Kent State University is one of six partner research universities in Northern Ohio to participate in a recently awarded grant funded by the National Science Foundation: Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL). This three-year project is designed to cultivate and support collegial environments and climates for women and underrepresented groups in the sciences and engineering at partner institutions. Building on research findings and resources generated by NSF's ADVANCE programs Case Western Reserve University (lead), worked with Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, The University of Akron and The University of Toledo to develop the IDEAL program. The goal of IDEAL is to encourage career advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in science and technology.
Each higher education institution has selected a transformational issue relevant to the university and to their selected departments. Kent State University's theme is "Enhancing the Climate for Scholarly and Collegial Community in the College of Arts & Sciences". This theme is intended to help KSU build on the findings of its Women in Science Working Group Report. Change Leader Teams, each comprised of three faculty members (including chairs) select and focus on annual change projects designed to improve gender inequality.
NSF KSU- IDEAL 2009-2010 (Year 1)
KSU's 2009-2010 IDEAL Departments and Change Leaders: are Chemistry (Michael Tubergin), Physics (Carmen Almasan), and Mathematical Sciences (Andrew Tonge). Each year the three Change Leaders and Kent State IDEAL Co-director Mary Louise Holly focus on a project. This year's change project has four elements: to develop an informative and interactive website, to gather baseline data through the use of an institutional Climate Survey, conduct focus groups, and to develop a handbook for chairs. The website and handbook for chairs will begin the first year and will be developed over the length of the three-year grant.
NSF KSU- IDEAL 2010-2011 (Year 2)
Departments and Change Leaders are: College of Technology (Verna Fitzsimmons), Geology (Daniel Holm), and Anthropology (Marilyn Norconk). Mary Louise Holly is the NSF KSU – IDEAL Co-Director. Susan Freimark (CWRU; Susan Freimark Consulting) is the NSF KSU-IDEAL Change Team Coach. KSU Graduate Research Associate, Judy Rittman (Doctoral student, Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel) is involved with the IDEAL Year 2 change project. The elements of this year's change project are: (1) campus wide programming, including invited speaker Dr. Bernice Sandler, (2) conduct focus group sessions based on data gathered from Year 1 Climate survey, (3) utilize focus group data to advocate for the development of visible and sustainable KSU commissions, programs, and partnerships, and (4) continued updating of KSU IDEAL website and IDEAL Chair Handbook.
NSF KSU- IDEAL 2011-2012 (Year 3)
Departments and Change Leaders are: Geology (Daniel Holm), Psychology (Kathy Kerns), Biological Sciences (Jennifer Marcinkiewicz), and Geography (Mandy Munro-Stasiuk). Mary Louise Holly is the NSF KSU – IDEAL Co-Director. Susan Freimark (CWRU; Susan Freimark Consulting) is the NSF KSU-IDEAL Change Team Coach. KSU Graduate Research Associate, Judy Rittman (Doctoral student, Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel) is involved with the IDEAL Year 3 change project.
Nancy Krestan provides administrative assistance for NSF KSU-IDEAL projects.
Elements of this year's change project include: (1) campus wide programming, including invited speakers Dr. Brenda J. Allen and Dr. Julie Des Jardins, (2) conduct focus group sessions based on data gathered from the Year 1 Climate survey, specifically addressing issues related to promotion of women faculty from Associate Professor to Full Professor, (3) utilize focus group data to advocate for the development of visible and sustainable KSU commissions, programs, and partnerships, (4) continued updating of KSU IDEAL website and IDEAL Chair Handbook, and (5) submission of an NSF ADVANCE-IT grant proposal.
Elements of Change Project 2009-2010Website
Please send suggestions for this evolving website, and peruse Case Western Reserve's IDEAL website for more resources.
Mail suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As partner institutions develop their sites, they will be available here:
Case Western Reserve University: IDEAL Page
The survey was designed and administered online in Spring, 2010 to all tenured and tenure track faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences. Survey Results.
A follow-up survey is currently being administered.
Based on results of the climate survey, focus groups were designed and conducted to gain further information on potential areas for IDEAL change project development.
Chairs and Change Leader's Development Materials
Working together, the IDEAL partner institutions meet bi-monthly to learn from one another, support their respective change projects, and learn from specialists and consultants about the change process, organizational development, and best practices from ADVANCE institutions.Resources
- Bias Called Persistent Hurdle for Women in Sciences
- Women Chemists Committee
- Women Chemists Throughout History
- Association of Women in Mathematics
- Association of Women in Mathematics Career Information
- Mathematical Association of America
- American Math Society
- Has the Women-in-Mathematics Problem Been Solved?
- Canadian Math Society
- Biographies of Women Mathematicians
- Women in Math Project (University of Oregon)
- Black Women in Mathematics
- Women and Mathematics: A Program of the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University
- The Math Forum (Various Resources & Articles)
IDEAL in the News