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“Adversary or Ally”: Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Perceptions of Faculty

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM) Best Paper Finalists

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Educational Research and Methods

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18

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33966

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H. Ronald Clements III Purdue University, West Lafayette

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H. Ronald Clements is a postbaccalaureate research assistant in the STRIDE lab at Purdue University and an incumbent graduate student for Purdue's Engineering Education department for the 2020-2021 year. He works with Dr. Allison Godwin on her NSF CAREER grant titled “Actualizing Latent Diversity: Building Innovation through Engineering Students’ Identity Development,” assisting with narrative analysis and interviews and helping to understand the identity trajectories of latently diverse students.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Harding University with honors, where he participated in the Beyond Professional Identity (BPI) research group, studying frustration in first- and second-year undergraduate engineering students. He also served as the BPI lab manager during 2017-2018. He is also a Society of Personality and Social Psychology Undergraduate Research Fellow, through which he studied in the Stereotypes, Identity, and Belonging Lab (SIBL) at the University of Washington during the summer of 2018.

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Brianna Shani Benedict Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Brianna Benedict is a Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her research interest focuses on interdisciplinary students' identity development, belonging, and agency in engineering.

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Allison Godwin Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0741-3356

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Allison Godwin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research focuses what factors influence diverse students to choose engineering and stay in engineering through their careers and how different experiences within the practice and culture of engineering foster or hinder belongingness and identity development. Dr. Godwin graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Science Education. Her research earned her a National Science Foundation CAREER Award focused on characterizing latent diversity, which includes diverse attitudes, mindsets, and approaches to learning, to understand engineering students’ identity development. She has won several awards for her research including the 2016 American Society of Engineering Education Educational Research and Methods Division Best Paper Award and the 2018 Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award for the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. She has also been recognized for the synergy of research and teaching as an invited participant of the 2016 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and the Purdue University 2018 recipient of School of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2018 College of Engineering Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.

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Jacqueline Rohde Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Jacqueline A. Rohde is a third-year graduate student at Purdue University as the recipient of an NSF Graduate
Research Fellowship. Her research interests in engineering education include the development student identity and
attitudes, with a specific focus on the pre-professional identities of engineering undergraduates who join non-industry occupations upon graduation.

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Sherry Chen

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Abstract

This research paper examines students’ perceptions of faculty and how it influences their identity trajectory. First-year students enter undergraduate engineering education with rich stories of how they came to choose engineering as a career pathway. Over time, the culture of engineering and network of peers, faculty members, and professionals shape students' stories and identity trajectories. How students “cast” faculty members in their story, often as helpful or hurtful actors, have implications for their identity trajectory, success, and, ultimately, retention in engineering. In this paper, we used two composite narratives constructed from longitudinal narrative interviews with 16 students to illustrate how students cast faculty into a role as either a support or an obstacle, based on their classroom experiences and interactions with them. This paper highlights the interactions that led these students to view faculty as helpful or harmful and explores the effects resulting: influence over student identity trajectory by fostering or hindering relationship building and networking, as well as influencing intellectual growth and personal ability beliefs.

Clements, H. R., & Benedict, B. S., & Godwin, A., & Rohde, J., & Chen, S. (2020, June), “Adversary or Ally”: Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Perceptions of Faculty Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33966

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