Women and people of color continue to be underrepresented among engineering faculty. A diverse engineering faculty body is important because it increases the likelihood of equitable hiring practices and reduces the likelihood of a hostile workplace climate, among other reasons. In turn, research hypothesizes that a diverse engineering faculty body will attract, recruit, and retain diverse students to the engineering profession. While there are a bevy of research papers published every year to address this persistent concern, there are few new or innovative ideas informing our theoretical groundwork for understanding these underrepresentations.
We have returned to Purdue from a great and productive ASEE conference, where we got good feedback and met lots of folks interested in our research and with their own interesting work. We’ll be posting our slides from our 4 presentations here in the next few days, so be sure to check back soon!