Asee peer logo

Comparative Analysis of Ph.D. Programs in Engineering Education

Download Paper |


2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Design and Assessment of Graduate Curriculum

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

Page Count


Page Numbers

26.368.1 - 26.368.12



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Homero Gregorio Murzi Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16

visit author page

PhD. student of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech.

visit author page


Prateek Shekhar University of Texas, Austin Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Prateek Shekhar is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused in understanding students’ and faculty’s reaction to adoption of active learning based teaching methods in engineering classrooms. He holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California and B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India.

visit author page


Lisa D. McNair Virginia Tech

visit author page

Lisa D. McNair is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as co-Director of the VT Engineering Communication Center (VTECC). Her research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, design education, communication studies, identity theory and reflective practice. Projects supported by the National Science Foundation include exploring disciplines as cultures, interdisciplinary pedagogy for pervasive computing design; writing across the curriculum in Statics courses; as well as a CAREER award to explore the use of e-portfolios to promote professional identity and reflective practice.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Program  Evaluation  of  PhD  programs  in  Engineering  Education    The  field  of  Engineering  Education  (ENGE)  has  emerged  as  an  internationally  recognized  area  of  research  and  continues  to  expand  every  year  through  venues  for  continued  discussion  (ASEE,  FIE,  REES  Conferences)  and  peer  reviewed  publication  outlets  (JEE,  EJEE,  IJEE).  In  the  US,  several  universities  have  established  centers  to  support  engineering  faculty  members  in  improving  their  pedagogical  practices  and  perform  research  in  other  relevant  areas  of  ENGE.  In  addition,  engineering  departments  across  several  universities  have  started  to  recognize  ENGE  research  in  their  doctoral  programs.  Furthermore,  several  specialized  ENGE  PhD  programs  are  currently  being  offered  in  the  country,  reiterating  the  acceptance  of  ENGE  as  a  rigorous  field  of  inquiry.  However,  there  exists  minimal  information  about  the  effectiveness  of  these  dedicated  PhD  programs.      Considering  the  need  to  evaluate  the  quality  of  the  PhD  programs  in  ENGE,  our  methods  plan  is  a  mapping  of  the  different  programs  available  in  the  field  in  order  to  compare:  (i)  the  expected  learning  outcomes,  (ii)  program  goals,  (iii)  mission  statements,  and  (iv)  major  milestones.  Through  interviews  with  the  main  stakeholders  (i.e.  ENGE  Department  Heads,  ENGE  Graduate  Student  coordinators,  Deans  of  College  of  Engineering,  administrators  in  charge  of  hiring  ENGE  graduates,  and  ENGE  graduates)  will  be  interviewed  to  gather  insights  and  compare  the  similitudes  or  differences  between  the  existing  ENGE  programs.  Results  from  the  program  evaluation  of  ENGE  PhD  programs  will  provide  with  information  about  the  different  focus  and  characteristics  programs  have.    Mapping  the  programs  will  allow  us  to  understand  how  cohesive  the  field  is  (or  not)  at  this  point  of  evolution,  and  the  main  attributes  different  programs  develop  in  ENGE.  In  addition,  results  will  provide  preliminary  information  that  will  help  us  propose  a  thorough  program  evaluation  proposal  to  understand  the  impact  ENGE  graduates  have  in  the  engineering  field.        

Murzi, H. G., & Shekhar, P., & McNair, L. D. (2015, June), Comparative Analysis of Ph.D. Programs in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23707

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015