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Establishing Virtual Communities of Practice to Support Chemical Engineering Faculty Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Faculty Development Lighting Talk Session 1: COVID-19 Focus

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Faculty Development Division

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Diversity

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5

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https://peer.asee.org/37097

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Matthew W. Liberatore University of Toledo Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5495-7145

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Matthew W. Liberatore is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. His current research involves the rheology of complex fluids as well as active learning, reverse engineering online videos, and interactive textbooks. His website is: http://www.utoledo.edu/engineering/chemical-engineering/liberatore/

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Daniel Lepek Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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Dr. Daniel Lepek is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He received his Ph.D. from New Jersey Institute of Technology and B.E. from The Cooper Union, both in chemical engineering. In 2011, he received the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division ”Engineering Education” Mentoring Grant and in 2015 he received the Ray W. Fahien Award. His research interests include particle technology, transport phenomena, and engineering education. His current educational research is focused on peer instruction, technology-enhanced active learning, and electronic textbooks.

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Abstract

This is a Work in Progress (WIP) Paper:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, chemical engineering departments from around the world shifted their course offerings from in-person to online almost instantaneously. The AIChE Education Division took a substantial step in aiding faculty by establishing multiple Virtual Communities of Practice that allowed faculty to share experiences, best practices, and provide support. This paper will highlight the early development and overall structure of the AIChE Virtual Communities of Practice program. Other aspects we seek to discuss include potential strategies to assess the impact of this program on faculty development and related topics. We seek to present this paper in the Faculty Development Division so that we can disseminate our work in the area of faculty development to the broader engineering education community outside the Chemical Engineering Division. (We are also willing to present this paper as part of the Chemical Engineering Division, should the Program Chair decide).

***Since this work and program will most likely continue during the Spring 2021 and possibly Fall 2021 semester, we seek to present this as a Work in Progress (WIP) Paper in order to both present our early work so far and to receive feedback for implementation in later semesters.

Liberatore, M. W., & Lepek, D. (2021, July), Establishing Virtual Communities of Practice to Support Chemical Engineering Faculty Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37097

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