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Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Students' Characteristics at Hispanic-serving Institutions

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 14, 2019

Start Date

April 14, 2019

End Date

April 22, 2019

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Track: Faculty - Technical Session I

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Diversity and Faculty

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13

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Meagan R. Kendall University of Texas, El Paso

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An Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Meagan R. Kendall is helping develop a new Engineering Leadership Program to enable students to bridge the gap between traditional engineering education and what they will really experience in industry. With a background in both engineering education and design thinking, her research focuses on how Latinx students develop an identity as an engineer, methods for enhancing student motivation, and methods for involving students in curriculum development and teaching through Peer Designed Instruction.

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Alexandra Coso Strong Florida International University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4988-361X

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As an assistant professor of engineering education at Florida International University, Dr. Alexandra Coso Strong works and teaches at the intersection of engineering education, faculty development, and complex systems design. Alexandra completed her doctorate in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in Spring 2014. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, Alexandra received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from MIT (2007) and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia (2010). Alexandra comes to FIU after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and three years as a faculty member at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. Alexandra’s research aims to improve the design of educational experiences for students by critically examining the work and learning environments of practitioners. Specifically, she focuses on (1) how to design and change educational and work systems through studies of practicing engineers and educators and (2) how to help students transition into, through and out of educational and work systems.

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Ines Basalo University of Miami

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Dr. Basalo is an Assistant Professor in Practice in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the University of Miami in 2014, she worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York City. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2006.
Since 2015 Dr. Basalo has been actively involved in the University of Miami College of Engineering’s “Redefining Engineering Education” strategic plan on educational innovation.

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Gemma Henderson University of Miami Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0002-1782-1273

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Gemma Henderson is a Senior Instructional Designer for the LIFE (Learning, Innovation and Faculty Engagement) team in Academic Technologies at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Gemma partners with faculty members, academic units, and other university stakeholders to create and assess innovative, effective, and meaningful learning experiences, through learner-centered pedagogies, differentiated teaching, and emerging educational technologies. She has facilitated faculty development initiatives, communities and events in online course design, formative assessment, narrative techniques and 3-D technologies in undergraduate education. Since Fall 2016, in partnership with the College of Engineering and the LIFE team, Gemma designed and supported faculty development workshops in active learning pedagogies, provided regular consultations and also joined the UM team at Olin College's 2017 Collaboratory Summer Institute. Gemma is a recent graduate from the MSc Digital Education program at the University of Edinburgh.

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Abstract

Keywords: Undergraduate, Faculty, Race/Ethnicity, Engineering

The creation of a diverse STEM workforce has been the target of multiple initiatives that seek to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities. Hispanic/Latinx students represent a small fraction of undergraduate engineering students, and more than half obtain their undergraduate degrees from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Focusing efforts at these institutions has the potential to significantly increase representation of the Hispanic/Latinx population in engineering.

This study is part of a broader effort to identify needs and successes at existing HSIs by actively engaging with engineering educators through the use of design thinking methodologies. This paper aims to further the understanding of how educators at HSIs perceive their undergraduate students, with the following guiding research question: How do educators at HSIs describe their student’s characteristics, including assets, needs, and opportunities that could be used to amplify current efforts at HSIs?

Thirty-six engineering educators from 12 HSIs in FL, TX, NM, and AZ attended one of two workshops in the spring of 2018. Participants engaged in individual and group written activities that helped them reflect on their students to actively design an activity for a course they currently teach, with the help of information previously gathered through interviews with students. Qualitative analysis of the data across the thirty-six educators at both workshops will identify any region or institution-specific characteristics of Hispanic/Latinx engineering students. The overall findings are expected to provide a set of unique characteristics of students at HSIs that can serve as the foundation for future research and future educational efforts to increase the representation of Hispanic/Latinx students in engineering.

Kendall, M. R., & Strong, A. C., & Basalo, I., & Henderson, G. (2019, April), Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Students' Characteristics at Hispanic-serving Institutions Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31759

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