Sociology Prof's Paper Recognized at National Engineering ConferenceJuly 12, 2005
The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) recently recognized a research paper on women in engineering co-authored by Rowan University Sociology Professor Dr. Harriet Hartman. The paper, ?Leaving Engineering: Gender Differences,? was named ?Best Paper? in the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE and selected as one of the five best research papers presented during the organization?s National Conference & Exposition this past June.
ASEE is a nonprofit member association of more than 12,000 deans, professors, instructors, students and industry representatives dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education. The organization?s Women in Engineering Division seeks to assess and improve educational practices that impact the attraction and retention of females into engineering professions.
Co-authored with retired Ben Gurion University (Negev, Israel) Sociology Professor Dr. Moshe Hartman, the paper focuses on how the students? academic and personal backgrounds and the many ?female friendly? features of Rowan?s innovative undergraduate engineering programs impact male and female retention. Specifically, the Hartmans compare male and female students who remain in the program to those that leave on a variety of characteristics, including pre-college and family background, grades, satisfaction with the Rowan program, engineering self-confidences and future expectations about engineering majors and careers.
Hartman, who joined the Rowan faculty in 1996, teaches courses including ?The Family,? ?Socialization,? ?Sociology of Religion,? "Sociology of Education? and ?Gender Role Seminar.? She holds a bachelor?s degree in public service from the University of California at Los Angeles and master?s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, respectively.