Apprentice Faculty Grant

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 2020 ASEE Annual Conference, the AFG program will grant up to four awards to emerging engineering education scholars, which may include: graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, junior faculty, staff members, or senior ranking faculty who are transitioning their scholarship to engineering education. 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 “Brouhaha” dinner (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.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE AFG PROGRAM?

The goal of the AFG Program is to recognize emerging scholars in the engineering education community who have the potential for substantial contributions to the field. The areas for substantial contribution should align with ERM’s mission, and include areas such as, 1) research on learning, 2) research on methods of instruction, 3) dissemination of knowledge on teaching and learning, 4) development of procedures and materials for instruction, and 5) improvement in the evaluation of instruction.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The AFG program is geared toward any individual currently or planning to pursue a career that includes engineering education scholarship. The ERM Division is specifically looking for those who demonstrate:

  • Potential for substantial contributions to the field through engineering education scholarship that align with ERM’s mission (See the list above under the Goal for the AFG Program section)
  • A desire to become an active member of the ERM Division
  • Status as an emerging engineering education scholar, which includes (1) Graduate students or post-docs transitioning into their first faculty or staff position, (2) individuals in the first 1-3 years of their faculty or staff position, and (3) individuals who are beyond the first 1-3 years of their faculty or staff position and are transitioning their scholarship from a disciplinary focus to engineering education. This list is not exhaustive and the candidate must clearly and persuasively communicate why they are an emerging scholar in engineering education rather than an established scholar.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS WILL:

  • Clearly describe the alignment between their goals and the goals of the Apprentice Faculty Grant program and the Educational Research and Methods Division of ASEE.
  • Focus on evidence of commitment to and potential for future contributions to the field of engineering education scholarship in both the candidate’s statement and the letter of recommendation. Examples and specifics of local and national demonstrations of scholarship are particularly helpful to the review committee as they evaluate nominations.
  • Clearly describe the candidate’s future career goals, including how these include engineering education scholarship and the impact their contributions will have on the engineering education community.
  • Persuasively communicate the candidate’s status as an emerging scholar in engineering education rather than an established scholar
  • Using specific, concrete examples, describe how they plan to contribute to and be involved in the ERM Division.

HOW DOES ONE APPLY?

Submit an application packet that is no longer than six total pages. Submit application as a single pdf in the order listed below to by February 21, 2020: https://afg2020.questionpro.com. The packet must include the following components:

  1. Personal Statement (maximum of 2 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins) addressing the five bullet points listed under the “Successful Applications Will” section above.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of 2 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins) with the following information: contact information, current position, and scholarly activities related to engineering education (e.g., dissertation title(s); educational research; instructional design and innovations). Additional information can be included, if space permits.
  3. Letter of recommendation (2 pgs max) that describes the candidate’s commitment and potential for substantial contribution to the engineering education research and scholarship community.

HOW ARE NOMINATIONS EVALUATED?

Nominees are evaluated by a team of ERM reviewers who will specifically look for all three application elements listed under “How Does One Apply?” as well as evidence that addresses the five bullet points listed under the “Successful Applications Will” section above.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN ERM?

There are a limited number of AFG awards each year. The ERM division aims to welcome new members in a number of formal and informal ways. There are events during the ASEE Annual conference such as the All-Division Mixer, ERM Breakfast of Champions, ERM Business Meeting, and ERM Brouhaha to attend. Presenting or attending ERM technical sessions are also ways to engage. The ERM division also has a number of ways to volunteer through division positions and roles.

We welcome those interested in the goals of ERM, both through the scholarship of research and of teaching. Connecting with any ERM officers can help make professional and personal connections with our community. We invite you to join the ERM division. Bi-monthly email announcements can also help you connect with the ERM community. For additional ways to get involved, see our Get Involved page.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Dates for the 2020 AFG cycle will be updated Winter 2020.

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 – Application deadline
  • April 1, 2020 – Notification of status to all applicants
  • May 15, 2020 – Assignment of ERM mentor to awardees
  • June 21 to 24, 2020 – Awardees will attend ASEE, including two ERM events

QUESTIONS?

Nominees with questions are encouraged to email Courtney Faber <cfaber2@utk.edu> or Rachel Anderson <rsundbe@g.clemson.edu> prior to submitting an application.

PAST ERM APPRENTICE FACULTY GRANT AWARDEES

2019 Natascha Buswell, UC Irvine
Carmen Lilley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Leroy Long III, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2018 Rachel Anderson, Clemson University
Cory Brozina, Youngstown State University
Elif Miskioğlu, Bucknell University
Stephen Secules, University of Georgia
2017 Brooke Coley, Arizona State University
Stephanie Cutler, Penn State University
Cory Hixson, Rowan University
Rebecca Reck, Kettering University
2016 Courtney Faber, The College of New Jersey
Justin Hess, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Laura Hirshfield, University of Michigan and Olin College of Engineering
Jacqueline McNeil, University of Louisville
Anastasia Rynearson, Purdue University
2015 Alexandra Coso, Georgia Tech
Adam Kirn, University of Nevada-Reno
Walter Lee, Virginia Tech
Katherine Nelson, Arizona State University
2014 Rachel Kajfez, Ohio State University
Joyce Main, Purdue University
Allison Godwin, Clemson University
Cheryl Bodnar, University of Pittsburg
Matthew Siniawski, Loyola-Marymount University
2013 Samantha Brunhaver, Stanford University
James Huff, Purdue University
Mahnas Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, Virginia Tech
Diane Peters, University of Michigan
Kyle Trenshaw, University of Illinois
2012 Morgan Hynes, Tufts University
Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Univesity of New Haven
Alejandra Magana, Purdue University
James Pembridge, Embry-Riddle University
2011 Sharnnia Artis, The Ohio State University
Cheryl Cass, Clemson University
Adam Carberry, Arizona State University
Erin Crede, Virginia Tech
Geoffrey Herman, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
2010 Aidsa Santiago Roman, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Gillian Nicholls, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Sarah Zappe, Pennsylvania State University
Marisa Orr, Clemson University
Julie Linsey, Texas A&M University
Devlin Montfort, Washington State University
2009 Mica Green, University of Cambridge
Shawn Jordan, Purdue University
Micah Lande, Stanford University
Noemi Mendoza-Diaz, Purdue University
Lora Oehlberg, University of California at Berkeley
Jen Schoepke, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Matthew Verleger, Purdue University
2008 Shanna Daly, Purdue University
Euridice Oware, Purdue University
Stephanie Rivale, University of Texas at Austin
Joachim Walther, University of Queensland
2007 Shane Brown, Washington State University
Alice Pawley, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Christine Guy Schnittka, University of Virginia
Julie Martin, University of Houston
2006 Ravel Ammerman, Colorado School of Mines
Monica Cardella, University of Washington
Daria Kotys-Schwartz, University of Colorado
Tamara Moore, Purdue University
2005 Marcia Friesen, University of Manitoba
Jenni Light, Washington State University
Ken Yasuhara, University of Washington
Stephen Zemke, University of Idaho
2004 Taryn Melkus Bayles, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Kristine R. Csavina, Arizona State University
Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Washington
Jessica M. Herrera Yellin, University of Washington
2003 John Brader, University of South Carolina
Lisa Bullard, North Carolina State University
John Feland, Stanford University
Sean St. Clair, Georgia Institute of Technology
2002 Betsy Aller, Western Michigna University
Ann McKenna, Northwestern University
Mary Cummings, Virginia Tech University
Cynthia A. Finley, University of Texas at Austin
2001 Donald Carpenter, University of Michigan
Chad Korach, Northwestern University
2000 Robin Adams, University of Washington
Kathryn Hollar, Cornell University
Brian Kinsey, Northwestern University
Heather Nachtmann, University of Pittsburgh
1999 Philip Parker, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Debbie Kaufman, North Carolina State University
Clark Merkel, North Dakota State University
Trevor Harding, University of Michigan
1998 Diane Beaudoin, Purdue University
John Bell, Univesity of Illinois – Chicago
Kenneth Kauffman
Sarah McComb, Purdue University
 1997  Ann Marie Flynn, Manhattan College
Eric Mulkay, Purdue University
Jennifer Turns, Georgia Tech
William Oakes, Purdue University