Increasing the Participation and AdvanCemenT of Women in Information Technology (ImPACT IT)

This NSF ADVANCE grant is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of diverse faculty in academic institutions. The grant’s Core Team will work with the Association for Information Systems (AIS) to investigate whether organizational barriers that inhibit equity may exist in policies, processes, practices, and the organizational culture and climate. The ImPACT IT project will address the lack of gender equity within Information Systems (IS) academia.

Increasing the number of women, especially at the rank of full professor, benefits all of society since equal representation of women of all intersectional identities among the senior ranks of IS faculty will enhance the quality of students’ education, the impact of university research, engagement with communities, and the leadership of higher education institutions.

ImPACT IT is funded as National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Partnership Grant #2102119. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations resulting from this grant are those of the grantees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The Core Team is comprised of women IT faculty from the College of William & Mary, Appalachian State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Kennesaw State University, and Washington State University. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. The ImPACT IT Core Team thanks the NSF for providing support to pursue its work with the Association for Information Systems.