Live Stream Research Seminar: Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
Mar
7
11:00 AM11:00

Live Stream Research Seminar: Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering

Building on our recent conference on Ethics and Equity in Engineering, we are extending the invitation to our upcoming research seminar to our CoP partners and wider network across Canada. Please fill out the form below to be included when we send out the link just before the talk begins. The live stream, hosted using Periscope, will be viewable through ILead's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ILeadUofT/

Note: If you are in Toronto and would like to attend in person, please register through the regular event page: http://ilead.engineering.utoronto.ca/event/erincech/


Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering

Can the culture of engineering reproduce inequality? The professional cultures, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. I explain how these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women and other under-represented groups in STEM.  Specifically, I discuss the role of three particular cultural ideologies—schemas of scientific excellence, depoliticization, and the meritocratic ideology—in producing disadvantage. I end by explaining why decisions (e.g. admissions, hiring, tenure) that partially rely on assessments of individuals’ “fit” with professional cultures are particularly important to critically examine for their potential to contribute to inequality.

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Dr. Cech is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Diego and undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and sociology from Montana State University. Her research on inequality in STEM professions focuses on the recruitment and retention of women, LGBTQ, and racial/ethnic minority persons in STEM degree programs and STEM jobs. She is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review. Her research has been cited in The New York Times, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, and the news sections of Science and Nature.


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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Sixth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Topic: Learning Self-Leadership in an Engineering Context

ILead is built on the premise that leadership begins with the self, that it is a process that can be learned. But how does this happen in engineering contexts? How much is learned from formal programs, and how much is a matter of individual experience? This conference will explore these questions through interactive activities and workshops led by skilled professionals who facilitate engineers learning self-leadership.

Staying true to the ethos of the Community of Practice, you can expect a structured and dynamic set of interactions with an exceptional group of participants: a diverse mix of engineers, managers, and human resource professionals from the eight partners of the CoP; engineering students from leadership programs and courses; and the faculty and staff from ILead and U of T who make these initiatives happen.

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

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Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please send an email directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca) and we will follow-up to get your information. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Fifth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Fifth Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on ethics, equity and diversity in engineering. We will present findings from an ongoing research project on ethics & equity, with a focus on real life ethical dilemmas faced by engineers at various career stages and in different sectors. Participants will work through in-depth case studies to articulate their own perspectives on how to respond in different situations. The conference will close with a panel discussion featuring a combination of working engineers and engineering students, looking at gendered leadership dynamics in the workplace. 

Staying true to the ethos of the Community of Practice, you can expect a structured and dynamic set of interactions with an exceptional group of participants: a diverse mix of engineers, managers, and human resource professionals from the eight partners of the CoP; engineering students from leadership programs and courses; and the faculty and staff from ILead and U of T who make these initiatives happen.

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

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Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please send an email directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca) and we will follow-up to get your information. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Fourth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room 202 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Fourth Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on the experiences of early career engineers in the workplace. In particular, the conference will share research on two major topics: 1) workplace adjustment, including the topics of professional challenges, workplace learning, and leadership; and 2) workplace supports with a specific focus on mentorship. These topics will be discussed from the perspectives of early career engineers, managers, and human resources professionals. Through research presentations and interactive activities, the conference will allow participants to gain practical insights into issues of workplace adjustment of early career engineers. It will also help companies develop strategies to enhance the integration, training, and retention of young talent.

The conference is exclusive to CoP partner companies. It is intended for engineers at all career stages and for those concerned with the professional development of engineers such as managers and HR/PD professionals. The conference will also be attended by selected UofT engineering students and leadership development staff.

 

Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please email your contact information directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca). Apologies for any inconvenience. 

 

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Jan
25
11:00 AM11:00

Research Seminar: "Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem"

  • University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, Room 215 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Title: “Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem."

Speakers: Caitlin Cassie and Andrew Do from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University.  

Presentation abstract: Drawing on literature reviews, semi-structured interviews, and comprehensive analysis, this presentation will discuss the role of work-integrated learning (WIL) in the school-to-work transition of students. In particular, it will examine the operation of one WIL opportunity – the Siemens Canada Dual Education Program – and its potential role in the expansion of WIL opportunities across Canada. This presentation will also discuss the following three findings: 1) The skills mismatch problem and the experience mismatch problem are two distinct issues facing recent graduates; 2) Multi-sectoral partnerships between industry, government and postsecondary institutions are critical when developing and delivering effective WIL programming; and 3) Leveraging WIL can strengthen the pipeline of productive and loyal talent. Based on these findings, the presentation will lastly provide recommendations on how to scale WIL opportunities for a broader base of students.

Format: As part of ILead's research seminar series, this will feature a research presentation and open Q&A period. Come join ILead staff, faculty and our colleagues from around the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the broader university. CoP member companies are welcome. 

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Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Third Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Third Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on the university-to-work transition of engineering students, a critical stage in the professional formation of engineers. In particular, it will present and discuss two sets of findings from ILead’s current research on the topic of transition: 1) conceptions of leadership among early career engineers and opportunities for its practice and development in the workplace; and 2) the role of internships and cooperatives in the university-to-work transition of engineering students.


Through concise research presentations and interactive activities, the conference will allow participants to gain insights into theories, practices and issues of engineering leadership. It will also provide them with an in-depth understanding of engineering students’ internship and cooperative experiences and the role they play in their workplace transition. Lastly, it will facilitate the discussion of what companies can do to enhance recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of early career engineers. 

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

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Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please email your contact information directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca). Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

ILead Full Day Leadership Lab: Workplace Readiness

  • Galbraith Building Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is targeted at current engineering students, but is also being advertised to PEY students (on a 12–16 month internship) and new graduates (1–3 years of work experience) to create an atmosphere where diverse perspectives can be shared. 

The Workshop will aim to help participants answer the following questions:

  • How will you successfully navigate your new work-role and environment? 
  • How will you get the most value out of the work experience while adding the most value to your employer? 
  • Where will this experience take you next?

There will be a focus on all participants drawing from their personal experience to contribute to discussions, as well as generating ideas and setting personal goals to address the above questions for their own work situations. All participants will have the chance to interact with and learn from people from other companies. In addition to being general participants, junior engineers will have an opportunity to share their perspective through a mentoring session.

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