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Building Your Change Agent Tool-Kit: Channeling the Power of Story

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Liberal Education Division Technical Session Session 10

Tagged Division

Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

Page Count

11

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https://peer.asee.org/32488

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5

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Jennifer Karlin Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Jennifer Karlin spent the first half of her career at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where she was a professor of industrial engineering and held the Pietz professorship for entrepreneurship and economic development. She is now a professor of integrated engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the Bell Engineering program and the managing partner of Kaizen Consulting.

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Rebecca A Bates Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Rebecca A. Bates received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. She also received the M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Engineering program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, home of the Iron Range and Twin Cities Engineering programs.

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Cheryl Allendoerfer Shoreline Community College

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Dr. Allendoerfer is the Manager of Tutoring Services at Shoreline Community College.

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Dan Ewert

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Dr. Ewert has been involved in cardiovascular engineering for over 25 years in both research and instruction. He has consulted for major medical device companies in the area of cardiovascular engineering and performed research with US and international colleagues. He has a broad background in mechanical and electrical engineering, and physiology with specific training and expertise. His work includes modeling the cardiovascular system, ventricular assist devices, cardiac physiology, instrumentation systems and leadless cardiac pacing. He help developed and was the inaugural director of a project-based-learning engineering curriculum. He is now involved in discovery-based-learning on multi-disciplinary teams.

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Abstract

We live in a social and organizational infrastructure made up of stories. These stories can be handed down from generations past, created spontaneously by events, and fashioned in our own heads. Regardless of their origin, stories illustrate meaning in our organizations and interactions. Learning to read the stories around us helps us to uncover the underlying beliefs and assumptions holding back the positive organizational change needed to implement and sustain innovations in engineering education. Anyone who has ever been held back from making or sustaining an engineering education innovation because ‘we’ve never done it that way before’ or ‘it will never get ABET accredited’ or another narrative has experienced stories used to block progress. This paper builds on The Power of Story, where readers learned to identify stories in their organizations through the use of interview data from our research study of engineering education innovation origin stories.

Channeling the Power of Story moves the reader from finding the key stories to using those narratives to make organizational and personal change. The recommendations are distilled from our research study and grounded in the work of others. Core recommendations are to Re-frame, Change the anchor, Social influence / social normative, and Co-opt the disbeliever.

Karlin, J., & Bates, R. A., & Allendoerfer, C., & Ewert, D. (2019, June), Building Your Change Agent Tool-Kit: Channeling the Power of Story Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32488

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