculty at Ivy Tech statewide.


Recruiting Women into STEM Proven Strategies (Video URL link)

Connect with Confidence:  Retain & Advance Women in the STEM Field

Thank you to our IvyWiSTEM partners Ohio University and Melissa Freeman!

Principle Investigator Joyce Wilkerson has spent most of her professional career in the field of Higher Education, and the last 10 with Ivy Tech's East Central region as Dean of the School of Technology & Engineering. In this role Ms. Wilkerson recruits, develops, and evaluates full-time and adjunct faculty, while also recruiting students, developing secondary and post-seconary educational linkages, and overseeing course scheduling.

Co-Principle Investigator Margaret Semmer currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in Ivy Tech's Northwest and North Central regions, and brings to IvyWiSTEM knowledge gleaned from a 20+ year career in community colleges. Through this project Dr. Semmer was integrally involved in understanding factors that lead to the retention and promotion of women faculty members in STEM fields.