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Third-Year Status of a Summer Faculty Immersion Program

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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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New Engineering Educators Division Technical Session 1

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New Engineering Educators

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26.1584.1 - 26.1584.17



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Juan C Morales Universidad del Turabo

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Dr. Juan C. Morales, P.E., joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Universidad del Turabo (UT), Gurabo, Puerto Rico, in 1995 and currently holds the rank of professor. Dr. Morales was the ABET Coordinator of the School of Engineering for the initial ABET-EAC accreditation of all four accredited programs at UT. He has been Department Head of Mechanical Engineering since 2003. His efforts to diffuse innovative teaching and learning practices derive directly from the outcomes assessment plan that he helped devise and implement as ABET Coordinator. The assessment results show that students wish for more real-world examples to provide context to theory, and that the faculty at UT desire to learn more about research-based innovations in the classroom. The Summer Faculty Immersion Program is funded by a Department of Education grant awarded to Dr. Morales in 2012. An additional grant was awarded in 2014 to Dr. Morales by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the diffusion of mobile hands-on learning in the classroom at a state-wide level in all five engineering schools in Puerto Rico.
Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad del Turabo, PO Box 3030, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, 00778.
Tel. 787-743-7979 x 4182

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Michael J. Prince Bucknell University

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Third-Year Status of a Summer Faculty Immersion ProgramAbstractThis paper discusses the status of a Summer Faculty Immersion Program (SFIP) after three yearsof implementation in the School of Engineering at Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, PuertoRico. The SFIP is a five-year, externally funded, faculty development program that began in thesummer of 2012 and runs until the summer of 2016. The intention of the program is to diffusethe use of innovative and effective teaching practices in a manner that will promote lastingchange in the entire engineering and physics faculty of Universidad del Turabo. The SFIP takesplace during the month of June and provides a stipend to participants. It is divided into anintensive one-week training workshop that is followed by a three-week immersion where eachfaculty member transforms two courses. An expected transformation is the selection andadaptation of real-world examples that are presented at the beginning of class to establish theneed for learning the course material (inductive approach). The problems are subsequentlysolved using the principles and theory taught in class. When possible, real-world examples thatcan be brought into class are preferred since they intensify student engagement and interactions.The paper starts by presenting a short summary of the SFIP. It then goes into a discussion of thestatus of the SFIP including data from the program as well as results from faculty and studentsurveys. The data is presented in the context of how well the SFIP program is achievingsystematic diffusion of innovative teaching practices at the university.

Morales, J. C., & Prince, M. J. (2015, June), Third-Year Status of a Summer Faculty Immersion Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24920

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