Asee peer logo

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

Download Paper |

Conference

2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

14

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/28133

Download Count

91

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Cara Margherio University of Washington

visit author page

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.

visit author page

biography

Elizabeth Litzler University of Washington

visit author page

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.

visit author page

author page

Kerice Doten-Snitker University of Washington

Download Paper |

Abstract

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. https://peer.asee.org/28133

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: © 2017 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