July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Community Engagement Division
Under ideal circumstances, engineering cultures in academia and industry bring out the best in people; e.g., faculty, students, and administrators in academia, and employees, clients, and public stakeholders in industry. Bringing out our best performances increases career satisfaction and productivity. Yet we also recognize that the engineering education and industry cultures we inhabit often fall (far) short of that ideal.
Many of us in engineering education are working towards the transformation and healing of the engineering profession and engineering education cultures – while individually striving to be more authentically ourselves. We recognize that our inner work is directly linked to our outer community. This panel represents the collective thinking of a group of engineering educators in different paths and stages in our careers. We come together to discuss how we--with your help--might move engineering education and the engineering profession in a more humanitarian, soul-fulfilling direction. We recognize the task in front of us is massive. Think of it as moving a pile of watermelons a few kilometers. The movement towards transformation requires all of us to stand up and take a share. However, we must also recognize our personal limitations – we cannot hold too many watermelons and expect to move forward. We need to come together and balance the load. This panel session will begin with panelists briefly describing how in their own journey they encountered barriers and/or opportunities to bringing their whole self to engineering education. The panel will then move into what we hope is a lively discussion among participants around the following queries:
-What are the barriers to bringing your whole self to your work? -What opportunities can help you bring your whole self to your work? -If you are able to bring your whole self to your work, what does that look like for you? -What principles of inclusion and healing might facilitate a cultural transformation in engineering education and the engineering profession? -What could be possible?
Bielefeldt, A. R., & Leydens, J. A., & Christy, A. D., & Lima, M., & Natarajarathinam, M., & Thompson, J. D. (2021, July), What Are Crucial Barriers and Opportunities to Bringing Our Whole Selves to Engineering Education? Moving Watermelons Together Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38039
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