Understanding and Strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty Engagement, the Institutional Environment and Transformative Research (STEM-FIT)
STEM-FIT is a research project studying the factors that affect STEM faculty engagement and the contributions of their work. The focus of the project distinguishes it from others in how it is specifically looking at institutional support and faculty work related to the broader impacts of their research and trying to assess how these are related to faculty careers and retention. STEM-FIT will accomplish two main interwoven activities. A research team is designing and conducting a research study using a new model for faculty engagement by looking at what gives faculty a sense of autonomy, competence, and belonging which will lead to higher job satisfaction. Secondly, STEM-FIT is planning and convening a workshop to synthesize recent work encompassing career life balance and broader impacts infrastructure, share and stimulate promising practices, and develop recommendations for institutional action.
STEM-FIT is funded by National Science Foundation award IIA-1449187. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.