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Goal 3: Promote a representative faculty and student body; increase our stature and public awareness


Increase representativeness of the ECE students, faculty, and staff

  • Recruit a diverse undergraduate population
  • Provide incentives for recruitment of graduate enrichment fellows
  • Establish strategic relationships with minority serving institutions
  • Ensure that hiring activities result in increased representativeness of faculty
  • Promote welcoming culture for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff
  • Eliminate gender or cultural biases in recruitment processes
  • Work with COE leadership to advance department representativeness and culture
  • Promote humanitarian engineering activities in student recruitment

Expand public relations activities

  • Develop department procedure to identify and announce news items for every Ph.D. dissertation, project award, and publication
  • Establish procedure for faculty to report new results and innovations consistently
  • Create informative and appealing promotional material for placement in Dreese and Caldwell
  • Expand shared resource of ECE public relations presentation materials
  • Continuous development and refinement of current departmental “talking points” on recent developments
  • Implement consistent branding across external and internal communications

Expand outreach activities

  • Expand hands-on activities that can be taken to schools through participation of undergraduate capstone and MS program design projects
  • Transition leadership of COE FIRST program from MAE to ECE
  • Work with alumni association to expand activities and increase participation
  • Develop reward system to encourage faculty to participate
  • Work with college to leverage COE outreach efforts
  • Expand department participation in humanitarian activities
  • Expand communication efforts associated with outreach programs

Resource requirements and sources
  • Course release for faculty involvement
  • Department funds provided for materials and supplies
  • Staff support for outreach efforts
  • Partnership with college and university communications offices
  • Volunteer efforts of department alumni society
  • Pooled resources and college/university funds for hiring of women/minority faculty members
  • College initiatives in graduate recruitment

Measuring our progress

Key metrics

Baseline (2014) 2018-19
Representativeness of ECE faculty   +
Number of females in ECE student body*

U: 106

G: 71

Number of students from underrepresented minorities**

 U: 73

G: 9

Number of strategic relationships with minority serving institutions  0 2
Number of “major” ECE news items per year 10 18
Active participants in ECE alumni society 20 100
Students participating in humanitarian activities 20 40
Number of student contacts via outreach per year 1,550 2,000


* U= Undergraduates, G=Ms and Ph.D. students
** Represents African American, Hispanic,  American Indian / Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students