The University of Cincinnati (UC) is a public research-extensive university ranked 25th among peer public institutions by the National Science Foundation and was named as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education for the fifth straight year (Princeton's Review, 2012). As UC strives to become a top tier research university assessed by aggressive benchmarks and goals, women STEM faculty will play a significant role in achieving this elite status. The work proposed here will facilitate the success of UC through a comprehensive program that will broaden participation and enhance the careers of its women faculty in STEM to establish UC as a desired destination for women and minorities.
UC includes 1,739 full-time faculty of whom 44% are women. However, women faculty are substantially underrepresented in STEM in Engineering & Applied Sciences (10%), Arts & Sciences (29%), and Medicine (28%). Further, as academic rank increases, the representation of women in STEM declines. These data demonstrate the compelling need for transformation.
UC LEAF's focus is on STEM research faculty in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and in selected units in the College of Medicine (COM) and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). These colleges vary widely in how the STEM scientists work, the relative emphasis on research and instruction, and the culture in regard to women.