ERM Announcements, June 15, 2020

Dear ERM members,

It’s hard to believe, but our annual conference is almost here! I am definitely going to miss seeing and meeting many of you. I will miss bumping into colleagues in the halls, having engaging conversations during and after technical sessions, and wandering the expo to get free pens and other freebies! But I know, with this fun group, we will make next week’s conference a great success, despite the challenges of not being together. In addition to this week’s announcements (which appear below), I want to highlight a few ERM events and goings-on.

First, I am attaching an invitation to the ERM Annual Community Celebration and Awards Reception (formerly known as the Brouhaha), which will be held June 24 (7-9 p.m. EST). This will be a fun event…with an interesting theme! Please register in order to receive the Zoom link. See the attached for details.

Second, I am also attaching a document that has several links to specific events that are associated with the conference. These will make it easier for you to find and schedule your ERM-related events. We also have a new social media presence for Twitter and Facebook; the links to these are in the document as well. Thank you to Micah Lande to putting this together and creating the social media pages! All of these links can also be viewed online at, which will be updated as needed during the conference.

Third, the ERM Community Welcome event, the Annual Community Celebration and Awards Reception, and the Business meeting will all be held off of the ASEE platform so that any of our members can attend, regardless of whether you chose to register for the conference or not. We will send out Zoom links to these prior to the events.

Finally, I wanted to announce the winners of ERM’s recent election. Thank you to all of the nominees who were willing to serve. The new ERM Directors will be Courtney Faber from University of Tennessee and Adam Kirn from the University of Nevada, Reno. The new Secretary/Treasurer will be Alex Mejia from the University of San Diego. Congratulations and I look forward to working with all of you!

Looking forward to “seeing” many of you next week!



ERM Announcements for 6/15/2020


General Announcements

ASEE ANNOUNEMENT: New Constituent Committee on Equity, Culture, and Social Justice in Education (ECSE)
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: International Women in Engineering Day
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Olin College Summer Institute
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Research study on effects of COVID-19 on engineering students’ stress level and mental health
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Request to link to EER Resources


General Announcements

ASEE ANNOUNEMENT: New Constituent Committee on Equity, Culture, and Social Justice in Education (ECSE)
ASEE has a new Constituent Committee (provisional division) on Equity, Culture, and Social Justice in Education (ECSE). The organizing members have outlined the following initial vision statement for the division:

The Equity, Culture, and Social Justice in Education (ECSE) Division is a home for individuals who are interested in laboring with and for under-resourced and disenfranchised people seeking to engage in engineering at any level of education. We aim to enrich the field of Engineering Education by leveraging our varied talents and experiences to produce scholarship and practices that a) increase resources and support for those with the greatest needs, b) uncover and dismantle systemically-oppressive educational barriers, and c) promote responsive pedagogy and transformative learning.

We anticipate that the division would seek and support work on the following topics:

Culturally relevant/responsive teaching
Disability studies & accessibility in education
Non-deficit approaches in engineering instruction
Classroom culture as connected to structural inequities
Urban education, teaching engineering in inequitable educational contexts
Activist, interdisciplinary, and critical perspectives on engineering education
Workshops and special sessions to promote understanding of equity issues for engineering faculty
We invite anyone interested in the division to sign up for our free membership, which is available now on ASEE’s website! That’s the best way to get on our mailing list for future division organizing.

Please also join us at a Virtual Business Meeting on Friday, June 26 from 2-4pm EDT to help map out the intentions and directions for the new division. For those who are attending the Virtual Conference this business meeting will be available to join through the virtual videoconference platform, for those who are not attending the conference there will be a telephone call-in number. Plans for the Business Meeting include:

Generating a shared vision that builds on the initial vision created by organizing members
Discussing disambiguation from and partnership with other associated divisions
Voting on leadership for the 2020-2021 term
Providing input to the Call for Papers
Signing up for formal or informal roles with the division
If you have any questions about the Constituent Committee or the Business Meeting, please reach out to Interim Division Chair, Stephen Secules at or James Holly, Jr., Interim Program Chair,

Organizing Committee:

Stephen Secules, Florida International University

James Holly, Jr., Wayne State University

Ethan Eagle, University of Maryland

Cassandra McCall, Virginia Tech

Alex Mejia, University of San Diego


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: International Women in Engineering Day
We’re delighted to announce a new Engineering Education Research (EER) Meet Up Tuesday 23rd June 3pm UTC for International Women in Engineering Day! Info and link for registration:


• Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht on De-Entangling Gender & Engineering Education Through Research-Based Learning and Teaching

• Anika Gupta with Analysis of students’ ratings of teaching quality to understand the role of gender and socio-economic diversity in higher education

• Robin Fowler and Trevion Henderson presenting There are many “I”s in TEAM: Considering gendered experiences in team-based pedagogy

Plus breakout discussions:

• Gender Inclusive Student Teamwork

• Gender implications of improving students’ spatial visualization skills

• Moving forward, planning for change – a discussion on the “ASEE & SEFI Joint Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Call and Pledge for Action.”

Please register and join us on the 23rd. Everyone interested in engineering, STEM, teaching, and/or education research is welcome! And it’s free!


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Olin College Summer Institute
In response to the current global health crisis, the Olin College Summer Institute will take place in a virtual format during the week of June 8-12, 2020. As in past years, our colleagues are preparing to deliver an outstanding set of workshops addressing the design of student-centered learning experiences. This year, they are also building on their recent experiences in teaching and learning online to make the virtual versions of these workshops as engaging and effective as possible. And thanks to the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation, we are able to make these workshops available to you and your colleagues at no cost!

More information on the program is available on our Virtual Summer Institute website ( Please register by June 3 to allow us time to create the most effective virtual experiences for you. Your registration is your pass to any of the workshops, discussions and sessions! RSVP today (


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Research study on effects of COVID-19 on engineering students’ stress level and mental health
Hi all, I’m leading a small team to study the effects of COVID-19 on engineering students’ stress levels and mental health. We’re also incorporating some open-ended questions to get student opinions of what their institutions did well and what they could have done better. Our hope is that we can use the results of this research to help engineering programs support their students as they come back to campus, and to develop recommendations for how schools can handle COVID-like disasters in the future. Would you be willing to distribute this survey to students at your campus and/or pass this along to any of your colleagues who might be interested?

I’ve included sample recruitment email text below. The study has IRB approval from Cal Poly’s IRB, confirmation letter available on request.

Thanks for your consideration!

Andrew Danowitz

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Subject: Help us understand how universities can better support engineering students through the COVID-19 crisis

Body: Are you an undergraduate engineering student and 18 or older? If so, we need your help!

We are writing to ask for your help in determining how engineering students are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and how COVID-19 is affecting student stress levels. This information will be used to help inform universities and engineering programs nationwide on how best to support students during this crisis and in future emergencies. If you are willing to participate, please use the link below to take the included survey. We estimate participation will take about 15 minutes. As an added bonus, the first 1000 participants will receive a $5 gift card!


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Request to link to EER Resources
As part of an effort to support NSF RIEF grantees, we are looking to collect resources that would be helpful for engineering faculty who are new to engineering education research. If you have a resource (paper, website, other) that you would be willing to share by a link on RIEF Community website, please email Karin Jensen at

Best wishes,

Karin Jensen (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Kelly Cross (University of Nevada Reno), and Julie Martin (Ohio State)