NSF-funded program conducts first workshop

A program to support women in science began a four-part workshop series with a recent presentation in Harrisburg. The workshop series is in conjunction with a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Shippensburg University to support women in science.

The 11 participants were from Shippensburg University, Millersville University, Dickinson College and Franklin and Marshall College. stemuplogo

The Sept. 21 workshop at Dixon University Center is part of the Objective Analysis of Self and Institution Seminar (OASIS). The workshop, facilitated by Beth Tracy of Beth Tracy Consulting was “Understand and Cultivate Your Style in Working with and Leading Others.” The workshop developed skills and awareness of different leadership styles, and in dealing with those whose styles differ from your own.

OASIS is sponsored by the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math-University Partnership for the Advancement of Academic Women in Pennsylvania (STEM-UP PA), which is funded by the NSF. The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, enhancing diversity of the science and engineering workforce. Grant partners include Shippensburg University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Elizabethtown College and the Innovation Transfer Network.

According to Dr. Kate G. McGivney, professor of mathematics at Shippensburg, “We’re excited about welcoming the first cohort of female mid-career STEM faculty to the OASIS leadership and advancement professional development program which will run in Harrisburg through December. We are fortunate to be working with Beth Tracy who has pioneered and developed the OASIS program at Rutgers.

“This program is a great way to support women and to provide them with leadership skills so that they not only remain in STEM fields but that they continue to seek out leadership roles at their universities and within their professional organizations. Additionally, the program includes a peer-mentoring component which will provide the cohort with a strong network of STEM faculty from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. Thanks to the NSF grant, programming will be available for additional cohorts in the coming years. “

Future workshop topics include “Negotiate Effectively in Work and Life: Concepts and Skills,” “Being Heard Clearly at the Leadership Table and Beyond” and “Creating Balance and Integrating Work and Life.” A potential fifth workshop on conflict resolution may be added.

For more information visit the STEM-UP PA website at www.stemuppa.org.