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The School of Engineering Education (ENE)
in the College of Engineering at Purdue University
is honored to invite you to our Graduate Student Open House, October 6-7, 2010

This open house is for prospective PhD students who are interested in getting a doctorate in engineering education. The open house will be a chance for you to meet current students and faculty, hear about our exciting curriculum and supportive school culture, learn about what the school is looking for in applications, and experience the diversity of research opportunities available to you as a PhD student in our school.

Travel grants of up to $250 towards travel expenses are available. The number of grants is limited; grants will be awarded through a competitive application process.

Registration is open: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_0qxM6QLErdEWivG
Travel grants: Apply online at https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_428hnebBcktFK6g.
More information will be online soon at http://www.purdue.edu/ENE/visit.
More information about the school is at http://www.purdue.edu/ENE.

Please direct questions to Ms. Loretta McKinniss, Graduate Secretary, at enegrad@purdue.edu or 765-494-3331.
We look forward to meeting you at the open house!

Heavens it has been a long time since anyone posted here! So sorry. I wanted to make you aware of two opportunities to explore feminist and alternative pedagogies in engineering education at the 2009 FIE later this month. Note participation in the workshop requires advance registration. Please share this notice with other colleagues who might be interested, and feel free to contact me with questions. On behalf of all the presenters, thank you, and we hope to see you in San Antonio.

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S3A: Workshop: Feminist Engineering Education: Building a Community of Practice
Sunday October 18 from 6-9 pm in El Mirador East
(requires advance registration)

Abstract: As a result of a series of papers and special sessions held at FIE between 2004 and 2008, a community of CSET educators interested in exploring feminist pedagogies has formed at FIE. Past participants in these sessions have expressed a desire to learn more about what makes a set of pedagogies “feminist.” At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of research papers at FIE that draw on feminist research methods or topics. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of members of the FIE community who have some experience with feminist pedagogies or research methods, and who are looking to develop intellectual relationships with others also working in engineering educational research. We will discuss the history of feminist education and feminist research methods in the US, including a connection to science and engineering education; participants will then work in small groups focusing on a sub-topic (feminist pedagogies, feminist research methods, and feminist research topics/content). We invite participants to bring part of a project (such as a syllabus or course plan, assignment, class or research project, research question or protocol) to this workshop; some time will be dedicated to the guided design/redesign of this project.

Presenters: Donna Riley, Susan Lord, Trevor Harding, Alice Pawley
Paper: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/papers/1236.pdf

M2B: Special Session — From Active Learning to Liberative Pedagogies: Alternative Teaching Philosophies in CSET Education
Monday October 19 from 10-11:30 pm in El Mirador West

Frontiers in Education has a history of special sessions focused on alternative and/or feminist pedagogies, and they have tended to attract a wide range of participants with varying levels of experience with such pedagogies. This special session is designed as an introduction to various alternative teaching philosophies and pedagogies, building on the past interest in such sessions and on the increasing interest in exploring philosophies of education in the context of engineering education. We will introduce participants to various theoretical frameworks of alternative pedagogies through a summary model, and facilitate small group discussions of three cases where alternative pedagogies have been or could be implemented. It is hoped that this introductory session will make such alternative pedagogical ideas more accessible to a larger number of CSET educators, allowing them to better participate in the rich and thriving conversation developing at FIE on using philosophies of engineering and education to envision new models for CSET education.

Presenters: Donna Riley, Susan Lord, Trevor Harding, Cindy Finelli, Alice Pawley.
Paper: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/papers/1231.pdf

2009 WEPAN National Conference
“Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development””
Omni Hotel Downtown
Austin, TX – “Live Music Capital of the World”
directly following the ASEE Conference & Exposition

Early registration deadline IS THIS Wednesday April 15, 2009! Register Now!

WEPAN’s national conference gathers 200-plus professionals annually to translate the most current research into best practices. Recurring and emerging issues are addressed by participants representing industry, community college and universities, K-12 and informal education, policy makers and other advocates. Dedicated to creating change that enhances the success of women of all races and ethnicities in science, technology, engineering and math, WEPAN is proud to invite you to share the stage at the 2009 annual conference.

“Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development” and the following spotlights that will highlight core conversations “on stage” at the national conference:

Spotlight 1: Developing Engineering Talent from K to Grey
Spotlight 2: Communicating, Marketing and Effective Messaging
Spotlight 3: Building and Sustaining Collaborative Partnerships and Engaging Volunteers
Spotlight 4: Developing Diversity Program Staff
Spotlight 5: Impacting Policy, Legislation and Media

More information at the conference website.

International Workshop for Research on Project Based Learning (PBL) in Engineering Education
Announcement and Call for Applicants
Applications are due Friday, April 24, 2009

Participants are sought for an engineering education research workshop on project based learning (PBL), to be held June 23-25, 2009 at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK. On June 23-24, participants will attend a meeting on “Enhancing Project Based Learning in Engineering,” organized by the UK Engineering Subject Center and engCETL. Attendees will engage a wide range of theoretical, pedagogical, and practical considerations related to designing, implementing and evaluating project based learning. On June 25, approximately seven U.S. participants will join an equal number of mainly European colleagues to formulate research strategies for studying PBL in engineering education.

Workshop goals include fostering international research collaborations between participants and promoting the development of an international community of scholars. Our workshop planning committee has already announced a US-Europe Workshop on Gender and Diversity, and is making plans for a third workshop on web-based learning to be held in tandem with AAEE Annual Conference in Australia in December, 2009. You may only participate in one of these workshops.

Participants may also be interested in attending the STEM Pedagogy Research Methods 2009 Symposium at Loughborough University on June 30, 2009. Additionally, the European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference will take place Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 1-4, 2009. The early registration deadline for SEFI is May 1, 2009 ).

Qualifications

Participants should be tenure track faculty, graduate students, post-docs, or others conducting research in the field of engineering education. Selection criteria for participants include: empirical research experience in PBL in engineering education, potential to advance the field of engineering education, and diversity (broadly defined).

Additional Requirements

This workshop is funded by the US National Science Foundation (Award #0810990), as part of on-going research. If selected to attend the workshop, you will be asked to fill out anonymous evaluation surveys. Workshop interactions will also be observed (but not audio or video recorded) for research purposes. By accepting an invitation to attend the workshop, you imply consent to these procedures. If you wish to opt-out of the research and evaluation procedures, or if you have any questions, please contact the workshop organizers.

How to apply

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 24, 2009, 11:59pm EDT. Applications can be submitted online at:
https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1238693178021. You will be asked to describe your current research in terms of guiding questions, theories, and methodologies. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by May 1, 2009.

Accepted US participants will receive $2,000-3,000 reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses, depending on availability of funds and actual travel expenses (e.g. east coast vs. west coast travelers; receipts will be required). Workshop attendance is limited to selected and invited participants.

Workshop Planning Committee

Brent Jesiek, Purdue University
Johannes Strobel, Purdue University
Carol Arlett, Loughborough University
Marjahan Begum, Loughborough University
Maura Borrego, Virginia Tech
Kacey Beddoes, Virginia Tech

This announcement just in: the organization of a US-Europe workshop on research on gender in engineering education. More information below; applications are due April 13, in just over 2 weeks!

US-Europe Workshop for Research on Gender and Diversity
in Engineering Education
Announcement and Call for Applicants
Applications are due April 13, 2009!

US Participants are sought for a 1-2 day workshop on gender research in engineering education to be held this summer in Delft, The Netherlands. Tentative dates are June 29, 30, or July 4. Participants will actively engage in developing an international research agenda for engineering education research on gender, the results of which will be submitted by the organizers for publication as an article in the European Journal of Engineering Education, or a similar journal. The workshop will bring together approximately 7 researchers from the US with an equal number of European researchers working in the area of gender in engineering education. We are also particularly interested in research on the intersection of gender with other types of diversity. In addition to the development of an international research agenda, this workshop aims to foster international research collaborations between participants and promote the development of an international community of scholars.

Participants may also be interested in attending the European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference, which will take place July 1-4 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The deadline for early registration for SEFI is May 1, 2009. Details are at http://www.sefi2009.com/nl/default.asp.

Qualifications
Participants should be tenure track faculty, graduate students, post-docs, or others conducting research in the field of engineering education. Selection criteria for participants include: empirical research experience in gender in engineering education, potential to advance the field of engineering education, and diversity (broadly defined).

Additional Requirements
This workshop is funded by the US National Science Foundation (Award #0810990), as part of on-going research. If selected to attend the workshop, you will be asked to fill out anonymous evaluation surveys. Workshop interactions will also be observed (but not audio or video recorded) for research purposes. By accepting an invitation to attend the workshop, you imply consent to these procedures. If you wish to opt-out of the research and evaluation procedures, or if you have any questions, please contact one of the workshop organizers: kbeddoes@vt.edu.

How to apply

The deadline to apply is April 13, 2009, by 11:59pm EDT. Applications can be found here. You will be asked to describe your current research in terms of guiding questions, theories, and methodologies. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 24, 2009.

Accepted US participants will receive $3,000 toward travel and lodging expenses (receipts required). Workshop attendance is limited to selected participants.

Workshop Planning Committee (US):

Maura Borrego, Virginia Tech
Brent Jesiek, Purdue University
Julie Trenor, Clemson University
Kacey Beddoes, Virginia Tech

Look look, a new journal on gender, science and technology! See the inaugural call for papers below.

The International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology is an independent, peer reviewed, open access journal that welcomes contributions from practitioners, researchers and policy makers concerned with gender issues in and of science and technology. The phrase gender, science and technology intends to encompass a wide definition of these disciplines both in terms of methodological enquiry as well as subjects of research.

Our aim is to help foster and provide a focus forconstructive debate and interchange of ideas between key players and experts in this field. We are interested in sharing knowledge and new understandings in relation to policy development, analysis of challenges and responses in education and employment, critical insights from companies, professional societies and other organisations about the impact of gender equality strategies, as well as perspectives from science and technology studies – and other related issues. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary perspectives and drawing on a wide range of theoretical frameworks.

Weare currently inviting submissions in the form of

· Full empirical research and theoretical papers

· Practitioner case studies and reports

· Opinions and perspectives from policy-makers and industry

For further information, including details of the submission process: http://genderandset.open.ac.uk [1]

Any enquiries please contact Dr Jenni Carr – IJGST Project Officer (j.g.carr@open.ac.uk)

The first issue will be published online in July 2009 (latest submission for this issue is April 30th

Further issues will appear every 4 months. We look forward to hearing from you!

This journal is being produced bythe Open University UK in partnership with the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET[2]
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The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

Links:
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[1] http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset
[2] http://www.ukrc4setwomen.org/

Call for Manuscripts: Special issue of Engineering Studies: Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies on “Engineering and Social Justice”

Editors, Engineering Studies: Gary Downey (Virginia Tech, USA) and Juan Lucena (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

Special Issue Editor: Jen Schneider (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

This planned special issue of Engineering Studies invites submissions from scholars across the disciplines who study engineering and its intersections with social justice.

Engineering, as educational and professional practices often aimed at developing technologies for specific purposes, and social justice, as political practices often aimed at more equitable distributions of advantages and disadvantages in society, may appear at first glance to be incommensurable. Yet many engineers, engineering educators, and engineering studies researchers have been inquiring into relations between engineering and social justice through recent publications and workshops.

For some, social justice seems to offer opportunities for educating future “global” engineers. For others, it appears to offer opportunities to address problems that have long plagued engineering, including low recruitment and retention rates, lapses in ethics education and understanding, and questions about engineering’s status as a profession, to name a few. Still others find in social justice important challenges to the theory and praxis of engineering in the world. This recent and growing interest leads us to ask: Why engineering and social justice? Why now?

The editors are especially interested in historical, social, cultural, philosophical, rhetorical, and organizational studies of engineers and engineering in the context of social justice. Possible submission topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the aims of engineering, and how do these aims align with the aims of social justice?
  • How do understandings of engineering and social justice shift or evolve across cultural, temporal, and organizational contexts, both within and beyond countries?
  • What challenges do social justice constructs or themes pose to engineers and engineering?
  • Where and when have images, policies, and/or practices of engineering and social justice been brought together, and what have been the outcomes?
  • Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit manuscripts. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that may contribute to and facilitate broader discussions and debates about engineering, research, practice, and policy.

    Interested authors should submit titles and 350 word abstracts by March 15, 2009 to the Guest Editor, Jen Schneider, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines, jjschnei@mines.edu. Please be sure to include contact information and institutional affiliation as well. The Guest Editor will invite a maximum of five manuscripts for full consideration. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s normal double-blind review process. Completed draft manuscripts will be due June 15, 2009.

    Engineering Studies is published three times yearly by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. See http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/engineeringstudies for more information, including detailed author guidelines.

    Also, to join the International Network for Engineering Studies and receive the journal, see www.inesweb.org/join. Annual membership is inexpensive at $56US, or $46US for those who qualify for the discount. If you would like to sponsor a member for one year or need such sponsorship, contact Crystal Harrell, INES Secretary, at crcrigge@vt.edu .

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