September Newsletter

Happy September, Student Division!

The semester is back in full swing for many, so we wanted to reach out and let you know about what the division has been up to, as well as some job postings and general ASEE Student Division announcements. Besides these opportunities, we also wanted to share some of the initiatives in the works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity as a division. You can find more details on the first of these, a diversity book club, in the general announcements below. We’ll also be adding information about DEI in each of the coming newsletters. September is National Hispanic Heritage Month. We celebrate by remembering Dr. Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic female astronaut. Check out the flyer below for more facts and figures. Huge shout out to our diversity chair Thant Soe for putting this together!

Also, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Adrianne (ajwheele@gmail.com) or Cassie (cswood@umich.edu) with any questions or concerns regarding the division or the annual conference, or to Skyler (me@skylerausten.com) with questions about adding a listing to our monthly newsletter. We’re still in the process of updating our Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Discord, and website to have more consistent streams of relevant information. We’ll use these platforms to deliver new programming that focuses on topics like mental health, diversity and inclusivity in engineering education, and promoting student chapter growth and development. Until next month’s newsletter, stay well and take care!


Best,

Skyler Austen
Information Chair
me@skylerausten.com


Cassandra Woodcock
Division Chair
cswood@umich.edu

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General Announcements:

1. STUDENT DIV ANNOUNCEMENT: Request for Feedback on ASEE Hub

2. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Diversity Book Club

3. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Student Division Resource Sessions

4. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Survey – Natural Vocabulary on ML Concepts

5. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Survey – Natural Vocabulary on ML Concepts

6. CALL FOR PAPERS: 2021 ASEE Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA

7. CALL FOR PAPERS: Intersectionality and Education Work during COVID-19 Transitions – Journal of Gender, Work, & Organization

8. CALL FOR PAPERS: Higher Education Themed Issue – Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

9. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Engineering Education Research Seminars at the University of Michigan

10. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: CHEER UP Talk Series Available Online

11. PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Michigan Ph.D. and M.S. Programs Engineering Education Research PROSPECTIVE STUDENT OPEN HOUSE

Position Announcements:

1. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Visiting Assistant Professor in Introduction to Engineering and Design at New York University Tandon School of Engineering

2. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Post-Doctoral Fellow Position at New Jersey Institute of Technology

3. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Post-Doctoral Position at Boise State Universitya


General Announcements, Detailed:

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1. STUDENT DIV ANNOUNCEMENT: Request for Feedback on ASEE Hub

You may have received an e-mail from ASEE about a new Hub forum that is intended to promote communication among members. The Student Division has a group site within this Hub, and we’re hoping to learn how we can best use this new platform to serve our members. Please provide feedback on the ASEE HUB as to how you would like to see the division use the forum. To access the Hub, please go to https://aseehub.asee.org and look for the Student Division category. Feel free to use this discussion board to give feedback or start other discussions. How would you like this tool to be used in the future?

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2. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Diversity Book Club

ASEE Student Division would like to start a book club to explore diversity issues experienced in engineering. We will cover two books in the academic year. During these club meetings, we will invite ASEE diversity researchers to be there to relate it back to engineering and engineering education research. The second book will be selected based on the members’ recommendations.

We would like to start off with Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. Current and future engineers need to be informed about the impact of their designs when gender differences are not considered. Especially when machine learning and artificial intelligence shape our future, we should all learn about the data content that is being considered. This book exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, which means everyone because male engineers can have mothers, wives, sisters, daughters who are also affected by this.

The book will be divided into two sections; thus, we will have two meetings during Fall:

(1) Daily Life and the Workplace (Chapters 1-6) will explore workplace discrimination, gender bias in academia, public transportation, influence of motherhood on career, brilliance bias.

(2) Design, Health, and Policies (Chapters 7-16) will explore data correlations and gender, data programming, tech companies, future technology design development, medical research methodology, diagnosing females, recognizing the cost of female gender roles, and policies for inclusivity.

If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this short survey. If you have any questions, please e-mail ms3297@drexel.edu.

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3. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Student Division Resource Sessions

Student Division Call for Papers Live Q&A Session

Members of the Student Division leadership team will be hosting a live Q&A session via Discord (link here: https://discord.gg/6F5UYje) on Thursday, September 24th, from 5:30-6:30 PM EST where we will be available to answer questions about the 2021 Call for Papers and socialize! Please come say hi!

Student Division Abstract Writing Workshop

Be on the lookout for an announcement with details about an abstract writing workshop in early October! We hope to see you there.

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4. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Survey – Natural Vocabulary on ML Concepts

Calling all those interested in improving tags and engineers’ search for machine learning/data mining research materials!

Please consider participating in a survey geared toward gathering the natural vocabulary used for finding ML concepts. The data will be used to create a mapping between subject tags and user’s natural language for these concepts, in the hopes of improving search and to educate researchers on different search terms for ML techniques.

Please consider taking and sharing the (20 min.) survey. As a thank you for participating, your e-mail (if you choose to provide one) will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Also, all who participate may receive a copy of the concept mappings from this research.

https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9RkgBB3E68iZlZj.

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5. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Delta Future Faculty Institute

Dear Colleague, 

Are you a current graduate-level student or industry employee considering a career as an engineering faculty member? If so, the ASEE DELTA Future Faculty Institute is for you! 

Click here to learn more about the DELTA Future Faculty Institute!

Overview 

Premiering October 2020, the ASEE DELTA Future Faculty Institute is a three-part, instructor-led online program that will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to positively launch their engineering faculty careers. 

Throughout this program, led by Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E. (Workplace TLC, Kettering University), participants will learn how to prepare for and navigate the faculty application, interview, and start-up process, while engaging with a network of peer colleagues. Click here to read complete program details. 

Dates and Times 

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11 AM – 1 PM, ET  
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 11 AM – 1 PM, ET  
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 11 AM – 12 PM, ET 

Pricing 

We are pleased to offer introductory pricing for this program at $250 for ASEE members and $300 for non-members. This program has been valued at $375. Register todayNot a member? Click here to learn about ASEE individual memberships and to join ASEE. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools to launch your engineering faculty career. Learn more and registerfor the DELTA Future Faculty Institute today – seating is limited!  

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6. CALL FOR PAPERS: 2021 ASEE Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA

The Student Division requests submissions to the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. Abstract submissions will open on September 8th, 2021. More information on the submission process can be found on ASEE’s website: https://www.asee.org/annual-conference/2021/paper-management/call-for-papers#cfp_2397

The Student Division is also requesting volunteers to help review abstracts and papers submitted to the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference. Reviewers can volunteer by e-mailing the Program Chair Adrianne Wheeler (awheel13@mail.depaul.edu) their contact information.

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7. CALL FOR PAPERS: Intersectionality and Education Work during COVID-19 Transitions – Journal of Gender, Work, & Organization

Please find the attached call for papers for a special issue on intersectionality and education work during COVID-19 transitions. I’m co-editing with several colleagues for the journal of Gender, Work, & Organization. It is an interdisciplinary journal that welcomes critical work from diverse fields (and with a 3.101 impact factor). The deadline for an extended abstract (500 words) is November 10th, 2020, we will send out an invitation for full submission by mid-December, and the complete submission is due June 1st, 2021.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/pb-assets/assets/14680432/GWO_SI_CfP_Intersectionality%20and%20education%20work%20during%20COVID-19%20transitions-1598602318500.pdf

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8. CALL FOR PAPERS: Higher Education Themed Issue – Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (JWM) is pleased to announce a Themed Issue on Reimagining STEM Higher Education Research with Guest Editors Drs. Walter Lee and Sarah Rodriguez. We invite those working in this area to submit original papers that focus on social and political identities (e.g., race, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability) that are structurally linked to systems of oppression. Articles should focus on one or more aspects of the STEM higher education system (e.g., policy, structure, pedagogy, course content, ecology) and may address any combination of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and/or faculty in a range of higher education contexts (e.g., community colleges, minority-serving institutions, rural).

We will accept the following types of papers: (1) Position Papers presenting an arguable opinion, plan of action, or agenda; (2) Methods Papers interrogating methodologies, approaches, or techniques; and (3) Theory Papers interrogating frameworks, conceptual models, or paradigms. Questions to consider include: How might we better use theories to promote equity in STEM higher education? What research methods are best suited for generating the sorts of insights needed to promote equity in STEM higher education? How might we reconceptualize how we design a STEM curriculum? What lines of inquiry should be prioritized by social scientists and education researchers focused on equity in STEM higher education? If you are uncertain about the suitability of an idea, please ask one of the guest editors.

The due date for abstracts is October 9th, 2020. Please see the Call for Papers for additional information: https://tinyurl.com/JWMThemedIssue

Walter C. Lee (walterl@vt.edu) and Sarah L. Rodriguez (Sarah.Rodriguez@tamuc.edu)

Guest Editors, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (JWM)

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9. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Engineering Education Research Seminars at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Engineering Education Research Program is excited to be able to invite you to our 2020-2021 EER Seminar Series. Building on anti-racist momentum from the summer, we’ve decided to use our EER seminar platform to both amplify the work of Black and other minoritized scholars and to showcase research about the experiences of minoritized engineering students and/or engineers. Because of COVID uncertainty, we’ve planned for all of the seminars (through spring 2021) to take place virtually, via Zoom.

We have an incredible lineup (see below)! The seminars are all scheduled for Wednesdays, at 3:30 – 4:30pm EST, and most events are open to the interested public (though you must register to attend). More information, as well as registration details, will be available on https://eer.engin.umich.edu/events-seminars/ a few weeks before each talk, and you may sign up to receive e-mail reminders and registration links for the seminars using this interest form: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVyS9joC9iHcoVLtvWuo939wn1ekHlVhBHZgBmVdIhpQ7TRA/viewform).

2020-2021 EER Seminar Series

· 9/9/20 Monique Ross, Florida International University

· 9/23/20 Stephanie Masta & Alice Pawley, Purdue University

· 10/7/20 Walter Lee, Virginia Tech

· 10/28/20 Rosemary Perez, University of Michigan

· 11/18/20 James Holly, Jr, Wayne State University

· 1/27/21 Danny Caballero, Michigan State University

· 2/17/21 Kelly Cross, University of Nevada – Reno

· 3/10/21 Adam Kirn, University of Nevada – Reno

· 3/24/21 Inês DeReito, University College London

· 4/14/21 Laura Hirshfield, University of Michigan

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The University of Michigan Engineering Education Program

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10. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: CHEER UP Talk Series Available Online

This summer, almost 400 people registered and participated in the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research: Updated Perspectives (CHEER UP) talk series. Thank you to all of the participants from around the world and to the authors who made time for the sessions. The hope is to continue the series later this year or next summer. Videos of all the sessions from summer 2020 are now available online at https://bit.do/cheerupvideos

For more information, contact Aditya Johri at George Mason University at johri@gmu.edu.

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11. PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Michigan Ph.D. and M.S. Programs Engineering Education Research PROSPECTIVE STUDENT OPEN HOUSE

We are excited to invite all interested students to attend an open house to learn about the UM’s graduate program in Engineering Education Research (EER). UM’s EER program represents a unique, interdisciplinary model: several tenure-line EER faculty are embedded within the traditional engineering departments, while EER graduate students are part of a college-wide program. This allows the EER faculty and their research to be well-integrated with the traditional engineering disciplines, and it provides students a better opportunity to engage in innovative research and make scholarly contributions to the engineering education community. An EER graduate degree will provide students with career opportunities in academia, nonprofit organizations, and industry. More information about the program is available at our EER website (https://eer.engin.umich.edu/).

We will be hosting a Virtual EER Prospective Student Open House on Thursday and Friday, 10/08/20 and 10/09/20 via Zoom (zoom link will be e-mailed prior to the meeting). Students from all institutions are invited to attend. Participants will hear about the program, meet faculty and graduate students, tour (virtually) the beautiful University of Michigan campus, and learn about career opportunities as a UM graduate in this field. Note that applicants to the EER graduate program must have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a traditional engineering discipline.

Please register to attend at this open house registration site (https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6o3uvit5UsOu52R), and please forward this link to any friends who may be interested. E-mail us for more information at eerprogram@umich.edu.

Can’t make it to the open house but are interested in applying? Visit the EER website (https://eer.engin.umich.edu/) to learn more about the graduate program. We hope you will consider UM as you decide to pursue your graduate studies in engineering education.

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Position Announcements, Detailed:

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1. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Visiting Assistant Professor in Introduction to Engineering and Design at New York University Tandon School of Engineering

NYU is currently hiring for a Visiting Faculty in Introduction to Engineering and Design: https://apply.interfolio.com/77323. We are inviting applications for a full time position with a start date of September 1st, 2020. Given the time sensitivity we hope to expedite the recruitment process. EG 1003 is a multidisciplinary first-year engineering course that is required for all engineering majors at NYU Tandon. This course is team taught by a group of faculty who are supported by a large team of teaching assistants. We are looking for exceptional candidates with experience in engineering education or the engineering profession interested in supporting a diverse student body. Learn more and apply to join our team here: https://apply.interfolio.com/77323.

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2. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Post-Doctoral Fellow Position at New Jersey Institute of Technology

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a NSF‐funded collaborative research project examining STEM faculty’s participation in entrepreneurship programs, particularly with an emphasis on women and the intersectionality of gender and race. The project team includes Prateek Shekhar (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Aileen Huang-Saad (University of Michigan), and Joi Mondisa (University of Michigan).

The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include: contribute to development of interview protocol; conduct semi-structured interviews; analyze qualitative data; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members; present research at conferences; and draft manuscripts for peer‐reviewed publication.

Required:

Ph.D. from an accredited institution in engineering education, higher education, STEM education or other related fields. A demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently.

Desired:

Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: conducting discipline-based education or higher education research using qualitative research methods; analyzing qualitative data; strong oral and written communication skills.

Applicants should submit 1) CV, 2) cover letter, 3) a writing sample (published or unpublished work), and 4) contact information for three references via https://njit.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=1698. Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable between September 2020 and December 2020.

For any questions, feel free to contact Prateek Shekhar at pshekhar@njit.edu

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3. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Post-Doctoral Position at Boise State University

The Educational Technology Department at Boise State University is seeking a motivated individual to fill in a full-time 12-month Post-doctoral Researcher position. The candidate will work on an NSF-funded project on integrating computational thinking (CT) in K-12 STEM learning. The candidate will work on the STEM+C research project under the supervision of Dr. Dazhi Yang. The project investigates how to integrate CT in K-12 STEM learning guided by project-based learning involving both in-and pre-service teachers working with small groups of students in an after-school program and in formal classrooms. The project has been partnering with the Boise School District and six community centers. For more information on the STEM+C project, please visit our webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/stemcproject/

The successful candidate will be expected to support the STEM+Cproject via research design, data collection and analysis, dissemination of research, collaboration with team members, and working with teachers and students.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current vita, and contact information for three professional referencesApply to STEM+C Post-doc Position at Boise State(Direct link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdn2R5nA_cus_RTZKmEfKsfEcpN-_dJO2Cw3Y8ktdOkTb_QPQ/viewform.

Questions about this position can be directed to Dazhi Yang at dazhiyang@boisestate.edu. To learn more about Boise State University, please visit our website: https://www.boisestate.edu