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Research Institutions’ Teaching Imperative: Rising to the Commitment of Service-Learning in Engineering Education

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Socio-cultural Elements of Learning through Service

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

24.1043.1 - 24.1043.13

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https://peer.asee.org/22976

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Bowa George Tucker University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Bowa George Tucker, Ed.D. is a Senior Research Associate for the National Science Foundation funded Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning through Service, and Engineering for the Common Good in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Higher Education Administration in 2010. His dissertation research produced a rigorous qualitative study entitled Uncovering the Civic Dimensions of Service-Learning in Higher Education: A Multi-Case Study. Dr. Tucker has extensive experience in program management and evaluation of multiyear, multimillion dollar partnership programs, including the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development. His expertise includes assessment in teaching and learning outcomes in k-12 and in higher education, diversity, leadership, community outreach, and curriculum development.

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David O. Kazmer University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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David Kazmer is a Professor of Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell. His teaching and research are related to product and machine design, systems modeling, and controls. He is an inventor with over twenty patents and the author of more than two hundred publications including two books. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Plastics Engineers, he is the recipient of over twenty different recognition awards including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the ASME Ishii-Toshiba Award for sustained and meritorious contribution to Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle.

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Chris Swan Tufts University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5670-8938

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Chris Swan is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum Development in the School of Engineering and an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Tufts University. He has additional appointments in the Department of Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts. He has been an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education, having served at various officer posts for the Environmental Engineering Division (2003-7) and the Community Engagement Division (2011 – present). His current research interests in engineering education focus on project-based learning and service-based pedagogies. He also does research on the impact of temperature (heating and/or freezing) on engineering properties of soils and on the development of reuse strategies for waste materials.

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Angela R. Bielefeldt University of Colorado, Boulder

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Angela Bielefeldt, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been on the faculty since 1996. She serves as the ABET Assessment Coordinator for the Department. Professor Bielefeldt teaches introductory courses for first year engineering students, senior capstone design, and environmental engineering specialty courses. She conducts engineering education research related to learning through service (LTS), social responsibility, sustainability, ethics, and globalization.

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Kurt Paterson P.E. James Madison University

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Olga Pierrakos James Madison University

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OLGA PIERRAKOS is an associate professor and founding faculty member of the James Madison University Department of Engineering. At JMU, Dr. Pierrakos is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) and Director of the Advanced Thermal Fluids Laboratory. Her interests in engineering education research center around recruitment and retention, engineer identity, engineering design instruction and methodology, learning through service, problem based learning methodologies, assessment of student learning, as well as complex problem solving. Her other research interests lie in cardiovascular fluid mechanics, sustainability, and K-12 engineering outreach. Dr. Pierrakos is a 2009 NSF CAREER Awardee. Dr. Pierrakos holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Greg Rulifson P.E. University of Colorado, Boulder

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Greg Rulifson is a doctoral student in Civil Engineering focusing his research on engineering education. Greg earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley and earned a master's degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. His current research focuses on understanding engineering students' conceptions of social responsibility, how engineering service is valued professionally, as well as how faculty can be facilitated to engage students in engineering service more effectively.

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Linda Barrington University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Abstract

Research Institutions’ Teaching Imperative: Rising to the Commitment of Service-Learning in Engineering Education AbstractSince the formation of Campus Compact in 1985, a number of faculty members at researchinstitutions of higher education in the United States have successfully integrated service-learningin their courses as an effective curricular strategy. While some faculty members have continuedto integrate service-learning in their teaching, others have discontinued its use. Most studies onfaculty involvement with service-learning have focused on factors that influence whether or notfaculty adopt service-learning pedagogy, and no study has investigated factors for discontinuingthe use of service-learning in engineering. As such, this inquiry examines the reasons facultydiscontinued the integration of service-learning in their courses. This research primarily focuseson engineering faculty members at research universities. A qualitative research approach is used to conduct in-depth interviews of engineeringfaculty using a protocol including predetermined and follow-up questions. The interviews wereaimed at identifying the faculty experience, and at probing the reasons for discontinuation.Preliminary findings suggestion some faculty were motivated by financial incentives, and whenthe incentive no longer existed they were not inclined to continue due to the additional workinvolved. In addition, others discontinued the use of service-learning simply because they nolonger teach the course. Finally, others discontinued service-learning due to the changes in thecourse requirements. However, a common theme that emerged among the faculty was that theyall continued to believe in the intended educational outcomes of service-learning.

Tucker, B. G., & Kazmer, D. O., & Swan, C., & Bielefeldt, A. R., & Paterson, K., & Pierrakos, O., & Rulifson, G., & Barrington, L. (2014, June), Research Institutions’ Teaching Imperative: Rising to the Commitment of Service-Learning in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/22976

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