28th HENAAC Conference | October 5-9-, 2016 | Anaheim, CA

ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium

Overview

The paucity of diverse faculty in engineering is a well known problem.  The lack of diversity among faculty themselves is a key barrier in strengthening the institutional receptivity towards diversity.  While, effort has been made to increase the diversity in engineering education, over the past two decades, these efforts have been slow and yielded little change.

Consequently, the seven largest national diversity-serving professional organizations came together to form a collaborative research partnership – ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement - to proactively address the lack of diversity in engineering education. These partners, in alphabetic order, include the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  This is a historical undertaking as it is the first time that these seven professional organizations have joined forces to positively impact the nation’s welfare by increasing the diversity of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students by supporting their professional development.

ASSIST Travel Grants

Many engineering faculty use their diversity-serving organizations to support their persistence and success throughout their education.  Assembling a critical mass of diverse engineering early-career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students will also serve as a recruiting mechanism and support network to encourage undergraduate students to consider this career path. ASSIST seeks to engage (or reengage) early-career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students with their diversity-serving professional organization in order to increase the diversity of their informal professional networks.  To that effect, each partner organization will utilize travel grants to increase the number of engineering early career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students with a faculty interest, to participate in the respective national conferences. 

In partnership with MAES – Latinos in Science and Engineering, up to 80 Hispanic early-career faculty, post docs and graduate students, in engineering, at accredited 2-year and 4-year institutions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will be provided a travel grant up to $2,000 to attend the 2016 ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium, in Anaheim, CA, from October 6 – 8, 2016. The Symposium will be held at the HENAAC Conference.

ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium

The ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium will deliver faculty development workshops on a variety of topics including the tenure process, NSF proposal and reviewer opportunities, effective mentorship, inclusive pedagogy, innovating practice from research and teaching, and best practices for engaging Hispanic engineering students. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with the larger HENAAC Conference audience.  In addition, participants will be asked to “give back” by serve as judges for the Research Posters Competition on Saturday.  The Symposium begins on Thursday afternoon (October 6) and concludes on Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

Please [Click Here] (coming soon) to see the most current agenda.  

How To Apply

Travel awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the Symposium. Lodging will be provided for three (3) nights on October 6, 7 and 8. Participant travel days will be early morning Thursday, October 6 and Sunday, October 9, 2016.  The Symposium will begin mid-afternoon Thursday, October 6.

The application deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016.  Please visit https://assisttravelgrants.org/ to submit your application.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Gary Cruz, Director of Academic Affairs and University Relations, by email to gcruz@greatmindsinstem.org or phone at (323) 262-0997.

2016 ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium

 Tentative Agenda

Thursday, October 6, 2016
2:30 PM -3:30 PM ASSIST: session 1a
2:30 PM -3:30 PM ASSIST: session 1b
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ASSIST: session 2a
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ASSIST: session 2b
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Welcome Reception
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Salute to National Defense Awards Dinner
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM 1st Time Attendee - Newcomers Orientation
   
Friday, October 7, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ASSIST: Seminar 3 & breakfast
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ASSIST: session 4a
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ASSIST: session 4b
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM HENAAC Awards Luncheon
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM ASSIST: session 5a
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM ASSIST: session 5b
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ASSIST: session 6a
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ASSIST: session 6b
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ASSIST Faculty Reception
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM HENAAC Awards Show
   
Saturday, October 8, 2016
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM ASSIST: breakfast grab and go
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Research Poster Competition: Graduate Student Judging
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Exhibitor Lunch
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Research Poster Competition: Undergraduate Student Judging
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ASSIST: Closing & Evaluation
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Student Leadership Dinner