ASEE 2017 redux

Many current or former group members had a great time attending the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus OH at the end of June. Two FREE alumni gave papers:

  • Exploring Engineering Identity in a Common Introduction to Engineering Course to Improve Retention [view paper] Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Dr. Matthew Calhoun (University of Alaska Anchorage)
  • Characterizing Students’ Micro-Iterations Strategies through Data-Logged Design Actions [view paper] Dr. Corey T. Schimpf (The Concord Consortium) and Dr. Charles Xie (The Concord Consortium)

In addition, Alice got some time in front of the camera in preparation – the School of Engineering Education produced a short video about the work we do at Purdue, and it was broadcast across the conference and into every conference hotel room! Check it out for yourself.  Alice’s part starts at 3:22 minutes in.

Alice’s lightning talk at Ed Foo Camp

Alice just came back from a fantastic weekend at Ed Foo Camp, hosted by Google, O’Reilly Media, McMillan Publishing, Sesame Workshop, and Scientific American, in San Jose CA. She got to give a 5-min lightning talk too, and the text of that is here.  It was unbelievable to see all the inspiring work that educators, entrepreneurs, programmers, media folks, and so on, shared with each other.  It was an honour to attend.

American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Conference

Next week is the American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Conference.  RIFE members will have a number of presentations there:


7:00 AM to 8:30 AM Georgia World Congress Center, A304

Beyond SES: Individual Financial Status as a Predictor of Persistence for High-performing Undergraduate Engineering Students

—  James J. Pembridge, Kacey Beddoes

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM  Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Hazelnut

Assessing Student Design Work in Social Entrepreneurship Projects

–Lindsey Nelson


2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Georgia World Congress Center, A412

The Dynamics of Attracting Switchers: A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison

–Corey Schimpf, George Ricco, Matt Ohland

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Cottonwood A

Engaging Foucault to Better Understand Underrepresentation of Female STEM Faculty

–Kacey Beddoes, Corey Schimpf, Alice Pawley

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Dogwood A

“Learning from small numbers” of underrepresented students’ stories: Discussing a method to learn about institutional structure through narrative

–Alice Pawley

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Walnut

Really Changing the Conversation: The Deficit Model and Public Understanding of Engineering

–Canek Phillips and Kacey Beddoes


7:00 AM to 8:30 AM Georgia World Congress Center, A309

Learning Strategies and Learning Traits Critical to Practicing Engineers after College

–Daniel Ferguson, James Cawthorne, Corey Schimpf, and Monica Cardella

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Georgia World Congress Center, A301

Making the Most of Site Visits

–Lindsey Nelson

Please stop by any you’re interested in! See you there!

Defining “sustainable engineering”: a comparative analysis of published sustainability principles and existing courses

2011. Hoffmann, Stephen R., Pawley, A. L., Rao, R., Cardella, M. E., Ohland, M.W. “Defining “Sustainable Engineering”: A Comparative Analysis of Published Sustainability Principles and Existing Courses.” Paper presented at the 118th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2011. Paper.

Institutional ethnography as a method to understand the career and parental leave experiences of STEM faculty members

2011. Mercado Santiago, M., Pawley, A. L., Hoegh, J., & Banerjee, D. “Institutional Ethnography as a Method to Understand the Career and Parental Leave Experiences of STEM Faculty Members.” Paper presented at the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 27. Paper.

Marisol presents at the 12th Sakyadhita International Conference

I presented a paper and gave a workshop at the 12th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women, Bangkok, Thailand. Both works are related to my future dissertation work, my career path, and my NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

It was a wonderful experience I’ll never forget. I felt that I was like in a big family! Many people (including Buddhist university administrators) were very happy to see that someone was connecting Buddhism with engineering education.

Call for papers for 2nd Annual Gender and STEM Symposium!

I am pleased to share with you that ADVANCE Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success will be hosting the 2nd Annual Gender and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research Symposium February 17-18, 2011 at Purdue University.

We are now accepting abstracts to be presented during the main symposium day, February 18.  We encourage work submitted by undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty from Purdue and across the Midwest region.  More information on the call is below; 250-word abstracts are due by January 15, 2011.

Our opening keynote on the evening of Feb 17 will be Dr. Virginia Valian, author of Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women (published by MIT Press, 1998).

We hope to be able to make registration free again this year, but will make updates about this on the symposium website, at>

Please share this CFP widely, and consider submitting some of your work.  We look forward to seeing you in February!


Gender and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Symposium
February 17-18, 2011
hosted by ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success

ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success ( invite abstracts for presentation, posters, and discussions for the second annual Gender and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Research Symposium, to be held February 17-18, 2011 at Purdue University (West Lafayette campus).  Researchers — including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty — from throughout the Midwest or beyond are encouraged to submit current research in the broad area of gender and STEM.  Please note: last year’s symposium was local; this year, we plan to be more regional in scope.

The objectives of this symposium are:

  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary networking of scholars who study gender and STEM,
  • capacity building and professional development for students and junior scholars, and
  • discussion of emerging methods to do substantive studies on gender and STEM.

Topics of research could include but are not limited to:

  • girls’ or women’s experiences and participation in STEM educational tracks or professional careers;
  • technical career choices as influenced by family responsibilities;
  • discourse analyses of how scientific texts are gendered, raced and classed;
  • literary critique of metaphors in scientific publications;
  • history of the masculinization of certain forms of technology;
  • gender representations in serious games;
  • identity construction in science and engineering contexts;
  • theory on or critique of gendered organizations;
  • topics categorized as feminist science and technology studies;
  • history of home economics and Lillian Gilbreth’s work on kitchen design;
  • young boys’ and girls’ development of engineering thinking;
  • interdisciplinary research methods used to understand new or different facets of the topic of gender and STEM;
  • methodologies that investigate different aspects of women’s lived experiences in relation to STEM;
  • intersectionality in the study of women’s underrepresentation in STEM professions;
  • intersectionality in the study of academic organizations; or
  • theoretical or methodological challenges and concerns in studying gendered and raced issues in STEM contexts.

We strongly encourage presenters to make explicit their theoretical foundation for their research design, methodology, educational intervention design and connection with gender.  In addition, we ask that presenters consider discussing gender in its context with race and ethnicity.  (This means, for example, in a sample of primarily white students, one should talk about them primarily as white students, and not simply as “students” as though they have no race/ethnicity).

Authors should submit an abstract of approximately 250 words on their paper topic and list up to 5 keywords that will help locate the paper within the broader topic of gender and STEM research. We will also ask you to please categorize your paper using some pre-determined keywords, and to locate your paper as embodying best practices, research-to-practice, research, or other.

Abstracts should be submitted online at <> by January 15, 2011 to be considered for inclusion. All abstracts will be accepted (to facilitate making your travel plans) as well as peer-reviewed, and assigned to a formal oral presentation slot, a small group discussion slot, or a poster session.  Authors will be asked which format they may prefer, but conference organizers may need to move abstracts between preferred formats to facilitate scheduling.  Authors will be notified of the reviews of their abstract by January 24, 2011, and its format by January 31 if not before.  Presentations, discussions, and posters will be presented on the main symposium day, February 18, 2011.

We are also searching for reviewers to aid with peer-reviewing abstracts.  If you would like to serve as a reviewer for this symposium, please visit <> and complete the form.  We will be in touch with you again shortly.

Please contact ADVANCE symposium organizers Alice Pawley ([email protected]) and Dina Banerjee ([email protected]) with questions.  We look forward to your submissions!

Gender and STEM Research Symposium website: <>

(Registration information will be posted here shortly.)