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Work In Progress: Initiating a graduate teaching fellow program to support undergraduates transferring into engineering and computing programs

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Marian Kennedy Clemson University

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Marian Kennedy is an Associate Professor within the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Clemson University. Her research group focused on the mechanical and tribological characterization of thin films. She also contributes to the engineering education community through studying the process/impacts of undergraduate research and navigational capital into graduate school.

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Christopher Kitchens Clemson University


Joseph Santaniello

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Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY Electrical Engineering B.E.E 1979
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E 1986


IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, NY Staff Engineer 1979-1994
Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg SC Program Director Engineering Technology 1994-Present

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Spencer Davenport Clemson University

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Kaitlynn Conway Clemson University


William Ferriell Clemson University

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W. Davis Ferriell is a doctoral student in Biomechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Davis graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. His discipline-specific research focuses on computational design methods. His engineering education-based research focuses on methods for increasing participation in engineering and the assessment of instructional approaches.

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The Student Pathways in Engineering and Computing for Transfers (SPECTRA) program is anticipated to provide a streamlined academic pathway for transfer students from 2-year programs within South Carolina into Clemson University, and deliver programming to aid their academic success and social integration. To achieve this, the faculty intended to solidify cohorts of students at two community/technical colleges (Spartanburg Community College and Trident Technical College) and then support that cohort as they transitioned together into Clemson University. This paper provides an overview of the larger SPECTRA program and a deeper dive into the role of the graduate teaching assistants (‘fellows’). Specifically, we will provide an overview of: (1) changes between initial program vision and adjustments from this vision during initial implementation, (2) recruitment processes and application requirements for the graduate teaching fellowship, (3) the framework for development of undergraduate research courses taught by fellows, (4) mentorship web for fellows on the research university campus and technical/community college locations, (5) the lessons learned from semi structured programmatic exit interviews of matriculated fellows, and (6) design for additional professional programming for scholars at the community/technical college locations by the fellows.

Kennedy, M., & Kitchens, C., & Santaniello, J., & Davenport, S., & Conway, K., & Ferriell, W. (2022, August), Work In Progress: Initiating a graduate teaching fellow program to support undergraduates transferring into engineering and computing programs Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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