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COVID-19 Impacts on Architecture Educators in India- A review of gender perceptions

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Sandeep Langar The University of Texas at San Antonio


Rachel Mosier Oklahoma State University

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Rachel Mosier is an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University and a licensed as a professional engineer in Construction Engineering with 7 years experience as a structural engineer. Mosier worked 6 years in municipal government public works. Mosier researches infrastructure specifically focused on sustainable infrastructure and its cost. Other research interests include engineering education topics.
She has been a member of ASEE since 2015 and is currently serving as Program Chair of the Architectural Engineering Division and is the Construction Division Chair.

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He completed a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management, from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with 20 years of the academic experience at five different universities. Students and departments have always praised him for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. He has been involved in numerous professional societies to supplement his teaching and research, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE, and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Digital Construction, 3) BIM and VDC, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Construction Education, and 6) Sustainability.

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The majority of the academic institutions across the globe transitioned education delivery to alternate methods, irrespective of specializations, in response to the pandemic. However, very little is explored regarding how educators perceive the Online Learning Environment (OLE) transition impacts based on gender differences. The need for such a study emerges as the literature indicates that women are more impacted than males during natural disasters, which might include a pandemic. The unit of analysis for the study was architecture educators in India. India was purposely selected as it is one of the top three countries globally from the perspective of enrolled university students. Therefore, understanding the COVID-19 impacts from the perspective of genders was imperative. The study explored the impacts of the OLE transition among architecture educators as per gender in India. An online survey method was used to allow adequate data collection during a pandemic and collaboration of global research teams. The developed online instrument was hosted on Qualtrics. The developed online instrument was pilot tested by education experts in India. The instrument was then emailed to the deans of more than 450 architecture colleges in India for dissemination among the educators affiliated with the institutions. This was done as limited information about architectural educators was publicly available. In addition, the research team used interpersonal channels such as Whatsapp for instrument distribution. Two follow-up emails were sent to increase the response rate. The survey instrument was disseminated in March and April 2021, one year after the pandemic had impacted globally, also the timeframe when the pandemic started to severely impact India. The study used 165 complete responses from architecture educators. Approximately 59% of the respondents identified themselves as Females. Further, the majority of the respondents had a Master's degree as a terminal degree. The study also investigated whether the female faculty OLE transition experiences were any different from the male faculty, especially with literature indicating that some female faculty were burdened with caretaking roles.

Langar, S., & Mosier, R., & Adhikari, S. (2022, August), COVID-19 Impacts on Architecture Educators in India- A review of gender perceptions Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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