If I Knew Then What I Know Now: A Portable Mentor for Women Beginning Professorial Careers in Science and Engineering


Projected shortages of engineering faculty make it critical that talented women who arrive at the end of a long educational pipeline, prepared for and desirous of a professorial career in engineering and science, be encouraged and have their chances of success maximized. Mentoring can play a significant role. Unfortunately, many female faculty in nontraditional disciplines find themselves isolated from other faculty who might be mentors. There are, however, other places new faculty can find out about acclimating themselves to the academic lifestyle, learning how to become good teachers and researchers, and grappling with some of the gender-related issues faced by women in science and engineering disciplines. In this article, we offer, in the form of an annotated bibliography, a kind of “portable mentor.” We hope new female faculty in science and engineering, and others committed to their success, will find this portable mentor a source of encouragement and useful advice on building successful academic careers.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Department

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Engineering Facutly; Shortages; College teachers; Women

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1999