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Training Engineering Faculty to be Educators: History, Motivations and a Comparison of US and International Systems

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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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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26.1596.1 - 26.1596.14



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Donald P. Visco Jr. University of Akron

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Donald P. Visco, Jr. is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at The University of Akron and Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

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Dirk Schaefer University of Bath

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Dr. Dirk Schaefer is an Associate Professor (SL) of Engineering Design in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath (UK). He has more than twenty years of experience in computer-aided design, engineering, and manufacturing, both in industry and academia. Through his research on product modeling, variant design, design-with-manufacture integration, standardized product data exchange, as well as digital and virtual engineering he has made numerous contributions to the advancement of cross-disciplinary integrated design of complex engineered systems. At the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) he started spearheading research on Cloud-based Design and Manufacturing, now an emerging high-impact area in which he and his team stand at the forefront. A passionate educator, Dr. Schaefer also conducts research on design education, personalized learning, distance learning, and professional faculty development.
His work has resulted in approximately 130 scholarly publications in journals, books, and conferences, 60 presentations at national and international events, and $4M in external funding for research, development and technology transfer. In addition, he has supervised approximately 60 research students on Ph.D., M.S, B.S., and other research and development projects.
Dr. Schaefer is a registered Professional Engineer in Europe (Eur Ing), a Chartered Engineering (CEng), a Chartered IT Professional (CITP), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK, as well as registered International Engineering Educator (Ing-Paed IGIP). From 2013 to 2014 he served as IGIP’s Founding President for the US region. Dr. Schaefer serves as a peer reviewer for approx. 30 international journals as well as national and international funding organizations and frequently organizes national and international conferences in his field.
Prior to joining the University of Bath (UK), he was an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech (USA) and a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Durham University (UK) where he earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He joined Durham from the University of Stuttgart (Germany), where he earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Training Engineering Faculty to be Educators: History, Motivations and a Comparison of US andInternational SystemsAuthors: Donald P. Visco, Jr. The University of Akron and Dirk Schaeffer, Georgia Institute ofTechnologyIn 1901, the President of The Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education (the pre-cursor to ASEE) proclaimed that the “time is right for [teachers] to prepare themselvesexpressly to teach in engineering colleges”. More than a century later, this call has gone(mostly) unheeded.In this paper and presentation, we will present the history and motivations behind the lack offormalized training for engineering faculty, as well as present what is being done around thecountry to train engineering faculty in pedagogy. Additionally, we will present examples of howengineering faculty are provided required training overseas during their pre-tenure period. Wewill compare a variety of models and modes of delivery. We will also present an update onwork towards a national model for US engineering faculty and how that might be accomplished.

Visco, D. P., & Schaefer, D. (2015, June), Training Engineering Faculty to be Educators: History, Motivations and a Comparison of US and International Systems Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24932

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