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Two Body Solutions: Strategies for the Dual-Career Job Search

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

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Two Body Solutions: Strategies for the Dual-Career Job Search

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Women in Engineering, New Engineering Educators, and Student

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

26.1610.1 - 26.1610.14

DOI

10.18260/p.24946

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https://peer.asee.org/24946

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124

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Shannon Ciston University of California, Berkeley

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Shannon Ciston is a Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ciston holds degrees in chemical engineering from Northwestern University (Ph.D.) and Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S.). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communications and applied pedagogy, and conducts engineering education research.

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Katy Luchini-Colbry Michigan State University

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Katy Luchini-Colbry is the Director of Graduate Initiatives at the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, where she completed degrees in political theory and computer science. A recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, she earned a Ph.D. and M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. She has published more than two dozen peer-reviewed works related to her interests in educational technology and enhancing undergraduate education through hands-on learning. As a volunteer for Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, Luchini-Colbry facilitates interactive seminars on interpersonal communications and problem solving skills for engineering students across the U.S.

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Christopher M Weyant Drexel University

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Dr. Weyant has been an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University since 2011. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He earned his doctorate from Northwestern University, master's from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his experience in academia, Dr. Weyant has worked at Honeywell Aerospace, Capstone Turbine Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories.

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Robert L. Nagel James Madison University

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Dr. Robert Nagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Nagel joined the university after completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. He has a B.S. from Trine University and a M.S. from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, both in mechanical engineering. Since joining James Madison University, Nagel has helped to develop and teach the six course engineering design sequence which represents the spine of the curriculum for the Department of Engineering. The research and teaching interests of Dr. Nagel tend to revolve around engineering design and engineering design education, and in particular, the design conceptualization phase of the design process. He has performed research with the US Army Chemical Corps, General Motors Research and Development Center, and the US Air Force Academy, and he has received grants from the NSF, the EPA, and General Motors Corporation.

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Jacquelyn Kay Nagel James Madison University

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Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. She has eight years of diversified engineering design experience, both in academia and industry, and has experienced engineering design in a range of contexts, including product design, bio-inspired design, electrical and control system design, manufacturing system design, and design for the factory floor. Dr. Nagel earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and her M.S. and B.S. in manufacturing engineering and electrical engineering, respectively, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Nagel’s long-term goal is to drive engineering innovation by applying her multidisciplinary engineering expertise to instrumentation and manufacturing challenges.

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Amber L. Genau University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Dr. Amber Genau is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Iowa State University and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, all in materials engineering. Before coming to UAB, Dr. Genau spent two years as a guest scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany, working on metal solidification and exploring Europe. Over the 11 years of their marriage, she and her husband have lived, separately or together, in seven different apartments and five different cities. They are pleased to finally be settled in a house and in a city where they are both gainfully employed.

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Kristina M. Wagstrom University of Connecticut

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Dr. Kristina Wagstrom is the Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor for Environmental Engineering Education in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. She specializes in applying chemical engineering principles to develop tools to better understand atmospheric chemistry and air pollution.

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Daina Briedis Michigan State University

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Daina Briedis is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University and Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Program Assessment in the College of Engineering. Dr. Briedis is involved in several areas of education research including student retention, curriculum redesign, and the use of technology in the classroom. She is a co-PI on two NSF grants in the areas of integration of computation in engineering curricula and in developing comprehensive strategies to retain early engineering students. She is active nationally and internationally in engineering accreditation and is a Fellow of ABET and of the AIChE.

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Abstract

Two Body Solutions: Strategies for the Dual-Career Job SearchThis paper and panel discussion focus on the dual-career job search with an eye towarditeratively finding the right fit as a job-seeking couple in engineering education. Strategies andresources are outlined for couples with one or more members in academia he experiences ofseveral faculty members who have succeeded at the challenge of fulfilling their commitments totheir partners while realizing their aspirations of teaching engineering at the college or universitylevel are presented.The paper elaborates strategies that dual-career couples can employ in their search including:Focusing the geographic search regionExploring options beyond the tenure-trackEngaging university dual-career policiesBeing flexibleProspecting via targeted emailPresenting the couple as a package dealThe authors also compile resources for dual-career couples, including the Higher EducationRecruitment Consortium and automated dual job-search engines through HigherEdJobs.For the panel discussion, several of the authors will briefly describe their job seeking process anda strategy that they employed. The session will then open for a question and answer session, andconclude with small group discussions with panelists and other faculty members experienced inthe dual-career search teamed with current and future job seekers to develop ideas and strategies.

Ciston, S., & Luchini-Colbry, K., & Weyant, C. M., & Nagel, R. L., & Nagel, J. K., & Genau, A. L., & Wagstrom, K. M., & Briedis, D. (2015, June), Two Body Solutions: Strategies for the Dual-Career Job Search Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24946

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