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Training for Student Teaching Fellows at Rowan University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Preparing Future Educators

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Graduate Studies

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24.1271.1 - 24.1271.11



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Linda M. Head Rowan University

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Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Melanie Basantis Rowan University

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Ms. Melanie Basantis (Director, Engineering Outreach Office) earned her MBA from Widener University and dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Basantis spent 15 years in industry at the Boeing Company working as an Engineer on projects related to defense aircraft including the V-22 Osprey and CH-46 and CH-47 tandem rotor helicopters along with being a Composite Manger on the 757 and 767 commercial aircraft programs. Ms. Basantis has experience in the development and implementation of new and innovative technologies in the manufacturing processes associated with revolutionary, new assembly methods and concepts for aircraft application. She is experienced in the utilization of lean manufacturing, total quality management, and ISO concepts and specifications in the implementation of these processes. As Engineering Outreach Director, Ms. Basantis collaborates with industry on initiatives that include, but not limited to professionalism, internship experience, job placement, student development and enrichment, as well as concentrated faculty research. Ms. Basantis provides leadership to The College of Engineering’s STEM initiatives and has done so for the past 10 years. Middle and High school camps and field experiences are held under her guidance and expertise.

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Steven H. Chin Rowan University


Bernard Pietrucha Rowan University

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Bernard M. Pietrucha

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Rowan University

Education: B.S., Electrical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering (NJIT); M.S., Electrical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering (NJIT); Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University

Dr. Pietrucha has taught undergraduate courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Freshman and Sophomore Clinic in addition to cross-disciplinary courses with Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University. Prior to joining Rowan in 2001, he was an Adjunct Professor of electrical Engineering at Newark College of Engineering (NJIT) for 16 years. Dr. Pietrucha’s industrial experience includes employment at AT&T, Bell Labs, and Lucent Technologies, where he worked in communications satellites, semiconductor device development and qualification, and cellular telephone base station development and manufacturing. He also worked for the RCA Solid State Division as a semiconductor product engineer. He served as the General Chair of the 2004 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium and is a former editor for reliability for the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing.

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Training for Student Teaching Fellows at Rowan University M. Basantis, B. Pietrucha, S. Chin, L. Head Rowan University, College of Engineering 201 Mullica Hill Rd. Glassboro, NJ 08028 Basantis@rowan.eduRowan University has recently been awarded State of New Jersey Research Institution status. With thisnew designation there is an increasing emphasis on graduate education and on recruiting talentedgraduate students from both our undergraduate programs and from other schools in our region. Inorder to promote recruitment and enhance retention, the university has developed a Teaching FellowsProgram that provides our graduate students with funding for four semesters as they work toward aMaster’s Degree in their chosen major.In the College of Engineering each of our four departments was assigned funding for three TeachingFellows. The Fellows not only take classes, work on their thesis research and assist with undergraduatelaboratories, they also have the opportunity to gain direct classroom experience as instructor of recordfor a freshman or sophomore course. With these opportunities in mind, the College of EngineeringDean’s Office and the four department Chairpersons formed a committee to develop a summer trainingprogram that prepares the Teaching Fellows for the classroom experience.The Rowan program has four stages: 1) Orientation, 2) Instruction, 3) Classroom Immersion, and 4)Individual Practice. In this paper each stage is described in detail. After a day of introductions andwelcome to the program by administrators and mentors, instruction in classroom and laboratorytechniques was provided by master teachers from the Rowan engineering program. Next, six weeks ofsummer programs for local middle school and high school students provided the context for an intenseclassroom experience for the Rowan Teaching Fellows. All Fellows prepared lectures and projects thatthey presented to the middle and high school students in our summer outreach programs. Theseprograms ranged from a day with middle school students to a week-long program for high school juniorsand seniors with interest and background in engineering. Following their classroom experience, eachFellow was given their teaching assignment for the fall semester and had the opportunity to prepare andreceive feedback on an actual lecture or lab assignment. This intensive training program with its noveluse of classroom experience in summer programs has provided the Rowan Teaching Fellows theconfidence and skills to succeed in completing their Fellowship requirements. A full description of theprogram and assessment data and analysis is presented.

Head, L. M., & Basantis, M., & Chin, S. H., & Pietrucha, B. (2014, June), Training for Student Teaching Fellows at Rowan University Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23204

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