ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium


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.

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.

ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium

The ASSIST Early-Career Faculty 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 Friday and Saturday.  The Symposium begins on Thursday afternoon (September 26) and concludes on Saturday, September 28, 2019. 



ASSIST Travel Grants

Up to 40 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 2019 ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Symposium, in Lake Buena Vista, FL, from September 26 – 28, 2018. The Symposium will be held at the HENAAC Conference. Travel grants are made possible through support received from the National Science Foundation (#1548322).

Travel awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the Symposium. Lodging will be provided for two (2) or three (3) nights on September 26, 27, and 28. Participant travel days will be early morning Thursday, September 26 and either Saturday, September 28 or Sunday, September 29.  The Symposium will begin mid-afternoon Thursday, September 26

Travel Grant Eligibility

Applicants for ASSIST Travel Grants must meet the following criteria:

  • Early-career faculty members, post-doctoral professionals, doctoral candidates or doctoral students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
  • Doctoral candidates/students must be pursuing an engineering degree, be in good academic standing, enrolled full or part time, and demonstrate a compelling interest in a faculty career.
  • A complete ASSIST Travel Grant Application includes:

  • Responses to a short set of eligibility questions.
  • Statement of Interest - describe what you hope to gain by participating in the event and how the experience will benefit you and your career.
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution - describe your contributions to engineering diversity as well as your future diversity-related goals.
  • NSF Bio – A biographical sketch that adheres to NSF guidelines.

    The application deadline is August 16, 2019. Please visit to update or complete your profile and your application.

    Contact Information

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