ERM Announcements, May 15, 2020

Dear ERM members,

Hi again, ERM members! It’s May 15, which means it’s once again time for my exciting note to all of you! I hope you are all staying healthy and are doing well right now.

A few things I wanted to mention and highlight today…

First of all, the ASEE and ERM community have been working really hard these last few weeks on finalizing details for the June conference. I know many of you have questions and concerns about the virtual format, which I understand. Please know that our community is working hard to thoughtfully create the best event we can, given the circumstances! It won’t quite be the same as in person. But, we will make the best of it and will have a valuable event that we will definitely remember for years to come. I wanted to give a special shout-out to all of the ERM volunteers who have been working diligently to plan this year’s conference. While everyone is working so hard, I am especially thankful to Jay Pembridge (Embry-Riddle) for doing a fantastic job as program chair. This is a position that is already pretty challenging. Add a pandemic and an unexpected virtual conference to that, and there is a LOT of work to do fielding questions, planning events, and completing many, many, many other tasks that require a lot of detailed, thorough work. Thank you, Jay!

The second thing I want to point out is that TODAY is the deadline to nominate a colleague (or yourself!) to one of the open ERM positions. As of this morning, we did not have that many nominations, so please consider nominating someone! This is a fantastic way to get involved with ERM and to get some service to the profession. The ERM Executive Board is really an amazing group of people who I have enjoyed working with this past year. Details on nominations are below.

And lastly, to keep things positive and fun, I’d like to draw your attention to the ASEE announcement below. ASEE wants to show the human side of our division and is asking us to submit pet pics which will be displayed on their social media site. Show us the buddies you’ve been working at home with these past few weeks! I can’t wait to see the pics online.

Take care,



ERM Announcements for 5/15/2020

General Announcements

ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for ERM Directors and Secretary/Treasurer
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Research Study on the Impact of Covid-19 on Policies and Practices of Engineering Programs
CALL FOR REVIEWERS: Reviewers needed for WEEF & EDC2020 Conferences

Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: WEPAN Executive Director Position
General Announcements


ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for ERM Directors and Secretary/Treasurer
The Education Research and Methods Division Bylaws state that in even-numbered years, the membership shall elect two Directors and a secretary/treasurer. As such, the nominating committee is opening nominations from April 15 through May 15, 2020. Below are descriptions of the positions open for nominations. All that is required are name, affiliation, and email via email to Nicole Pitterson – during the nomination period. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Directors: Directors shall be elected to serve a two-year term and shall not be eligible to serve a second successive term. Two directors shall be elected each year. Directors may be asked to serve in a capacity as determined by the Chair.

Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected in even-numbered years to serve a two-year term. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Board, Executive Committee and the annual business meeting of the Division and shall maintain the financial accounts and records of the Division in coordination with the Society Headquarters staff. The Secretary-Treasurer shall make a written financial report at each meeting of the Executive Board.

ERM Bylaws:

Elections are scheduled to be held May 16 – June 1, 2020. Details on how to vote in elections will follow at a later date.


ASEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Pets of the ERM division!
ASEE is trying to stay engaged with our members at this time, so we are creating some social media content to remind them of the “face” of ASEE and our members. We are looking for your contribution for a “pets of the ASEE ERM division” post.

Please send a picture of your pet, along with their name and maybe their favorite food or a silly fact about them. This can be a selfie with you, of course! This will go out on the ASEE social media platforms. Send to Drew at


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Research Study on the Impact of Covid-19 on Policies and Practices of Engineering Programs
We are conducting a study on the changes that universities and engineering programs, in particular, have had to make or are planning to make to their courses, policies, or practices in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Your responses will help us summarize the types of changes being made as well as put together a repository of those changes that we then can share. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Results will be shared only in the aggregate.

If you agree to take the survey, we ask you to consider forwarding it to other colleagues of yours leading the engineering programs in the U.S. All those who complete the survey can enter a raffle of 10 Amazon gift cards worth $50 each.

The study has been approved by the University of Houston IRB. If you have questions about the approval, you may contact the IRB at (713) 743-9204 or If you have questions about the study, you may contact either one of us.

Link to survey:

For more information, please contact Virginia Rangel at vrangel4@Central.UH.EDU.


CALL FOR REVIEWERS: Reviewers needed for WEEF & EDC2020 Conferences
IFEES hosts the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) annually, a conference focused on bringing together the global community to build excellence in engineering education. The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) meets in parallel to this event every two years. This year, WEEF&GEDC will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa from 16–20 November 2020 ( We would like to invite you to review abstracts and papers for WEEF&GEDC2020. Your contribution as a reviewer will help to develop the scholarship of engineering education, and ensure the high standards of the conference. Conference participants and authors are encouraged to review papers. All reviews will be double-blind, and we will ensure that you are not assigned a review with which you have a conflict of interest.

A focus for this event is building scholarship in engineering education amongst the global community. As such, we encourage people who are new to engineering education research and scholarship to review abstracts and papers. We have developed guidance to help you conduct effective reviews, which can be found here:

The abstract submission deadline for authors is 4 May 2020, and reviews should be completed by 25 May 2020. After the initial abstract review, authors will be given the opportunity to develop their research into full papers. The deadline for authors to submit full papers is 13 July 2020, and full paper reviews should be completed by 13 August 2020.

If you would like to sign up to be a reviewer, please complete this form:

If you have not already done so, please register on the conference submission website:


Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: WEPAN Executive Director Position
WEPAN, Women in Engineering ProActive Network, is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1990 to be a catalyst for change to enhance the success of women in the engineering professions. WEPAN is the leading champion in North America for leveraging research and promising practices to propel the inclusion of women in the field of engineering. WEPAN’s network connects over 1000 advocates who actively pursue strategies and implement solutions to increase participation, retention, and success of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering from college to executive leadership.

The WEPAN Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership, setting direction and proving guidance of WEPAN’s activities, members, and member organizations. This is accomplished through establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization, while recommending and implementing policies established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will continuously analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of all operations including the funding model, organizational structure, and personnel. Building relationships and resource development are the two responsibilities for this position. The successful candidate coordinates major activities through consultants and member-volunteers. The position requires proactive management, sound fiscal judgment, and a commitment to inclusivity and diversity. The Executive Director acts as a thought leader, works collaboratively, thinks strategically, and is fiscally responsible to ensure long-term success of the organization.

For more information and to apply, see


To send an announcement to the ERM listserv, please prepare a 2-3 paragraph description including any relevant URLs and contact info as well as a subject line. Do not include any attachments. Be sure that the announcement includes the person to contact with questions. Email all of this information to Sarah Zappe at with [ERM Announcement] in the subject line to facilitate email sorting. Announcements will be sent out on the 1st and 15th of each month. Each set of announcements will be included in the announcements email twice. Announcements will also be recorded on the ERM website:

For more resources and position announcements, please see the Engineering Education Community Resource Wiki available at A direct link to job postings at

ERM Announcement, May 5, 2020: Engineering Education Research Big Meet Up – May 14

Hi ERM members –

I would usually include this announcement in an upcoming newsletter, but since the next ERM newsletter is not scheduled until May 15, I’m sending it now. This sounds like a great opportunity to learn and network as we work remotely!

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Engineering Education Research Big Meet Up – May 14

Please join the an Engineering Education Research Big Meet Up, online throughout the day of May 14th. The event is being organized by Professor John Mitchell, Vice Dean Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Engineering Education at University College London (UCL) and co-sponsored by REEN, Va. Tech, Purdue, UTM (Malaysia), UWA (Perth), TU Dublin and Aalborg.

The day will include keynotes with Q/A discussion, and virtual coffee breaks for informal breakout discussion. Further details–including schedule and sign up for this free event are at:

For information, contact Shannon Chance at

Take care,