2019 Symposium: Engineering A World of Difference: Policy and Practice

Sponsored by the NSF Broadening Participation in Engineering Program, it is the 11th offering in the Minority Faculty Development Workshop (MFDW) series and the fifth annual symposium under our current initiative, "Academic Career Enhancement for Underrepresented Faculty in Engineering."

The primary goal of the NSF MFDW series is to enhance the presence, socialization, retention and advancement of junior and mid-career faculty from underrepresented (African American, Native American and Hispanics) populations in engineering. We plan to achieve this goal via the following objectives:

  1. developing and implementing a holistic array of career development initiatives for underrepresented early and mid-career faculty; and
  2. conducting research on practices and policies impacting the progression and advancement of these faculty members.

We anticipate that these efforts will lead to an increase in the numbers of faculty from underrepresented populations in engineering, and enhance their career progression.

The 2019 NSF MFDW Engineering A World of Difference: Policy and Practice will focus on the intersection between technology and policy; delve into the implications of policy on academic engineering at institutional and national levels; and develop actionable strategies to enhance the progression of underrepresented faculty for the benefit of the engineering profession.

Over a three day period, participants will have multiple opportunities to engage with peers, academic leaders, and experts to better understand and utilize concepts that guide strategic career advancement. The program will include novel "un-conference" open sessions that allow participants to help shape the workshop content.

Target Audience: Early and mid-career underrepresented minority engineering faculty.