2016 ASEE Student Division Programming: Pathways and Community in Engineering Education.

Supporting Transitioning Engineering Education Researchers – Panel Session Reflecting on Shifts into a Diverse Set of Faculty Career Paths
Monday 11:30 – 1:00pm
Preparing oneself for the transition into a faculty position is a daunting task, and even more so when it is unclear exactly what type of transition you will be making. Due to the nature of the emerging field of engineering education, many members of the ASEE community are finding themselves in this position of uncertainty. Will you be entering a general engineering department, a discipline-specific engineering department, or a position outside of traditional disciplinary boundaries? Will you be entering a tenure track position or a non-tenure track position? Will you be at a research-intensive institution or a smaller institution focused on teaching?
This panel session is designed for engineering education researchers who are currently transitioning into or are planning to pursue a career in academia in the future. During the session, panelists will (1) provide insight regarding what “transitioning” may look like for engineering education researchers who pursue various academic positions and (2) discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with different career options. The panelists will provide highlights from their first-year as faculty members and facilitate a dialogue on the topic of preparing scholars for conducting engineering education research in diverse positions in academia.

Non-academic Career Pathways in Engineering Education
1:15pm – 2:45pm
Are you interested in how engineering education knowledge & skills can be applied outside of academia? Join us in an interactive session about non-academic opportunities with individuals doing engineering education work in a variety of settings, including industry, non-profit organizations, and consulting. Some of the topics within this panel and small-group discussion will include: non-academic roles currently available, how graduate students can position themselves to best “pitch” their expertise to employers unaware of the discipline, and how employers can consider leveraging engineering education researchers within their companies. The panel session is open to everyone, including graduate students, academic advisors, industry representatives, and government representatives.

Panelists include:
Meagan Pollock, Director of Professional Development @ National Alliance for Partnerships in Academia. Site: napequity.org
Xavier Fouger, Senior Director at Global Academia Programs Dassault Systemes
Alan Peterfreund, Sage Fox Consulting

Moderated by Gurlovleen Rathore and Tasha Zephirin. Light refreshments will be provided.

Early Career Networking Event / Student Division Happy Hour
Monday 6pm-7:30pm
Continue the networking and career pathways conversations at Morton’s Steakhouse!

“Tricks of the Trade” – Reflections and Advice on the Educational Process
Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
In this interactive session, a panel of paper authors will reflect on their experiences as graduate students, teaching assistants, and mentors in order to provide valuable insights for students earlier in the academic process.

Community in Engineering Education: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
This special session will draw on the CELT Engineering Education Pioneers and Trajectories of Impact project (NSF 1263512) in order to scaffold and support community building in engineering education, with a particular focus on new community members (including graduate students and junior faculty). For the Pioneers project, graduate students and junior faculty interviewed over 40 individuals identified as pioneers in engineering education. The interviewers then created short profiles of the pioneers, including the pioneers’ perspectives on their own challenges, strategies, contributions, and lessons learned. In preliminary analysis of the interviews, the importance of supportive communities has emerged as significant, both as a means for overcoming career challenges, and as a way of contributing to the field. The pioneers’ stories as presented in their profiles, as well as the lessons learned by the interviewers during this experience, provide valuable insights into the importance of communities for navigating careers in engineering education. In particular, the session will address the following questions:

1. What types of communities, large and small, exist within the field of engineering education (thinking of both the pioneers’ early careers and today)?
2. In what ways do we benefit from having these communities? …from being part of these communities?
3. How can we sustain and grow these communities?