ERM Announcements, January 15, 2021

Dear ERM members,

Happy Friday to all of you! I always sit down to write these newsletters and reflect on what has happened since the previous time I wrote to you. And I feel like every time I do so, the answer is A LOT! Here in the United States, we are once again experiencing historic and unprecedented times, with much civil turmoil and unrest. Our president was just impeached…again. Many of, myself included, are angry and deeply saddened by the events that took place on January 6 and are fearful of ongoing and future violence. 2021 has started with a bang, to say the least. Yet, I look to our future and feel optimistic. A new president will be instated next week. And vaccines are on their way! I really feel that hope will win and by the time we turn the page on 2021, we will be in a new era!

In the meantime, we keep chugging along, doing the best we can to do research, to teach, to help others, and to change the world.

Speaking of chugging along with our work, there are a few exciting ERM announcements today! Abstracts for the 2021 Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference are due January 25. I love the FIE conference, especially the Special Sessions, and am crossing my fingers that we will be able to meet in person this October! Also, please see below for information on the Apprentice Faculty Grant (AFG) program and opportunities to volunteer as reviewers. Don’t forget also that ASEE draft papers are due February 8! No more procrastinating for me – I have papers to write!

I hope you are all doing well.


ERM Announcements for 1/15/2021

General Announcements

ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Abstract deadline for 2021 Frontiers in Education Conference – January 25, 2021
ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Volunteers to Review Apprentice Faculty Grant Applications
ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 Apprentice Faculty Grant Program Accepting Applications until February 26th
JEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for JEE Associate Editors
JEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for JEE Guest Editor
NSF ANNOUNCEMENT: Note from Ed Berger, Program Director, Engineering Education
CALL FOR PAPERS: Clive L. Dym Mudd Design Workshop XII Designing Through Making
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Undergraduate Research Experience on the Internet of Things (IoT), University of Central Florida

Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Associate Professor in Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences at KTH
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral Research on Bucknell NSF RED Project
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Program Assessment
General Announcements

ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Abstract deadline for 2021 Frontiers in Education Conference
The annual Frontiers in Education conference has released a call for papers. We encourage authors to consider the FIE 2021 conference theme of “Envisioning Convergence in Engineering Education. FIE 2021 is scheduled to be an in-person meeting in Lincoln, NE in October. If we cannot meet physically, the conference will be held virtually, and all finalized papers will still be published

FIE welcomes Full Papers up to eight-pages and Work-in-Progress Papers up to four-pages that address the broad tracks of (1) innovative practice, (2) research-to-practice, and (3) research. Work-in-progress papers are typically in frontier areas where it is understood the work is in an early or intermediate stage and authors are seeking feedback from the community. Further, FIE welcomes proposals for panels, workshops, and special sessions in order to disseminate scholarly efforts in non-traditional ways.

The abstract submission site is coming soon. To plan ahead, download the PDF (link below) that provides submission information and review criteria. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 25, 2021.

For more information, see (updated link)

ERM ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Volunteers to Review Apprentice Faculty Grant Applications
We are seeking volunteers to review applications for this year’s ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant (AFG) program. The commitment requires reviewing 3 application packages, which will take approximately 30 minutes each. You will be provided specific review criteria and your responses will be collected online. Past award winners and senior engineering education researchers are particularly encouraged to help. With thanks from your ERM AFG committee co-chairs, Rachel Anderson and Jessica Swenson. If you have any questions please contact, Rachel Anderson ( or Jessica Swenson (

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To sign up to be a reviewer, please complete this form by February 26th.

ERM ANNOUNEMENT: 2021 Apprentice Faculty Grant Program Accepting Applications until February 26th
The Apprentice Faculty Grant (AFG) Program within the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) encourages and honors promising emerging engineering education scholars who have the potential for substantial contributions to the community.

In conjunction with the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference, the AFG program will grant up to four awards to emerging engineering education scholars, which may include: senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, junior faculty, staff members, or senior ranking faculty who meet the criteria of an emerging engineering education scholar (see website below for details). Each award will include: 1) connection with a mentor who is a senior scholar in the engineering education community at the ASEE conference 2) support for conference travel expenses (exact level of financial support is still under consideration, but will not exceed $500). AFG recipients are expected to attend the full duration of the annual ASEE conference, including conference sessions in the ERM division, the ERM Annual Community Celebration and Awards Reception (ticket included), and a meet-and-greet with the other AFG recipients and mentors. We also highly encourage AFG recipients to attend at least one workshop. For more details, including how to apply, see If you have any questions please contact, Rachel Anderson ( or Jessica Swenson (

JEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for JEE Associate Editors
The Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), which serves to cultivate, disseminate, and archive scholarly research in engineering education, is currently accepting applications for one or more volunteer Associate Editors. Associate Editors are an integral part of the JEE Editorial Board and ensure the quality and timeliness of published material. Associate Editors serve 3-year terms that may be renewed.

An Associate Editor’s primary responsibilities are (1) reading manuscripts submitted to JEE, (2) recruiting and selecting appropriate, well qualified and responsible reviewers to review the manuscripts, (3) synthesizing reviewers’ comments and feedback, (4) integrating that feedback with their own evaluative and constructive report reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript, and (5) making a recommendation to the JEE Editor. Other duties include attending quarterly (virtual) meetings of the JEE Editorial Board, selecting the annual Wickenden award winner, and completing various tasks related to maintaining the quality and relevance of JEE such as special issues and guest editorials. Generally, an Associate Editor will be assigned 12-16 manuscripts annually, and the duties of the position will require approximately 8 – 12 hours per month.

To qualify for the position, an Associate Editor must have an earned doctoral degree, be an active researcher in engineering education or a related field, and have experience publishing in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research. Preferred qualifications include previous experience as a peer reviewer of a scholarly journal, publication experience in peer-reviewed journals, and rank at the associate professor (or equivalent) level. If interested, please submit a cover letter, CV and list of references to Lisa Benson, JEE Editor, via email to Ms. Teri Garrett ( . In your cover letter, please describe why you wish to serve as a JEE Associate Editor and the special skills and abilities you could contribute in this role (e.g., research methods, content knowledge, work experience, etc.), especially as they pertain to responsibilities and qualifications for the position.

JEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for JEE Guest Editor
The Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) has invited article submissions for a special themed section of a forthcoming issue on the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic on the engineering education community. The special themed section, a collection of related papers, will be part of a regularly published issue of JEE that includes other original research and research review articles. Articles accepted for publication in the special section is scheduled for publication in mid-2022, and these related manuscripts will be compiled in a virtual issue of JEE. The deadline for articles to be submitted for this special section is March 1, 2021. JEE is seeking a guest editor to handle manuscripts for this special themed issue. Guest editor duties include ensuring timely reviews, recommendations and decisions on manuscripts that have been sent out for peer review, curating the special themed section, and communicating with the publisher of JEE (Wiley and Sons) to publish the virtual issue online. If interested, please email Lisa Benson, JEE Editor, and describe why you wish to serve as a JEE Guest Editor and the special skills and abilities you could contribute in this role (e.g., other editorial experience).

NSF ANNOUNCEMENT: Note from Ed Berger
Hello all: today (12/31/20) is my last day at NSF, and I’m writing to send one more message of gratitude to you all for the work you do, and for your support of the engineering education research programs as NSF. Our community is filled with great researchers, great educators, great mentors; this is all true. But being in this role for the past 18 months has reminded me that our community is filled, at its core, with fantastic people. People who care about each other, their students, their colleagues, and about the future of our discipline and the broader field of engineering. One of the great joys of serving in this position has been to routinely engage with all of you—whether as proposers, PIs, panelists, reviewers, at conferences or via email. You continue to show that our community is strong, growing, and is thinking about the world’s challenges in important, sophisticated, compassionate ways that transcend the usual disciplinary boundaries.

I’m returning to my role at Purdue, where you can reach me at I look forward to a day, hopefully soon, when our paths will cross in person. I truly encourage all of you to consider a future role at NSF. My experience has been very positive; the work environment and the people are fantastic. NSF has openings for IPAs (“rotators”) fairly frequently, and if this kind of role aligns with your career plans, you should definitely consider it.

An announcement about the new Engineering Education program officer in EEC is imminent. Right now, all I can say is that you will have a wise and passionate advocate in this role.

Best wishes for the new year,


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Edward Berger

Program Director, Engineering Education

Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)

National Science Foundation


CALL FOR PAPERS: Clive L. Dym Mudd Design Workshop XII Designing Through Making
Two-page abstracts to be submitted by 10 January 2021. The workshop is currently scheduled to take place in Claremont, California from May 27 to 29, 2021, but is increasingly likely to take place as an online workshop. Call for Papers and more info:

Vision: Engineers, designers, and educators will gather to discuss and share approaches for sketching, drafting, prototyping, and producing artefacts in design related courses and activities, including industrial and entrepreneurial efforts. Prototypes are used for a variety of purposes throughout design processes, including communication, testing, exploring ideas, etc. Appropriate levels of prototyping at all phases of a design process are critical to a good design process and outcomes. Training on use of and selection of the most appropriate means of prototyping and descriptive communication for sharing, learning, exploring, and production are needed for educationally and industrially driven projects. Especially noteworthy is that the increase in distance learning and remote work may reduce access to equipment and staff as well as the informal interactions that improve the product and learning or working environment. We will explore the role of artifact exploration, description, development, and realization throughout the different phases of the design processes and explore how these can be leveraged to improve outcome and process.

Mission: We will identify the best practices, opportunities, and challenges associated with designing and creating artifacts at different stages of a design process with a focus on how educational, cultural, and institutional issues contribute to successful outcomes. Possible topics are listed in the call for papers at

Experience: Sessions are initiated by brief position statements from panelists followed by an open discussion. A wrap-up session will collect the most important outputs for improving engineering design education for dissemination to the community. Participants will receive a preliminary proceedings containing near-final manuscripts of presented papers. Those drafts will subsequently be refined and reviewed for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Engineering Education to comprise the archival proceedings of the Clive L. Dym Mudd Design Workshop XII.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically by January 10, 2021 to this link: (which requires the creation of a free account).

Please note that new users will need to create an account on CMT.

Coronavirus Statement: While the organizing committee is hopeful that the workshop will take place at the scheduled time and location, we remain aware of the continuing global health crisis. In anticipation of restrictions on an in-person workshop, the committee is considering the other options available and will keep participants informed of decisions regarding format, timing, and location.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Undergraduate Research Experience on the Internet of Things (IoT), University of Central Florida
The Computer Science Department at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) will hold an 8‐week, 2021 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on the Internet of Things REU students will be trained in research‐based theory and applications of IoT technologies, which extends the connected nature of computing devices to objects of the physical world. The REU students will join well‐established research groups under the close supervision of faculty with expertise in various IoT research areas such as smart cities, smart healthcare, and smart grids. Many of the research topics will require the students to utilize state of the art techniques of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

REU program dates: May 17, 2021 ‐ July 9, 2021

Application deadline: March 5, 2021

Eligibility requirements: Sophomore, junior or senior undergraduates majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering; must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; minimum overall GPA 2.7

Program Benefits: $4,800 stipend, travel allowance, UCF on campus housing, daily meal allowance

Interested students must submit applications online at If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Damla Turgut at

Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Associate Professor in Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences at KTH

The KTH Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences is a world class research and higher education development department comprising research and teaching units for Digital Learning, STEM Education, Languages and Global Competence, and the House of Science ( You can read more about the Department and our mission and research on the internet (

The recruitment is an opportunity for an ambitious DBER person to join a dynamic research and teaching department at KTH (currently we are approximately 90 employees) and contribute to the future of DBER and Higher Education Research and Development worldwide. The successful applicant will conduct research and teaching in their DBER area, and will also contribute to the Academic Staff Development activities of the department.

The salary range is in accordance with the current statistics for KTH, where the median salary for a Lektor (Associate Professor) in the School, where the monthly salary is currently approximately 56000 SEK before tax.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral Research on Bucknell NSF RED Project
The Bucknell NSF RED project is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the effort to integrate convergent problems into undergraduate courses. The postdoc will be responsible for qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. In particular we are seeking individuals grounded in the culture of engineering with skills in qualitative research who can do ethnographic studies of the program over the course of the project. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position expected to last 5 years.

For more information see the position announcement on the Jobs@Bucknell site:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Program Assessment
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks an accomplished, creative leader to serve in the inaugural position of Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Program Assessment in the College of Engineering. The Assistant Dean will report to the Associate Dean for Education and Graduate Professional Programs and, as a member of the dean’s leadership team, will help maintain excellence and chart innovative directions in the college’s evolving portfolio of curricular options.

The Assistant Dean will identify opportunities for significant curricular innovations at the undergraduate and graduate levels through in-depth assessment of current programs and develop collaborative approaches to achieve those innovations. Partners in these collaborations will include Engineering Departments, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, The Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education, the Engineering Office for Digital Learning, Global Engineering Engagement, The Learning Factory, Engineering Office of Institutional Research, and Engineering Technology & Commonwealth Engineering as well as Colleges of Science and the Liberal Arts. The Assistant Dean will be familiar with University Faculty Senate policies, procedures, and decisions that impact College of Engineering curricula.

The Assistant Dean will coordinate and evaluate first-year seminars across the College and assist departments and partner colleges and campuses in delivering high quality first and second year education to College of Engineering students. The Assistant Dean will help identify needs and opportunities for cross departmental courses that support curricula shared by all College of Engineering students.

The Assistant Dean will coordinate accreditation processes for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and serve as the Institutional Representative during accreditation reviews. They will also coordinate annual assessments of graduate and certificate programs as part of Penn State’s regional accreditation.

For additional details please go to or contact Thomas Litzinger, chair of the search committee, at