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What is your definition of “climate”?

One of our research projects for ADVANCE involves doing a survey of people at Purdue asking them about their experience of Purdue’s “climate.” We’re working on developing the survey, but one of the things we’re finding interesting is that people’s definitions of climate vary significantly, and tend to involve using other metaphors to define climate,…

A good friend and colleague of mine, Alisha Wallers recently sent me an email about a new company she has founded. She used to be a mainstay of the feminist engineering education group until she “retired” to spend more time focusing on the education of her kids. Since then, she started “Learning with Alisha!” which…

Transitions: blogging while on the job market

While many of you are thinking about issues related to blogging and interviewing, let’s take this opportunity to have a more constructive conversation on benefits and pitfalls of blogging while on the job market. Warning: I want the discussion in this thread to be focused on a wide range of experiences, questions, and generalities, and…

So, have you been asked whether you are married or have kids on an academic job interview? Many of us have, even though the people interviewing you are not supposed to ask. What strategies have you used (or would have liked to use ) to deal with these awkward questions? Do you wear your wedding…

What’s wrong with this picture?

Noted the other day when Minnow was puzzling. It’s a good thing she can’t read yet.

Engineer, thy name is enlightenment hero

Okay, I’ve been having some interesting conversations on and offline about what boils down to engineering epistemology and identity. Of course, that’s my research area, so I dig it. And I want to start having a bigger conversation about if there’s anything particularly indelible or inherent about “engineers” or “engineering.” But first I want to…

Some resources on implicit bias

Some of the comments to this post brought up the topic of implicit gender bias, and I thought the time might be ripe for a couple of pointers on the subject. Although I’m changing the context a little (from ethics training to search committees), the comments on reducing bias remain the same.

Seasonal misconceptions

It’s mid-January and you are probably contemplating whether we’ll get another snow day this week. Or maybe you are thinking about your upcoming ski trip? Or how you’ll pay your heating bills? any case, winter is probably on your mind. Ah winter, that time of year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun. Right?…