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The EFELTS Project: Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through Service

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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14

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22.1444.1 - 22.1444.14

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https://peer.asee.org/18987

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

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Chris Swan is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with additional appointments in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Dr. Swan has also served as chair of Tufts CEE department (2002 - 2007) and as an officer in the Environmental Engineering division of ASEE (2001 - 2005). Dr. Swan’s current interests lie in the areas of waste reuse, and service-based educational efforts in the engineering curriculum. Specific efforts involving engineering education concern project-based learning and service-based pedagogies – their potential impacts on student learning and how these impacts may be evaluated and assessed.

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John J. Duffy University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Professor, Faculty Coordinator of Service-Learning

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Kurt Paterson Michigan Technological University

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Kurt Paterson is on the environmental engineering faculty, where he currently serves as Director of Michigan Tech’s D80 Center (http://www.d80.mtu.edu/), a consortium of 20 research, education, and service programs dedicated to creating appropriate solutions with the poorest 80% of humanity. His research, teaching and service interests focus on appropriate technology solutions that improve public health, international project-based service learning, and engineering education reform. Prof. Paterson teaches courses on creativity, engineering with developing communities, and community-inspired innovation. He has served the American Society for Engineering Education in numerous capacities, as a member of the International Strategic Planning Task Force, the International Advisory Committee, and Global Task Force, and as Chair of the International Division. He actively serves Engineers Without Borders-USA, as a chapter co-advisor, education committee chair, and lead on EWB’s efforts to examine its educational impacts. He is currently leading several NSF-funded projects involving the design and assessment of service learning in engineering education. He is co-author of several recently released books, including: Measuring the Impacts of Project-Based Service Learning on Engineering Education, Engineering in Developing Communities: Water, Sanitation, and Indoor Air, and Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, and Design.

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Angela R. Bielefeldt University of Colorado, Boulder

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Angela Bielefeldt, Ph.D., PE, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). She began involvement with service learning (SL) in 2001, when she began integrating SL into the senior capstone Environmental Engineering Design course. Her research interests include ceramic water filters for household drinking water treatment in developing communities, bioremediation, and engineering education.

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Olga Pierrakos James Madison University

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OLGA PIERRAKOS is an assistant professor in the new School of Engineering, which welcomed it inaugural class August 2008, at James Madison University. 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. Her interests in engineering education research center around recruitment and retention, understanding engineering students through the lens of identity theory (NSF BRIGE grant), advancing problem based learning methodologies (NSF CCLI grant), assessing student learning, as well as understanding and integrating complex problem solving in undergraduate engineering education (NSF CAREER grant). Her other research interests lie in cardiovascular fluid mechanics, sustainability research, and K-12 engineering outreach.

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Abstract

The EFELTS Project - Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through ServiceAbstractThis paper outlines the development of a three-year effort that focuses on Learning ThroughService (LTS) – a pedagogical method that combines academic learning with service. EFELTSinvolves investigators from five, diverse institutions invoking a 4D Process (Discover, Distill,Design, and Disseminate) to a) evaluate the impacts on faculty currently engaged in LTS efforts(Goal 1) and b) empower additional faculty to implement LTS (Goal 2).Major activities to be undertaken during the EFELTS effort include: a) surveying and interviewing engaged faculty; b) convening a meeting of “expert” in LTS program/course designs, implementations, and assessments; c) conducting intensive faculty training workshops on LTS that lead to new LTS efforts at course and program levels; and d) sustaining faculty engagement via a continued dissemination of efforts.Assessment research methodologies (development and use) are integrated throughout theseactivities.Expectations from the effort range from engaging faculty to implement and support LTS inengineering education to expanding the list of appropriate teaching, learning and assessmentmethodologies that are appropriate and enhance engineering education. The EFELTS effort isalso expected to:  Expand the use of LTS in engineering education AND highlight LTS as a viable research endeavor and scholarly activity;  Explore the synergy and differences between curricular and extracurricular service activities in engineering education;  Identify challenges and facilitators to LTS for different faculty and institution types;  Place an importance on pedagogy in the development of future engineering faculty;  Create service-minded engineers who assist communities-in-need through engineering; and  Study whether service is, and should be, an accepted part of the engineering profession.

Swan, C. W., & Duffy, J. J., & Paterson, K., & Bielefeldt, A. R., & Pierrakos, O. (2011, June), The EFELTS Project: Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through Service Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18987

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