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ASCE’s Response to the Pandemic: A Virtual ExCEEd Community Exchange

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division ASCE Liaison Committee - Supporting the Development of the Next Civil Engineers

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Patricia Clayton Wake Forest University

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Dr. Tricia Clayton (she/they) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University.

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Daniel Castaneda James Madison University Orcid 16x16

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Daniel I. Castaneda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Daniel earned his PhD in 2016 and his Master's in 2010, both in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously earned his Bachelor's in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley. His course development includes civil engineering materials, dynamics, engineering design, engineering economics, first-year engineering experience, matrix analysis, mechanics, probability and risk in engineering, statics, and structural analysis. His research aims to better society by exploring how infrastructure materials can be made to be more environmentally sustainable and resilient; and by exploring how engineering can be structured to be more welcoming of diverse perspectives, which can fuel solutions in challenging societal inequities.

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Monica Palomo California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Mónica Palomo is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she teaches senior projects, and environmental and water resources engineering undergraduate and graduate courses. She is the CWEA-AWWA student chapter advisor. Dr. Palomo holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University de Guanajuato, México, and her MS and PhD degrees (both in Civil Engineering with Environmental emphasis) from Kansas State University. Her research interests are in water and wastewater treatment, natural treatment systems for water remediation, sanitation in developing countries, engineering outreach, service learning, and engineering education. Dr. Palomo has served as chair of the student council, ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), she served as division chair and is current member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Palomo also serves as an ABET Program Evaluator. She is a 2009 fellow and mentor for the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) teaching workshop. Dr. Palomo believes that fostering curiosity and life-long learning skills we can make the world a better place. She believes that an inclusive and equitable learning environment is critical for students to be motivated and enjoy their learning journey.

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Carolyn Rodak State University of New York, Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Carolyn Rodak is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY.

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Stacey Kulesza Kansas State University


Pinar Omur-Ozbek Colorado State University

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Dr. Omur-Ozbek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop (ETW) started in 1999, and it has produced 1035 graduates from 266 colleges and universities throughout the world. ASCE has conducted 44 week-long, in-person workshops without interruption for over two decades. ExCEEd graduates have returned to their home universities and applied the lessons of this workshop to the classes they teach. The details and success of the ETW have been reported in many venues.

In Spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation and remained a persistent threat throughout 2021. As a result, the in-person workshops scheduled for Summer 2020 were canceled and in Summer 2021 was reimagined as a virtual offering. This paper is the first in a three-part series that describe and assess how ASCE modified and continued the ExCEEd program during this difficult period.

This paper specifically overviews the response by the ASCE Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) to create the virtual ExCEEd Community Exchange (ECX) following the cancellation of the Summer 2020 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. The ECX program is a virtual venue for civil engineering educators to meet and share their ideas and lessons-learned with a broader community. The paper covers the creation of the ECX program, including its motivation, vision, and implementation, and presents opportunities and challenges for the continued success of this virtual community program. Details are provided on the format of these ECX sessions and the topics discussed, along with feedback from ECX presenters, moderators, and attendees. Information from this paper will be helpful to professional societies and other organizations looking for meaningful ways to engage and strengthen communities of engineering educators through virtual professional development programming.

Clayton, P., & Castaneda, D., & Palomo, M., & Rodak, C., & Kulesza, S., & Omur-Ozbek, P. (2022, August), ASCE’s Response to the Pandemic: A Virtual ExCEEd Community Exchange Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40964

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