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Developing a Shared Vision for Change: New results from the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Participatory Action Research

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)

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Educational Research and Methods

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Cara Margherio University of Washington

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Cara Margherio is the Senior Research Associate at the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Cara serves as project manager for program evaluation on several NSF- and NIH-funded projects. Her research interests include community cultural wealth, counterspaces, peer mentoring, and institutional change.

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Elizabeth Litzler University of Washington

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Elizabeth Litzler, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) and an affiliate assistant professor of sociology. She directs research and evaluation projects from conceptualization, methodological design, and collection of data and analysis to dissemination of findings. Dr. Litzler is a member of ASEE and a former board member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Her research interests include the educational climate for students in science and engineering, and gender and race stratification in education and the workforce.

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Kerice Doten-Snitker University of Washington Orcid 16x16

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This research paper describes participatory action research with change agents who are engaged in making academic change on their campuses through the NSF REvolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) Program, focusing on the first cohort of awardees. Through REDPAR (RED Participatory Action Research), an NSF-funded collaboration between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the University of Washington, we work with the RED teams to investigate the change process and also provide training and support. This paper addresses one of the research questions guiding the study, “How do change agents empower stakeholders to develop a shared vision for change?” We find that the RED teams have pursued different paths to engage their respective stakeholders, from building strategic partnerships with external stakeholders such as industrial advisory boards to initiating structural changes to shift internal culture in their institutions. We envision that these results will 1) demonstrate practices for initiating change in engineering and computer science departments, and 2) help other organizations understand how different types of stakeholder engagement can propel or decelerate a large-scale change project.

Margherio, C., & Litzler, E., & Doten-Snitker, K. (2017, June), Developing a Shared Vision for Change: New results from the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Participatory Action Research Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28133

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