ERM Announcements, July 15, 2021

Dear ERM members,

Apologies for being a few days late on the July 15 ERM newsletter. I was traveling last week for my first work-related trip since before COVID! I feel so fortunate to have visited some wonderful colleagues at Colorado School of Mines for a project meeting. I also had a fabulous time visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which is truly an amazing place.

This is a bit longer of a newsletter opening, so please don’t forget to scroll down to see this newsletter’s announcements. Also, I will be sending out one more e-mail today with a list of ERM online resources! Be on the lookout for that.

I am writing this newsletter with bittersweet feelings. This is my last biweekly newsletter as ERM Division Chair, as the fabulous Allison Godwin from Purdue will be taking over after the annual conference next week. I have really enjoyed being in this position and writing these newsletters. I’m fairly confident that I am the only ERM Chair in our division history to not be able to lead the in-person meeting during the ASEE conference! I have also greatly enjoyed getting to know many ERM members and working with the Executive Board during the past two years. Also, a special thank you goes to Holly Matusovich for guiding me during the past two years. Although I’ve really loved this position, I am also very excited to “pass the hat” to Allison next week. I encourage all of you to continue your involvement with ERM and feel free to reach out to me if you ever have questions about the community! This is really an amazing group of people! I know we’ll continue to grow and have wonderful things happen under Allison’s leadership.

Next week is our annual conference, which I’m very excited about. Last newsletter, I asked the community for tips on how to be successful at virtual conferences. Andrea Gregg, Director of Online Pedagogy in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State had some great tips to share:

“Regarding Zoom conferences, …one thing I figured out over the year was that I have to be very diligent in advance and very specifically select my sections, put them session by session in my calendar with the link and then title. This includes scheduling breaks between sessions. When I just had the day blocked, I wasn’t getting as much out of it, because I would schedule meetings or it was always too easy to say I’d just go to a later session. I found it was better to have 3 sessions scheduled in a day that I attended, took good notes on, etc., than to block the whole day and jump in and out of things.”

Thanks, Andrea. I’m going to try that this year, along with my sewing during sessions which helps me to keep focused.

Take care of yourselves and keep in touch!!! Hope to see you in lots of ERM sessions next week! 🙂


ERM Announcements for 7/15/2021

General Announcements

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Conference Workshop – “New Digital Frontiers: Understanding Our Place in the Changing Landscape of Engineering Education”
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Engineering in Crisis – An Oral History Project
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: J-PEER Special issue on impact of COVID-19 on pre-college engineering education

Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Seeking a qualified candidate for post-doctoral position in engineering education
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral research scholar at Purdue University Schools of Engineering Education and Aeronauts and Astronautics
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Part-Time Faculty Position in Ningbo, CHINA / Mechanical Engineering Technology
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Cornell BEE Postdoc position
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Professor Position – Purdue University School of Engineering Education
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Design Lab Manager at New York University’s MakerSpace

General Announcements

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ASEE Conference Workshop – “New Digital Frontiers: Understanding Our Place in the Changing Landscape of Engineering Education”

As you are making your conference selections for ASEE 2021, please consider attending a workshop we are hosting on Monday, July 26 from 9am-12pm (PDT) entitled “New Digital Frontiers: Understanding Our Place in the Changing Landscape of Engineering Education”. In this workshop, we will use ecosystem mapping to clarify the elements of our lives that have changed since the COVID-19 shift to online learning. We welcome participants from a variety of backgrounds, including faculty, administrators, students, industry representatives and educational technology developers. Although online education has experienced many exciting developments this past year and holds great promise, it also brings challenging realignments in the delivery of education. Using an ecosystems framework, we will highlight the impact of these changes on the higher education system and reflect upon potential future directions. You can find the full session description here. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Alan Cheville –

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Engineering in Crisis – An Oral History Project

This is a project of the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace. Our objective is to capture your thoughts, experiences, and responses to intersecting crises of COVID-19, white supremacy, anti-blackness, police violence, late capitalism, technologies and engineerings, power formations, state violence, academia, and engineering education over the past year. Oral history can be a story, anger and frustrations through rant, proclaiming joy and renewal, back of the envelope ideas and theories, poems, prose, fiction, or critiques. Oral history is anything and everything you wish to document in time. These are not peer-reviewed or revised. Your oral history is your truth to note for the next generation. Entries can be named or anonymous, with a suggested maximum length 1000 words to be published as a special feature in the next journal issue.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: J-PEER Special issue on Impact of COVID-19 on Pre-College Engineering Education

The Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education currently has a call for papers for a special issue on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Pre-College Engineering Education.”

This special issue will explore and document how COVID-19 has impacted pre-college engineering education. Specifically, we seek manuscripts including but not limited to the following: 1) Studies that demonstrate how engineering curricula in pre-college were altered under COVID-19. These studies may include engineering curricula, lesson plans, or other learning opportunities adapted to the online or hybrid learning setting, as well as adaptations and changes to engineering teacher professional learning, and challenges that were addressed. Such studies can include a wide range of both formal and informal learning settings. 2) Studies that capture the impact of the pandemic on engineering education. These studies may investigate how COVID-19 affected different groups such as engineering educators, students, and/or care-givers. Such studies may include impacts on wellbeing, learning, engagement, and access. 3) Many research or intervention projects impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic required adaptation. Studies focusing on addressing COVID-19 impacts within the designed interventions and research settings would be of interest for this special issue. 4) Literature synthesis focusing on COVID-19 impact in the field of pre-college engineering education will also be considered.

Extended abstracts are due August 30, 2021, and papers will be invited for submission on a rolling basis and not later than September 5.

For more information, see

Position Announcements

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Seeking a qualified candidate for post-doctoral position in engineering education

The Engineering Education Research Group at Oregon State University, in partnership with the Beyond Professional Identity Lab at Harding University, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar starting in between August 2021 and June of 2022 (open until filled). Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in engineering education or a related discipline (e.g., science education research, educational psychology, behavioral sciences).

The successful candidate will work on one of two projects or both, depending on qualifications and timing of hiring. The first is Dr. Huff’s NSF CAREER Award focused on advancing academic well-being through in-depth and advanced qualitative research on the experience of shame as experienced by engineering faculty. The second project is an IUSE grant led by Dr. Brown that uses advanced qualitative research to support faculty using evidence-based instructional practices in ways that align with their contextual settings. This position will be based at Oregon State, and the successful candidate will be mentored by both Drs. Brown and Huff.

This is a 1-year appointment. However, it can be extended based on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement. If you meet the aforementioned requirements, please email the following documents in a single PDF file (Word documents will not be opened) to the contact listed below:
A detailed CV
A one-page statement describing your background and how you fit the advertised position
Contact information for three referees

Please submit your application materials by August 16th for full consideration for the position. The subject line of your email should contain the following text: “Post-doctoral scholar in engineering education (your last name).” Please note that only the qualified candidates with the required expertise will be contacted.

Contact both Drs. Brown and Huff with a single email:
Shane Brown
Professor of Engineering Education
Oregon State University
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

James Huff
Associate Professor of Engineering Education
Harding University
Honors College and Department of Engineering & Physics
Searcy, Arkansas, USA

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral research scholar at Purdue University Schools of Engineering Education and Aeronauts and Astronautics

The Schools of Engineering Education and Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University are collaborating on a research project to develop policy innovations to enhance the STEM talent workforce. We invite applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to work with Drs. Joyce Main and Dan DeLaurentis to help conduct research related to the educational pathways of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students from K-12 to postgraduate studies. In addition to modeling STEM students’ educational paths, this project will focus on entry into STEM careers to identify critical policy and programmatic levers to increase the STEM workforce.

For more information and to apply, please see:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University

Our team (PI: Dr. Bruk Berhane in the SUCCEED at FIU) is inviting applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar in the area of engineering education starting by the Fall of 2021 with opportunities to start earlier. This position will work on the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project: “Engineering for US all (” and activities will largely focus on data collection, analysis, and manuscript preparation associated with the project. The initial appointment is for the academic year 2021-2022, with expectation for an additional appointment in academic year 2022-23.

Please see here for the fuller job description:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Part-Time Faculty Position in Ningbo, CHINA / Mechanical Engineering Technology

Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan; is actively seeking part-time faculty interested in teaching in our Mechanical Engineering Technology program in Ningbo, China. Courses are taught in English, on location at The Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT) in an accelerated 8-week format. The next set of WSU course offerings will be held mid-November 2021 to mid-January 2022. Areas of interest include Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Process Engineering, and Instrumentation. In addition to a part time faculty payment, WSU will cover visa as well as travel costs to and from China. NBUT will provide free accommodation for the duration of the stay, and cover meals during the workweek. In the event that travel to China is impeded because of the coronavirus situation, the candidate must be prepared to switch to a remote online course offering mode.

Minimum Requirements:
• A Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, with relevant industrial experience.
Other Desirable Qualifications:
• Evidence of prior college-level teaching experience in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field.
• Evidence of active participation in the engineering profession.
• Demonstrated technical currency in the field.

To apply, or for further information contact Dr. Ece Yaprak, Chair of the WSU Division of Engineering Technology, at
Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Cornell BEE Postdoc position

Position Description and Responsibilities: The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Engineering Pedagogy, specifically implementing active learning strategies at the individual course and the curriculum level. The appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional year. The position is part of the Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative:

Goals of the Active Learning Initiative: In this Active Learning Initiative (ALI), BEE will transform several courses in the biological engineering curriculum via an integrated, spiral approach that progressively builds students’ understanding of complex problem formulation. A core component of this ALI is ongoing documentation of the process and outcomes, continuously communicating with departmental colleagues to reduce the barrier to infusion of active learning throughout the curriculum and department. Initially, the ALI will transform 1) BEE 3500: Heat and Mass Transfer; and 2) BEE/MAE 4530: Computer-Aided Engineering.

Role of Postdoctoral Associate: The postdoc will work closely with the faculty instructor to design active learning strategies, implement these strategies through creating in-class activities, digital course content and assignments. For example, the postdoc will have the opportunity to develop digital simulations and problem-solving videos. The postdoc will help develop student assessments and feedback mechanisms to refine course material and strategies for future implementation. Eventually, the postdoc will be responsible for documenting and disseminating active learning strategies to the department faculty and assisting them in incorporating active learning into their courses. The postdoc will work alongside another BEE postdoc and a cohort of Cornell ALI postdocs through the Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation. The project is expected to lead to conference presentations and/or archival journal articles in engineering education. To help maintain continuity with research, the candidate is expected to pursue a formal research program in the areas of computational mechanics and/or heat and mass transfer as a secondary activity.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in an engineering discipline and demonstrated experience and success in the classroom are required. The candidate must have demonstrated interest in creating and/or applying active learning strategies and advancing engineering pedagogy. The candidate must have relevant background in at least two of the following areas for her/his research program: Solid mechanics, Transport phenomena, Computational modeling, and Multiphase transport in porous media.

Applications and Starting Date:
Anticipated start date is as soon as possible. Applications including a CV, a statement of teaching experience and pedagogy development, research interests, and the names of at least three references should be submitted to the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. Applications will be reviewed starting July 1 2021 and will be accepted until this position is filled. A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion is also required ( Please submit your application via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: If you have specific questions about the position, please contact Professor Ashim Datta at

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Professor Position – Purdue University School of Engineering Education

The School of Engineering Education, an integral part of Purdue’s College of Engineering, invites applications for a position at the rank of Professor. The complete position description and information on where to submit an application can be found at:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Design Lab Manager at New York University’s MakerSpace

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering (TSoE) MakerSpace is seeking a MakerSpace Design Lab Manager to support and develop project-based learning opportunities. NYU-TSoE is planning to enhance the experiential learning component across all disciplines of engineering and the MakerSpace is expected to play a pivotal role in realizing these opportunities. This position will report to the MakerSpace Director and assist in growth of design thinking and design process learning. They will develop new workshops, lead Design Lab programming (, and work closely with the Director to assess extracurricular learning and peer-led instruction in the space.

Please visit the job posting for more information and to apply: