Engineering society honors Rowan sociology prof

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The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) will recognize a research paper on women in engineering co-authored by Rowan University sociology professor Dr. Harriet Hartman at the 2006 Annual

The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) will recognize a research paper on women in engineering co-authored by Rowan University sociology professor Dr. Harriet Hartman at the 2006 Annual Conference in Chicago in June. 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 2005 National Conference & Exposition. Papers awarded are from those that were presented at the conference the previous year.

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 program impact male and female retention. Specifically, the paper compares male and female students who remain in the program to those who 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, of Voorhees, 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.

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