Fall workshops set for Central Pennsylvania female STEM faculty

A collaborative program based at Shippensburg University will host a series of workshops next fall for mid-career female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty in colleges and universities in Central Pennsylvania.

Deadline to register for the series is April 15. 

The four-part series beginning in September is the Objective Analysis of Self and Institution Seminar (OASIS). The program, in affiliation with Rutgers University, supports the career development and advancement of academic STEM women through a combination of skills workshops, peer-mentoring, networking and coaching opportunities.  

It 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 National Science Foundation (NSF). In September 2011, NSF awarded Shippensburg, in cooperation with three other organizations, a grant to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of women academics in STEM disciplines. Partnering with Shippensburg are Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and the Innovation Transfer Network.  

The program is intended for female STEM faculty at all career levels in colleges and universities in CentralPennsylvania. Potential workshop topics include understanding and cultivating your style in working with and leading others; being heard clearly at the leadership table and beyond; negotiating effectively in work and life: concepts and skills; and creating balance and integrating work and life.  

The program dates are Sept. 21, Oct. 11, Nov. 2 and Nov. 22. The programs are Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m. in the Dixon University Center on North Second Street in Harrisburg. Dinner/lunch and parking are provided.  

Benefits of participation include clarity about professional goals and how to achieve them; skill development in topics such as negotiation, leadership, teamwork and self-advocacy; an expanded community of colleagues, strategies for enhanced work-life balance; and awareness of skill gaps in leadership. 

The program fee is $825. More information is available online at http://stemuppa.org/?page_id=49.  

For general information, send an e-mail to mflight@ship.edu