Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The purpose of this paper is to describe a new and innovative course in engineering management focusing on leadership and diversity. The paper provides the key learning objectives, instructional strategies, and the success of the course pilot in Spring 2017. The course was piloted with five graduate students in Spring 2017 and piloted again in Spring 2018 with 14 students, 3 undergraduates and 11 graduate students. Assessment of student learning was evaluated through the university’s student evaluation of teaching (SET) surveys, through two quiz questions, and through an instructor provided single question survey, asking the students, “How did this course change your life?” Some key findings from the student survey included: “This course creates a vision of our personal growth. It is a complete overall course on life, its characteristics, other managerial skills and last but not the least it encourages you to be a good leader. The most beneficial part that I learned from this course is that I understand how to organize my life and how to make a specific step-by-step plan to achieve my goals. I used to think I could never be a leader. I am not afraid to think about myself as a leader, I started to imagine that I could be a leader now.” The value of the course is to develop leaders to excel in a diverse workforce. It provides students with an awareness of the barriers, biases and challenges to diversity in engineering, and provides strategies that can be used to improve satisfaction in the engineering workplace and in academia.
Furterer, S. L. (2018, June), Developing a Leadership and Diversity Course for an Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30290
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