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The 2015, 2016, and 2017 Best Diversity Papers: Summary and Perspective

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Building and Engaging Communities for Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Minorities in Engineering and International

Tagged Topics

Diversity and ASEE Diversity Committee

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Janet Callahan Boise State University Orcid 16x16

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Janet Callahan is Chair and Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include diversity, retention, mathematics and materials science teaching and learning, first-year programs, accreditation, and faculty development.

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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and was 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). From 1998-2016, Stephanie was a faculty member in Chemical Engineering at Rowan. Dr. Farrell has contributed to engineering education through her work in experiential learning, focusing on areas of pharmaceutical, biomedical and food engineering. She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education with several teaching awards such as the 2004 National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the 2005 Quinn Award for experiential learning.

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Adrienne Robyn Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Minerick is the Associate Dean for Research & Innovation in the College of Engineering and Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development at Michigan Tech. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and B.S. from Michigan Tech. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics, predominantly dielectrophoretic characterizations of cells, and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a NSF CAREER award and was nominated for Michigan Professor of the Year in 2014. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (M.D. – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools (see Adrienne is past Chair of ASEE's Diversity Committee and past PIC I Chair; she has previously served on WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams and has contributed to over 40 ASEE conference proceedings articles.

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This paper contains a summary and review of the Best Diversity Paper nominations from 2015, 2016 and 2017 – since the inception of the Best Diversity Paper, established in 2015. These papers included nominations from 35 different groups, including 30 divisions, one committee, and four regions, representing a wide-angle perspective on how individual professions study their engineering education profession as it relates to diversity and inclusiveness. Each year, the nominations resulted in five or six finalists arising from different divisions which included the K-12 and Pre-College Engineering, First Year Programs, Liberal Education/Engineering and Society, Mechanical Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation, and Multidisciplinary Engineering Divisions in 2015, the Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Educational Research and Methods, Engineering Ethics, Women in Engineering Division and the Pacific Southwest Section in 2016, and the Aerospace Division, Diversity Committee, Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division, Mathematics Division, and Student Divisions in 2017.

Callahan, J., & Farrell, S., & Minerick, A. R. (2018, June), The 2015, 2016, and 2017 Best Diversity Papers: Summary and Perspective Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31077

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