iREDEFINE Workshop

The iREDEFINE workshop capitalizes on the unique environment provided by the ECEDHA conference to create a mechanism to motivate and prepare women and underrepresented minority (URM) students PhD students for pursuing faculty positions in US Universities. The unique opportunity arises due to the high concentration of ECE department chairs attending the event, most of whom are investing great efforts in increasing the diversity of their faculty. 

The workshop format will balance the effective aspects of the previous three years with feedback received from the participants. In particular, ECE PhD students will have significantly more opportunities to interact with department chairs to learn about their programs, potential faculty positions, and expectations of new faculty. The iREDEFINE Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their research projects and participate in dedicated programming including sessions on negotiation strategies, writing successful proposals, effective teaching methods, and navigating the academic job search including CV review and mock interviews. The iREDEFINE workshop will prepare women and URM PhD students for rewarding academic careers and provide them with a professional network of peers and mentors.









iREDEFINE Workshop Schedule of Events


Saturday, March 26

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Chair Track (Mental Health of Students) -- Optional
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Opening Remarks & Getting to Know Each Other
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm Evening Reception & Poster Session with ECE Department Heads and Chairs

Sunday, March 27

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 10:45 am

Negotiation Workshop

Speaker: Jenna Carpenter, Dean and Professor, School of Engineering, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Negotiation is a key everyday skill in academia (not just for reserved for job interviews and buying cars and houses!). Research shows that if you are hesitant to engage in negotiation, it can result in lower salaries, fewer promotions and less influence at work. The workshop “Negotiation Skills:  Strategies for Success” will focus on research-based strategies and improving negotiation skills, such as becoming aware of the issues, learning about the negotiation process and practicing negotiation. The workshop will also talk about strategies for continuing to build negotiation skills after the conclusion of the workshop.


11:00 am –12:15 pm

Institutional Diversity Panel

Moderator: Agnieszka Miguel, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Seattle University

Department chairs will give an inside look at ECE Departments in diverse types of institutions. The panelists will discuss the expectations and experience of being a faculty member in teaching-oriented colleges, masters-granting universities, Research I and II institutions, as well as small and large universities.

12:15 pm –12:30 pm Networking Break
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote: Pam Cosman - Gender Effects in Faculty Recruitment: Speaker Introductions and Use of Rubrics


A faculty candidate’s research presentation (“job talk”) is a crucial part of a faculty job interview in engineering, and it begins with an introduction of the speaker.  We transcribed the speaker introductions from 175 videotapes of faculty job talks in engineering departments at two universities.  We studied the frequency of irrelevant remarks and positive remarks for men and women candidates, as well as the specific mention of research awards, compared against the occurrence of research awards in candidate CVs. We found that the candidate’s gender significantly affects several aspects of the speaker introduction, with introducers less likely to mention research awards and make positive remarks for women candidates, and more likely to mention irrelevancies in the introductions. This talk will also briefly discuss a related study on the use of written evaluation tools (rubrics) in faculty hiring. The talk will include suggestions for department chairs and search committees.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Student Poster Session Luncheon
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm  Break
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Faculty Panel 

Moderator: Barbara Marino, Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

The panelists will give advice to the iREDEFINE students on how to navigate the challenges of their first years as faculty in order to establish a successful career. They will talk about finding mentors; balancing teaching, research, service, and personal life; navigating departmental culture; advising graduate students; combating imposter syndrome; and responding to microaggressions and implicit bias.

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Mock Interviews
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ECExpo Reception


Monday, March 28

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Chair Track: ECE Curriculum Soapbox - Provocative Ideas on the Future of ECE Education
9:00 am - 9:15 am Networking Break
9:15 am - 10:15 am Closing Remarks and Next Steps

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