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Leadership Development in Change: A Panel to Explore Experiences, Skills, and Learning in Change Management for New Engineering Educators

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Leadership Development in Change: A Panel to Explore Experiences, Skills, and Learning in Change Management for New Engineering Educators

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New Engineering Educators

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26.1058.1 - 26.1058.15



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Ella Lee Ingram Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Ella L. Ingram is an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her
educational research interests include promoting successful change practice of STEM faculty, effective evolution and ecology instruction, and facilitating undergraduate research experiences. Her teaching portfolio includes courses on: nutrition, introductory biology, ecology and environmental studies, evolution, evolutionary medicine, and research practices in science.

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Julia M. Williams Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Dr. Julia M. Williams is Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment and Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her research areas include technical communication, assessment, accreditation, and the development of change management strategies for faculty and staff. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly, among others.

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Panel Proposal: Leadership Development in Change: A Panel to Explore Experiences, Skills, and Learning in Change Management for New Engineering Educators.Engineering educators are increasingly being hired to serve as change agents; often specificresponsibilities include “innovation” or “leading course redesigns”, or being “a dynamic leader”(e.g. recent job postings for STEM teacher initiatives with dual appointments or in first-yearengineering programs). However, rarely do graduate programs include specific training ininnovation, leadership, or change management. In this interactive panel session, we will explorethe challenges of being hired into a change leadership position, change leadership skills neededby new engineering educators, and mechanisms for acquiring those skills. These three topics willreveal the landscape of change occurring in engineering education now and elucidate how newengineering educators can position themselves for success as an applicant for open positions andin their role as change agents. The target audience participant for this panel is the graduatestudent who envisions their future career to include leading significant projects from inception tosustainability, or the new faculty member or educator who is currently participating in significantchange efforts (e.g. program revisions following ABET accreditation). Such individuals shouldattend with the intent of both learning and contributing to the discussion, as this session willinclude several opportunities for shared meaning making regarding the leadership skills requiredfor successful change management. The session will begin with guided descriptions ofexperiences, self-analysis by panelists and audience participants regarding change leadershipreadiness, and descriptions of growth efforts. The culminating experience for audienceparticipants will be reviewing example action plans for professional development in this arena,and creating their own nascent plan. Questions from the audience participants will be solicited atthe outset of the session (to guide open discussion) and will be welcome at any time. We willdistribute a resource list and example change leadership exercises, along with contactinformation for change leaders on the panel. This experience will provide promising newengineering educators with information, resources, and personal confidence to commence actingon their calling to be change agents.ObjectivesAs a result of attending this session, participants will be able to…Describe common challenges experienced by new engineering educators regarding institutingsignificant change projects,Differentiate skills need to support change from skills needed to be a successful instructor,Find key resources to support change leadership development, andArticulate a short-term plan of action for acquiring change leadership skills.Moderators (Two authors – removed for blinded review)Potential Panelists (selection to be based on anticipated attendance; also a selection of subjects ofthe paper to be submitted)Lee Rynearson, Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University Department ofEngineering EducationGeoffrey Herman, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Department of Electricaland Computer EngineeringMatthew Lovell, Assistant Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Department of CivilEngineeringHelen Muga, Assistant Professor, University of Mount Union Department of Civil EngineeringAdam Kirn, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Reno, College of Education & College ofEngineeringTylisha Brown, Coordinator of Academic Coaching, Michigan State UniversityRelevant keywords: change, leadership, innovation, professional development

Ingram, E. L., & Williams, J. M. (2015, June), Leadership Development in Change: A Panel to Explore Experiences, Skills, and Learning in Change Management for New Engineering Educators Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24395

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