SUPPLY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Brunswick Community College (BCC) has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF-ADVANCE program) in the amount of $199,928 to coordinate a comprehensive study of the status of community college women faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. Working collaboratively with select community colleges in Southeastern North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) data will be collected and interventions created to support the success of STEM community college faculty. As the project lead institution, BCC will coordinate project finances, data collection efforts, centralized publicity and scholarly research resulting from data analysis.
Project Director and BCC Chemistry/Biology Instructor, Dr. Sybil Burgess stated that “This type of project has never been completed for a community college system and BCC is the first community college in the nation to receive a grant from the NSF-ADVANCE program. The implementation of this project will create new knowledge in this field, facilitate the development of novel insights by community college leadership and foster the creation of expanded professional opportunities for women community college STEM faculty. In addition we anticipate that there will be great benefit to all community college faculty members from the implementation of this project.”
Co-Project Directors are BCC Vice President for Student Services Dr. Edith Lang, BCC Dean of Arts and Sciences Ms. Jennifer Schumacker, BCC Biotechnology Program Chair Ms. Michelle Sabaoun and UNCW Sociology Professor, Dr. Diane Levy. Project Supervising Administrator is BCC Vice President for Academic Services, Ms. Sharon Thompson.
Other community colleges participating in the project include Southeastern Community College, Robeson Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Bladen Community College, and Sampson Community College. These community colleges, along with BCC constitute a Southeastern North Carolina community college Consortium. Representatives from each consortium community college will coordinate local data acquisition and sponsor local workshops at their home institution as well as participate in overall project activities.
Data and recommendations from this study will be presented to the North Carolina Community College System Office and the North Carolina Community College Faculty Association. Community college administrations from other states will be notified about this study and will be sent a copy of the study’s final report upon their request. In addition research results will be published in professional scholarly journals and presented at professional conferences.