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The Development of a Texas A&M University Faculty of Engineering Education

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference

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Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Diversity

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Tracy Anne Hammond Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7272-0507

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Dr. Hammond is Director of the Institute for Engineering Education & Innovation and also the chair of the Engineering Education Faculty. She is also Director of the Sketch Recognition Lab and Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. She is a member of the Center for Population and Aging, the Center for Remote Health Technologies & Systems as well as the Institute for Data Science. Hammond is a PI for over 13 million in funded research, from NSF, DARPA, Google, Microsoft, and others. Hammond holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and FTO (Finance Technology Option) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and four degrees from Columbia University: an M.S in Anthropology, an M.S. in Computer Science, a B.A. in Mathematics, and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Hammond mentored 17 UG theses (and many more non-thesis UG through 351 undergraduate research semesters taught), 29 MS theses, and 9 Ph.D. dissertations. Hammond is the 2020 recipient of the TEES Faculty Fellows Award and the 2011-2012 recipient of the Charles H. Barclay, Jr. '45 Faculty Fellow Award. Hammond has been featured on the Discovery Channel and other news sources. Hammond is dedicated to diversity and equity, reflected in her publications, research, teaching, service, and mentoring. More at http://srl.tamu.edu and http://ieei.tamu.edu.

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Karan Watson P.E. Texas A&M University

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Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., is currently a Regents Senior Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, having joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1983 as an Assistant Professor. She is also serving as the C0-Director of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation. She has served in numerous roles at Texas A&M University, including: Provost and Executive Vice President(2009-2017), Vice Provost (2009), Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost (2002-2009), Interim VP for Diversity (2009 & 2005-2006), Associate Dean of Engineering (1996-2001), and Assistant Dean of Engineering (1991-2006).
Dr. Watson is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. President's Award for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science mentoring award, the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Medal, the WEPAN Bevlee Watford Award, the College of Engineering Crawford Teaching Award, and two University-level Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Texas A&M University Association of Former Students—one in Student Relations in 1992 and in Administration in 2010, and the Texas Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni. In 2003–2004, she served as a Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education. Since 1991, she has served as an accreditation evaluator, commissioner, Board of Director, then President of ABET, and is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the ABET Foundation Board of Directors. She has also served as a program evaluator for J.D. programs for the ABA, for universities’ regional accreditation for SACSCOC, and for Business Schools for AACSB. She also has served as the Chair of the ECE division of ASEE, the President of the Education Society of IEEE, and the chair of the Women in Engineering of IEEE. She served as the Treasurer and a Board of Directors member for WEPAN.

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Samantha Ray Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3189-8899

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Samantha Ray is a Computer Engineering PhD student at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on creating intelligent systems for tasks that require human-like levels of understanding. She has previously worked on human activity recognition (HAR) systems for promoting healthy habits and educational tools using sketch recognition and eye tracking.

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Robert Harold Lightfoot Jr Texas A&M University

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ROBERT LIGHTFOOT
Lecturer, Computer Science & Engineering. Member of the Engineering Education Faculty. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M and Masters of Science in Software Engineering at SMU. He has 28 years of industry experience in most aspects of software development and product lifecycle. Robert Lightfoot is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Engineering. His research focuses on engineering education.

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Drew Steven Casey Texas A&M University

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Drew Casey is a Graduate Research Assistant at Texas A&M University. He received a bachelor’s degree in Technical and Scientific Communication from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009, and in 2011 he received a master’s degree in Asian Studies, with a focus on East-Asian security and technology issues, from Florida State University. Drew is currently working on a Master’s of Public Service & Administration.

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Shawna Thomas Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9967-2493

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Abstract

In April of 2019, Dr. Karan Watson, Co-Director of the Texas A&M University Institute for Engineering Education & Innovation, sent a call out to the university to form an officially recognized University Faculty of Engineering Education complete with bylaws. The principal purpose of forming this Faculty was to provide a collaborative structure for faculty of Texas A&M University who have interests in researching, developing, or sharing innovations for engineering, engineering technology, computer science, and industrial distribution education. The collaborations will be primarily involved in education research, curricular and pedagogical innovations, professional development, and mentoring of current and future scholars in education in these fields.

In September of 2019, the Faculty met for the first time to vote on a set of bylaws and requirements for membership. In October of 2019, the Faculty voted on a set of bylaws and agreed to nominate an executive committee. In November of 2019, the Faculty voted seven members to form the executive committee: Luciana Barroso, Kelly Brumbelow, Jean-Francois Chamberland, Dilma DaSilva, Tracy Hammond, Michael Johnson, and Kristi Shryock, all from the College of Engineering. The executive committee then voted Hammond as chair and Shryock as CoChair. As their first mode of action, they voted to change the bylaws to ensure inclusivity across the university, requiring at least one member from each College that has over five participants, of which the College of Teaching, Learning, and Culture did have, but without representation. In December of 2019, the Faculty of Engineering Education ratified the amendment and added Michael De Miranda to the Faculty. At that time the Faculty also jointly came up with a list of priority agendas and a list of task forces. In January of 2020, the task forces were formed and began to meet and create localized agendas and priorities.

In March of 2020, with many taskforces only having met once or twice, COVID hit us. Many of us had families on the front line. All of us were overwhelmed, now having to completely rework their face to face class into an online setting. The instinct was for everyone to step back, but rather we took this time as a priority to both band together and also to use our expertise to help the Engineering Faculty as a whole. In mid-March, we transformed from meeting once a month to once a week. In the beginning, we focussed on supporting us and others in this transition, but by the end of the summer, it had transformed into a tightly knit community that formed two writing groups, produced two surveys (with over 5,000 total responses) to query, reflect, and respond appropriately to the needs of the faculty, students, and staff.

In September of 2020, the executive committee, in conjunction with the Institute of Engineering Education and Innovation, now directed by Tracy Hammond, started an IEEI/EEF Teaching Faculty Fellows program, an IEEI/EEF Research Faculty Fellows Program, and an IEEI/EEF Seminal Speakers program. The Teaching Faculty Fellows meet weekly to watch each other's classroom videos to help both transform their online teaching practices and also to develop a better understanding of how to evaluate online teaching. The Research Faculty Fellows meet weekly to plan and design classroom experiments in their own classroom, write NSF proposals, and give feedback on each other's work and publications. Once a month the Seminal Speaker Series invites a seminal speaker in Engineering Education to a public talk on the state of Engineering Education, and also meet with several smaller groups including the associate deans and department heads, the teaching fellows, the research fellows, the engineering education faculty, the engineering education executive committee, and the graduate students. This also marked the first time that the graduate students ever knew that any other’s existence, and they are now developing a strong community of practice of their own. Thus far, our speakers have included Dr. Stephanie Adams, Dr. Donna Riley, and Dr. Bevlee Watford. Dr. Cindy Finelli and Dr. Sheryl Sorby are on the docket for future speakers.

In a little over a year and during a pandemic, the Faculty of Engineering Education went from being a disparate group of individuals into a strong cohesive community of practice. This paper will discuss the principles that drove the formation of the community to ensure a strong sense of inclusion, community, and promise.

Hammond, T. A., & Watson, K., & Ray, S., & Lightfoot, R. H., & Casey, D. S., & Thomas, S. (2021, March), The Development of a Texas A&M University Faculty of Engineering Education Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36409

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