Increasing Collaboration among Geotechnical Engineering Faculty: A Case Study from the "geotechnical Engineering Women Faculty: Networked and Thriving" Project

Christopher L. Meehan, Sanjeev Kumar, Miguel A. Pando, Joseph T. Coe, Patricia Gallagher, Shobha Bhatia, Sharon Alestalo, Sucheta Soundarajan, Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

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Abstract

The number of women in the geotechnical engineering profession has increased exponentially in the past 30 years. Even so, women only comprise about 20% of the geotechnical faculty in the U.S. This case study describes a recent project to create an enduring network of geotechnical engineering faculty colleagues and collaborators, both women and men. The authors implemented a professional development intervention model to improve networks and collaboration and a social network survey to improve understanding of existing networks and practices. Within the intervention model, a successful strategy for establishing new collaborations and enhancing existing collaborations, was the award of small seed grants combined with the structured opportunities to meet and learn together. The seed grant program could be a model for academic institutions and other organizations to facilitate collaborative efforts that could lead to greater research funding and faculty inclusion on larger, interdisciplinary proposals solving the complex problems of today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
EditorsSanjeev Kumar, Joseph T. Coe, Christopher L. Meehan, Miguel A. Pando
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages86-98
Number of pages13
EditionGSP 314
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482070, 9780784482087, 9780784482094, 9780784482100, 9780784482117, 9780784482124, 9780784482131, 9780784482148, 9780784482155, 9780784482162
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event8th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck, Geo-Congress 2019 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Mar 24 2019Mar 27 2019

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
NumberGSP 314
Volume2019-March
ISSN (Print)0895-0563

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck, Geo-Congress 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period3/24/193/27/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Meehan, C. L., Kumar, S., Pando, M. A., Coe, J. T., Gallagher, P., Bhatia, S., Alestalo, S., Soundarajan, S., & Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A. (2019). Increasing Collaboration among Geotechnical Engineering Faculty: A Case Study from the "geotechnical Engineering Women Faculty: Networked and Thriving" Project. In S. Kumar, J. T. Coe, C. L. Meehan, & M. A. Pando (Eds.), Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP 314 ed., pp. 86-98). (Geotechnical Special Publication; Vol. 2019-March, No. GSP 314). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784482162.008