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Assessment of a Peer Mentoring Program to Build Capacity for Course Development and Delivery

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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International Collaborations

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International

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Diversity

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11

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Steven J. Burian University of Utah

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Dr. Steve Burian is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. He served as the first co-Director of Sustainability Curriculum Development, and is currently the Project Director of the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water, the Associate Director of the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and the Founding Director of the Water Center – all at the University of Utah. His research group has contributed new approaches for designing and operating resilient and smart urban water infrastructure. This research has received more than $15 million in funding and produced more than 75 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Burian’s enthusiasm for student learning has led to teaching awards and service assignments as assistant mentor and mentor at the American Society of Civil Engineers ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. He has also developed a variety of teaching and curriculum development workshops, including the Wasatch Experience Sustainability Teaching Workshop at the University of Utah. Steve has participated in the ASEE Annual Conference every year since 2007, co-authoring 14 papers and presenting 12. At the 2011 conference his paper was awarded the Glen L. Martin ASEE Civil Engineering Division Best Paper Award. Steve is a registered professional engineer in Utah.

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Mercedes Ward University of Utah

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Sajjad Ahmad University of Nevada, Las Vegas Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9903-9321

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Dr. Ahmad is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). His teaching and research interests are in the area of sustainable planning and management of water resources, water-energy nexus, and stormwater management . He is particularly interested in using systems approach to address water sustainability issues.

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David Lawrence Stevenson

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Tariq Banuri University of Utah

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Professor Tariq Banuri, Department of Economics, University of Utah, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He started his career as a member of the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP), and served in a number of positions, including as the Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development, founder and first Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Director, Asia Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and Executive Director of the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC). He has served as Coordinating Lead Author on the Nobel Prize winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), member of the UN Committee on Development Policy (CDP), member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, member of the Central Board of Governors of the State Bank of Pakistan, and member/secretary of the Presidential Committee on Higher Education. In 2002 he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (SI) for his services to research and education.

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Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry University of Utah

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Research Professor, Economics Department, University of USA, and Deputy Project Director, US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

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Rasool Bux Mahar P.E. Mehran University, Jamshoro

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He is a working as Professor in U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and working as a Deputy Director(Academic and Research) and also as an Editor of Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering & Technology. He did Ph.D. from Tsinghua University Beijing, China and Post Doctorate from the University of Utah, USA, has more than 20 years teaching and research experience. Published more than 50 research papers in the International repute Journals and presented more than 30 papers in National and International conferences and symposiums. He has been retained as a Co-director/ HoD of Environmental Engineering Department, in the Institute of Environmental Engineering & Management; Mehran University. He worked as a Project Coordinator/P.I in various research projects funded by various donors, i.e. HEC, DFID, British Council, UNEP, UNDP, and US-PCASW.

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Jeffrey D. Ullman Stanford University

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Abstract

Building capacity in higher education in under-developed countries is critical for meeting many of the local development objectives. There have been numerous approaches to improve the abilities of professors to develop and deliver courses. Structured independent learning using published resources (e.g., books, online), workshops, seminars, and mentoring are among the most common. This paper describes a peer mentoring program to build capacity of professors in Pakistan teaching water resources and environmental engineering courses. The program is delivered remotely using an online learning management system, Canvas. The peer mentoring is conducted at weekly intervals with the structured learning facilitated through Canvas. Structured instruments guide mentor review and feedback on the creation of syllabus, lesson plans, learning activities, and assessments. The program has been delivered each semester since Fall 2015. This paper will present an assessment of the impact of the program on course development and delivery. Student evaluations, mentor reflections, and instructor reflections from 2.5 years of the program are analyzed to identify effective and ineffective program elements. Ideas for evolving the program to an autonomous course development and delivery mentoring available online were compiled and used to transition the program to one being made available through the Internet.

Burian, S. J., & Ward, M., & Ahmad, S., & Stevenson, D. L., & Banuri, T., & Chaudhry, M. A., & Mahar, R. B., & Ullman, J. D. (2018, June), Assessment of a Peer Mentoring Program to Build Capacity for Course Development and Delivery Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29833

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