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Introducing An Online Community For Chemical Engineering Educators

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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ChE: Departmental Issues and Integrating Freshmen into the ChE Program

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Chemical Engineering

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11.827.1 - 11.827.11



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David Silverstein University of Kentucky

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DAVID L. SILVERSTEIN is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Extended Campus Programs in Paducah. He received his B.S.Ch.E. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; his M.S. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; and has been a registered P.E. since 2002. He has over twenty years experience in microcomputer programming. Silverstein is the 2004 recipient of the William H. Corcoran Award for the most outstanding paper published in Chemical Engineering Education during 2003.

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Daina Briedis Michigan State University

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DAINA BRIEDIS is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. Dr.
Briedis has conducted research in bioadhesion; she is currently studying development of effective learning tools for the multidisciplinary classroom. She is active nationally and internationally in engineering accreditation, and is a member of the ABET Board of Directors. She served as Chair of the Chemical Engineering Division in 2004-05.

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Kevin Dahm Rowan University

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KEVIN DAHM is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1998 and his B.S. from WPI in 1992. Among his areas of interest are use of computing and process simulation in the curriculum. He has received the 2005 Raymond W. Fahien Award, the 2003 Joseph J. Martin Award and the 2002 PIC-III Award from ASEE.

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Richard Zollars Washington State University

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DICK ZOLLARS is a professor in, and director of, the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has been teaching engineering for 27 years. His interests are colloidal/interfacial phenomena and reactor design.

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Introducing an Online Community for Chemical Engineering Educators


It has often been claimed that teaching is the role of a professor for which there is the least formal preparation. A new professor will be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach, often without any training in how to teach effectively. While there are many opportunities for preparation (National Effective Teaching Institutes, training provided by one’s institution, conferences such as ASEE’s Annual Conference), it is often difficult to get the sort of timely help a new faculty member might wish to have to teach a new course successfully. This paper introduces a web-based forum designed to provide just-in-time strategies for classroom effectiveness. In this scenario, experienced faculty would also benefit from the experience of others teaching similar courses.

Beyond the course teaching responsibilities, there are numerous engineering education related topics for which the ability to share and aggregate information and documents in a central virtual location would be invaluable. The Chemical Engineering Division (ChED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is addressing these needs by launching a virtual community for chemical engineering educators, the ChED Forum (http://www.asee- Faculty members worldwide will be empowered to share suggestions, comments, and resources. This knowledge is valuable but perhaps not readily disseminated by traditional conference papers and presentations; the ChED Forum would provide access to this knowledge instantaneously. Additionally, timely announcements, such as calls for papers, REU opportunities, employment opportunities, and other similar announcements will be aggregated on (or linked to from) a single website.

This paper will introduce the current design of the ChED Forum, describe its intended use, provide instruction on posting and reading from the site, and provide a vision statement for the future development of this community. Most importantly, the active participation of faculty members will be solicited to develop this Forum as dynamic community of chemical engineering educators, promising to help improve the quality of a chemical engineering education worldwide.

Silverstein, D., & Briedis, D., & Dahm, K., & Zollars, R. (2006, June), Introducing An Online Community For Chemical Engineering Educators Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--429

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