ERM Announcements, June 1, 2017

1. ASEE Engineering Education Research and Innovation (EER&I) Networking Session – Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Garfield Room, Hyatt Regency Columbus
2. Workshop at the ASEE Annual Conference: Specific and Generic Performance Indicators for the Comprehensive Measurement of ABET Student Outcomes
3. Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
4. Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Engineering Education, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Cincinnati
5. Position Announcement: Program Director – Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth, Virginia Tech
6. Position Announcement: Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa
7. Position Announcement: Assistant, Associate, Full Professors in Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations, and Sustainability, University of Missouri-Columbia

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Garfield Room, Hyatt Regency Columbus
Dear Colleagues,
We are organizing an Engineering Education Research & Innovation Networking Session at the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Columbus, OH and invite you to participate. The Session, T460A·EER&I Networking Session: Connecting and Expanding Engineering Education Research & Innovation (EER&I) will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, in the Garfield room, Hyatt Regency Columbus.
Our principal aim is to provide an opportunity for colleagues with established engineering education research & innovation programs to network with one another, and to provide guidance to colleagues who are considering establishing engineering education research centers and PhD programs.
If you would like to include or update (if you had a slide last year) your program listing, we ask you to prepare a one-slide description of your engineering education research and/or graduate program to share. As in the past we will display the programs via a rolling slide show and post the presentation materials to the Collaboratory for Engineering Education Research (CLEERhub) ( as well as to Karl’s website ( Please send your brief description (one slide please) to Karl Smith – by June 15th.
Purdue University School of Engineering Education will have booths (928-941) at ASEE in Columbus. We invite you to join us for in the Engineering Education Research area of the Exhibit Hall during the Exhibit Hall Event days and times:
· Sunday, June 25, 2017, 5:45 – 7:15 pm;
· Monday, June 26, 2017, 9:45 am – 11:45 am and 5:00 – 6:00 pm
· Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:30-1:00 pm.
We hope you will be able to join us at ASEE.
Please share this with colleagues and contact us if you have questions.


Karl Smith, Ruth Streveler, and Rocio Chavela Guerra

Wednesday June 28, 2017 1:30 to 3:30PM
Room A124, Columbus Convention Center

Session Description
Free ticketed event
A case study with streaming video examples of actual applications of specific performance indicators to assess various student engineering activities related to ABET student outcomes using state of the art web based digital technology and collected data utilized for student program evaluation, performance failure analysis and continuous quality improvement.

An analysis of culminating ABET student outcomes is made with reference to Bloom’s 3 learning domains and their learning levels. A hypothetical model is presented for this analysis. The necessity of the use of performance indicators is highlighted especially in reference to the measurement of course learning outcomes and development of assessments, teaching and learning activities. The correlation of ABET student outcomes, course learning outcomes, and performance indicators is clearly outlined. The importance of scientific constructive alignment of learning outcomes, performance indicators, assessments, teaching and learning strategies is highlighted. A novel hybrid rubric for accurate assessment and scoring of student performances is presented.

In summary, this workshop presents the benefits of using a combination of specific, generic performance indicators and their rubrics to accurately assess student engineering learning activities related to the ABET student outcomes while supporting principles of authentic OBE, scientific constructive alignment, efficient performance failure analysis and continuous quality improvement.


Ayush Gupta, Andy Elby, and the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group (PERG) and Engineering Education Research Group (EERG) are looking for a post-doc to become an active member of our group, working on two pre-determined projects and on additional teaching and/or research as determined by emerging opportunities and by negotiation between PERG/EERG and the post-doc.

The first project, Research on Practice Using STEM Inquiry Embedded with Computational Thinking in Elementary School, involves working with elementary school teachers to help them incorporate authentic inquiry through responsive teaching in their science lessons, and to integrate computational thinking into those lessons. Job activities include co-leading professional development sessions ~3 times per month, observing and helping in participating teachers’ classrooms several times per month, and conducting research on the teachers’ thinking and practice and on the students’ scientific/computational discourse.

The second project, “Do I help them finish or help them think?”: Preparing undergraduate ‘learning assistants’ to teach in design courses, is situated in the Introduction to Engineering Design course taken by all first-year engineering majors. The project involves designing, teaching, and studying the effects of a learning assistant pedagogy course aimed specifically at undergraduate teaching assistants in the Design course. Research focuses on the evolving teaching practices of the teaching assistants and on the effects of their teaching moves on the design thinking and enactment of equity manifested by the engineering student design teams. Job activities include participation in the research.

More details are available here:


The Department of Engineering Education has two (2) positions immediately available for a Postdoctoral Fellows. Skills required include, but are not limited to, knowledge of rating scale analysis (using item response theory), traditional psychometric analysis, requiring a proficiency in SAS, LISREL, TestFact, R, or similar data analysis software. Successful candidates will have a working knowledge (or be willing to learn) SQL (language to query data bases), PHP, HTML, and Python (scripting language).

The Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to work collaboratively with an extended research team by: contributing to study design; develop surveys of students and faculty; create interview and focus group protocols; conduct interviews or focus groups of stakeholders; analyze data using statistical methodologies common in education research; disseminate research findings through scholarly journals, academic conferences, and electronic media; and develop research proposals.

Ph.D or Ed.D. in an appropriate field such as engineering education, science education, educational research, measurement, or psychology, or assessment and evaluation; knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in educational research; knowledge of SPSS; undergraduate degree in engineering or a science discipline preferred; excellent writing and speaking skills; ability to listen well and communicate tactfully.

Postdoctoral fellows will participate in data analysis, supervise the work of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, train graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, publish research papers, contribute to grant writing, and help shape the overall scope and direction of the research. This is an opportunity to learn about and/or apply design research methods and research-to-practice with a group having over a 15-year history of conducting research in Engineering Education.

A successful candidate for this position needs strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, and good communication skills (particularly written). Prior knowledge of/interest in problem solving, mathematical modeling, or design education would be helpful.

Term of appointment:
This will be a one-year appointment with an option to renew for a second year contingent upon available funding and first year performance. The salary is competitive and includes benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references (or reference letters that also include contact information) to:

PK Imbrie, Ph.D., Head and Professor, Department of Engineering Education and Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (
Teri Reed, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Office of Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering (

An interdisciplinary team of faculty led by the Department of Engineering Education is seeking a Program Director for a three-year NSF funded project entitled Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth. The project focuses on the collaborative design, implementation, and study of recurrent engineering-focused interventions with middle school youth in three rural and Appalachian communities. To achieve this aim, we partner with school educators and industry experts embedded in students’ local communities to collectively adapt an established open-source engineering outreach curriculum and facilitate regular in-class interventions throughout the academic year.

The Program Director will independently lead assigned projects and provide leadership over all community engagement efforts including serving as the main contact for the project, building strong relationships with partnering schools, industry representative. The Program Director will lead workshops and trainings. The Program Director is responsible for producing curricular materials in collaboration with researchers and generating progress reports to be shared with the stakeholders and appropriate media outlets. This position reports directly to the PI and will regularly collaborate with other faculty on the project. The project Director will delegate assignments as needed to the graduate research assistants and the part time research associate assigned to the project.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing complex projects with diverse stakeholders, significant work with governmental, educational, and/or community services organizations, and excellent communication skills.

If interested, please apply here: or contact Dr. Jake Grohs,, for more details.


Instructor (job opening ID#00012993), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa starting Fall 2017
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida invites applications for one 12 month non-tenure position at the Instructor level starting August 2017. The position requires an earned doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with preference to relevant experience. Prior teaching experience and expertise facilitating engineering design projects and programming is desired. The position requires a strong interest in teaching, supervision of student design projects, and developing new undergraduate mechanical engineering laboratory experiments.Information about the Department and open positions can be found at
Applicants must electronically submit the application packet to the following website: (Applicants search Job Opening ID# 12993). Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. USF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.
The packet must contain a cover letter, complete vitae with list of publications, names and detailed contact information for three references, and a 1-page statement of the applicant’s teaching interest and vision. The cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Rasim Guldiken, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave, ENB 118, Tampa, Florida, 33620.


Description: Under the new leadership of Dean Elizabeth Loboa, the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri is in the process of hiring approximately 40-50 new faculty in the area of Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations, and Sustainability (Food, Energy, Water, and Smart Cities). These new hires will have the potential to be joint hires with the other colleges/schools at the University of Missouri (MU). MU offers a rich environment for collaboration with other faculty in Arts & Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. MU specifically invites and encourages applications from qualified women and members of groups underrepresented in science. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer firmly committed to fostering ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in our faculty.

We invite applications for tenured or tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor level. Candidates are expected to have strong potential for establishing a competitive externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in these areas. For more detailed information about the positions, visit our website at

Qualifications: Applicants should have an earned a PhD in engineering or a related field. Those with relevant postdoctoral experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the positions are filled.

Application: Applicants should submit a CV, a research plan, a teaching statement and a list of three to five professional references electronically to Inquiries can be directed to Sheila Grant, Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering, University of Missouri, email:

The University of Missouri is a Tier I research institution and one of only 60 public and private U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, with an enrollment of more than 35,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 300,000 alumni, Mizzou is a $2.2 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.