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Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning in a College of Engineering

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade II

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New Engineering Educators

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25.644.1 - 25.644.8



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W. Vincent Wilding P.E. Brigham Young University

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W. Vincent Wilding is professor of chemical engineering, 1994-present, Brigham Young University. He worked for Wiltec Research Company, Inc., 1985-1994, and has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Rice University, 1985, and a B.S. in chemical engineering, Brigham Young University, 1981.

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James K. Archibald Brigham Young University

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James K. Archibald received a B.S. degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1981, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Since 1987, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University. His current research interests include robotics and embedded systems. Archibald is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Phi Kappa Phi.

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Paul Richards P.E. Brigham Young University


Steven L. Shumway Brigham Young University

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Steven Shumway is an Associate Professor in the Technology and Engineering Education program at BYU. Much of his time is spent working with middle and high school teachers in the implementation of technology and engineering-related curriculum into secondary school programs.

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Brian D Jensen Brigham Young University

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Brian D. Jensen has taught at Brigham Young University since Jan. 2005. He received a M.S. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., both in 2004. He also received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1996 and 1998, respectively. In 1998 and 1999, he spent 16 months as a Micromechanism Designer at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. He has performed research and published more than 60 papers in design topics, including microelectromechanical systems and compliant mechanisms, and he holds seven U.S. patents. His work has been recognized by several best paper awards, the 2009 BYU Young Scholar Award, and the 2010 Utah Engineers Council Educator of the Year Award.

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Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning in a College of EngineeringJames K. Archibald, Brian D. Jensen, Paul W. Richards, Steven L. Shumway,and W. Vincent WildingIra A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young UniversityThere has always been an emphasis on excellent teaching in the Ira A. Fulton Collegeof Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. With the establishment ofa Teaching and Learning Committee, consisting of faculty members from eachdepartment, this emphasis has reached a new level of impact across the college. Thepurpose of this committee is to “Encourage, inspire, and facilitate excellence in teachingand learning.” Over the course of 2 ½ years this committee has organized three annualExcellence in Teaching and Learning Seminars and a series of one-hour luncheonsfocused on a variety of topics, ranging from principles of inquiry-based learning tosuggestions for an improved process for the peer review of teaching. This paper willdiscuss the lessons learned as this committee has implemented this program, and willhighlight impactful topics that have been presented in these seminars and luncheons.

Wilding, W. V., & Archibald, J. K., & Richards, P., & Shumway, S. L., & Jensen, B. D. (2012, June), Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning in a College of Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21401

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