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ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID)

E&ER has worked with several projects supported by NSF ADVANCE PAID grants that seek to foster women's advancement in the sciences. These projects have focused on career development in the form of workshops, networking and mentoring.

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Career Development Workshops for Women Faculty

E&ER served as program evaluator for the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks (ASCENT) program for women in atmospheric science or meteorology. ASCENT offers an annual three-day networking workshop for junior and senior women scientists, with follow-up reunions at major national meetings. The workshops aim to encourage positive mentoring relationships, to educate participants about the obstacles faced by women in science, and to provide women with resources for overcoming these obstacles.

Publications

Avallone, L., Hallar, A.G., Thiry, H. & Edwards, L. (2013). Supporting the retention and advancement of women in the atmospheric sciences: What women are saying. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94(9), 1313-1316

Reports

Thiry, H. (2011). Developing networks of women scientists: Outcomes from the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks workshop, 2009-2011. Final report, Year 3. (Report to ASCENT). Boulder, CO: University of Colorado at Boulder, Ethnography & Evaluation Research.

Thiry, H. (2011). Long-term outcomes of the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks (ASCENT) workshop: Comparison of results from longitudinal surveys of 2009 and 2010 ASCENT participants. (Report prepared for ASCENT). Boulder, CO: Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder.

Thiry, H. (2010). Evaluation of the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks (ASCENT) conference, July 14-16, 2010. Annual Report, Year 2. Report to ASCENT. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado at Boulder, Ethnography & Evaluation Research.

Thiry, H. (2009).  Evaluation of the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks (ASCENT) conference, June 15-17, 2009.  Annual report, Year 1. (Report to ASCENT) Boulder, CO:  University of Colorado at Boulder, Ethnography & Evaluation Research.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under award HRD-0820214. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these reports are those of the researchers, and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

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Supportive Networks for Early-Career Scientists

The Earth Science Women's Network is a grassroots network formed to support early-career women geoscientists. As evaluators for ESWN, we gathered data to understand the issues that ESWN members face and to explore the outcomes of the network's in-person and online professional development offerings.

Reports

Archie, T., & Laursen, S. (2013).  Summative Report on the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) NSF ADVANCE PAID Collaborative Award (2009-2013).  [Report to ESWN] Ethnography & Evaluation Research, Boulder, CO.

Archie, T., & Laursen, S. (2013, July).  Evaluation Report:  2013 Career Development Workshop from the Earth Science Women’s Network “Building Leadership and Management Skills for Success,” June 10-11, 2013, Providence, RI.  [Report to ESWN]  Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder.

Archie, T., Kogan, M., & Laursen, S. (2012, July).  Evaluation Report: 2012 Career Development Workshop from the Earth Science Women’s Network “Skills for Networking and Communication,” June 4-6, 2012, Madison, Wisconsin. [Report prepared for ESWN].  Boulder, CO: Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder.

Archie, T., Laursen, S., & Kogan, M.  (2012). A balancing act: A quantitative analysis of the influence of work/life balance and work atmosphere on personal and professional success of women scientists. Abstract ED13A-0767 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, December 3-7.

Kogan, M., & Laursen, S. (2011).  Collaborative research: Facilitating career advancement for women in the geosciences through the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN).  Evaluation Report:  2011 Professional Development Workshop. [Report prepared for ESWN] Boulder, CO: Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder.

Kogan, M., & Laursen, S. L. (2011). Obstacles in advancement of young female geoscientists: Research results from the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN).  Abstract ED23B-0617 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.

Kogan, M., & Laursen, S. L. (2010).  Evaluating career development resources:  Lessons from the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN). Abstract ED13A-0600 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under award HRD-0929829. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these reports are those of the researchers, and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

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Peer Mentoring for Women Faculty

The Horizontal Mentoring Alliances project is designed to facilitate the advancement of senior women chemistry faculty members at liberal arts institutions to the highest ranks of academic leadership by achieving four linked objectives:

  1. helping senior women faculty articulate short- and long-range career goals and then formulate action plans to attain them;
  2. helping senior women faculty achieve professional recognition or leadership roles in their departments, institutions, and professional organizations;
  3. identifying and/or creating resources that address career development issues for senior women at liberal arts institutions; and
  4. disseminating best practices on mentoring strategies for academic women.

The external evaluation sought to document progress toward these objectives, assess the relative effectiveness of each of the project’s strategies, and explore what issues may differ for women at liberal arts colleges as compared to those at Ph.D.-granting institutions—and which therefore may require different strategies to solve.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under award HRD-0619150. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these reports are those of the researchers, and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

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