Dear PCEE Division Members,

Two news tidbits in this issue that may be of interest:

  • Did you know that the Global Day of the Engineer is April 5th? Head to DiscoverE.org/our-programs/global-day/landing for more information. You can even take a “Global Day Pledge.”
  • National Assessment Governing Board is starting new STEM insights campaign that uses data from The Nation’s Report Card—or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—to show how factors inside and outside of school can impact the achievement of black 8th-grade girls in some key subjects. Using recent NAEP results for science, technology and engineering literacy, and mathematics (STEM) — and inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” — the board has developed a special website with a dynamic video and infographics as a vehicle to reveal the opportunities and interests of young black women in these disciplines.

See other announcements after my signature. One is new (and of special interest to folks near Hampton, VA), and the others are repeats from other newsletters.

 

Finally, your PCEE executive board is working on special spending initiatives to support members and teachers in alignment with our vision, mission, and core beliefs. One of those is an opportunity we’ve been posting to get $1000 towards your travel to Columbus (see below). Look for a special announcement next week about an opportunity for teachers and late-in-program pre-service teachers to receive travel and registration reimbursement for the PreK-12 Teacher Workshop in Columbus!

 

Pam

P.S. I have shown great restraint in that I have made no reference to the fact that it’s April Fools Day. No kidding.

 

Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Ph.D.

Chair, Pre-College Engineering Education Division

American Society for Engineering Education

 

Associate Professor of Science Education

Director, Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership (PreK-6) Post-Baccalaureate Program

Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences

Towson University

 

 

 

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

$1000 TOWARDS CONFERENCE TRAVEL! Read on …

 

#PCEEChallenge. Do you want to go to the ASEE conference this June in Columbus, OH practically for free? If so, enter the Inclusive Engineering Media Challenge! The ASEE Pre College Division is excited to celebrate the efforts of those promoting inclusion and diversity in precollege engineering. We invite you to share with the world how you engage diverse students in inclusive engineering, and compete to win up to $1000 of travel reimbursement to attend the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference in Columbus, OH. The point of the contest is to show people over social media best practices and strategies that demonstrate inclusion, educational equity, and diversity in teaching engineering. #PCEEChallenge. Find out more information and how to enter using this link.

 

POSITIONS / JOBS:

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY’S INSPIRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN K-2 INTEGRATED STEM+ COMPUTATIONAL THINKING (re-posted x2) The INSPIRE Reasearch Institute for Pre-College Engineering in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University is seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher position. The Postdoctoral Researcher would work with INSPIRE faculty, staff, and students on a project focused on integrating STEM+Computational Thinking+ Literacy for K-2nd grade students in both school and out-of-school settings. More information about the “Integrated STEM and Computing Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for K-2” project can be found on INSPIRE’s website: https://engineering.purdue.edu/INSPIRE/Research . To apply, candidates should send: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vita, and 3) a list of three references to Monica Cardella, Director of INSPIRE: cardella@purdue.edu.  Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations.  The start date for the position is flexible, but review of applications will begin on April 3, 2017. Please contact Dr. Cardella with any questions.

 

Assistant Director of the Learning Assistant Program in Miami, Florida (re-posted x2). The STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University (FIU) is seeking applications for an Assistant Director of the Learning Assistant (LA) Program. The Learning Assistant (LA) Program is a highly innovative program that fosters implementation of evidence-based classroom practices, engages faculty in course transformation, develops undergraduate students to become facilitators of learning in the classroom and studies the impact of transformations.

The Assistant Director (AD) will be involved in all aspects of the LA Program, working closely with the program leaders, undergraduate students, faculty and university administrators. Primary responsibilities include facilitating adoption of the LA model with new faculty and emergent disciplines, including working with faculty and departments to redesign courses to enable best practices in LA-supported courses. Other responsibilities include coordination with other faculty development initiatives and FIU’s administration and possibly management of staff. Opportunities for teaching/advising/research may exist. This is a full time, 12-month position, starting as soon as the position filled. Position requires limited travel, primarily to disseminate outcomes of the program. Required background includes:

  • An earned master or doctorate in science, mathematics, engineering or science/mathematics/engineering education;
  • Minimum 3-years academic experience in teaching and/or in directing academic support experiences;  Very strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of recent advances in science, mathematics and/or engineering teaching and learning and/or discipline-based education research (DBER);
  • Experience in supporting course transformation and faculty development;
  • Teaching, advising, and/or administration in higher education;
  • Experience working in collaborative environments.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of three references (with contact information) in a single pdf file and send it to stem@fiu.edu. Note that at least three references may be contacted upon review as determined by the search committee. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by March 20th, 2017. Applications will be reviewed continually until position is filled. For more information and inquiries email stem@fiu.edu.

 

CONFERENCES:

 

Hampton, VA Area STEM Symposium – Time Out 4U (new!)  If you are in the Hampton, VA, area, this may be of interest to you: 3d annual STEM Symposium, Sat. April 22, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center, 300 Butler Farm Road in Hampton, VA 10 am – 2 pm. Special invite to “professional engieners of ASEE” They’re looking for an ASEE engineer to co-facilitate a 90-minute STEM electronic activity with a certified teacher to engage students and parents. Please contact Time Out 4U at 757-218-4393 or via email timeout4uinc@gmail.com for more details and/or to confirm your availability.

 

STEM Think Tank and Conference (re-posted x2) Are you interested in the best practices for girls in engineering and STEM in general?  Join us at the 6th annual STEM Think Tank and Conference sponsored by the Center for STEM Education for Girls.  Our dates are July 12-14 at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN.  Earlybird registration is open through May 31 and is $265.  For more information contact our division’s immediate past chair, Dr. Stacy Klein-Gardner, at stem@harpethhall.org or visit the website at http://stemefg.org/index.php/think-tank-and-conference/.

 

9th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference (re-posted x2) hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Engineering Fundamentals Department. August 6 – August 8, 2017. Over 200 academic and industry representatives are expected at this meeting to discuss and share relevant topics on the first year engineering experience. Participants include college deans, department chairs, student service professionals, advisors, faculty in engineering and engineering technology, K-12 teachers, and industry leaders from throughout the country.

Proposal submissions will include:

  • workshops (3 pages)
  • full papers (6 pages)
  • work-in-progress papers (3 pages)

Full workshop proposals and paper abstracts will be due on April 11, 2017. Draft papers will be due on May 23, 2017. Check FYEE.org for up to date information about proposal submissions and registration.Matthew Verleger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, General Chair & Timothy Hinds, Michigan State University, Program Chair

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

 

IJEMST Special Issue on Engineering Education (re-posted x2). The International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST) is interested in publishing a special issue with a focus on Engineering Education. We are looking for colleagues globally who are interested in contributing articles related to trends, research, and pedagogy in Engineering Education, to be published in the one of the 2018 issues of IJEMST. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research papers, position statements, literature reviews, theoretical works, and works in curriculum and learning environments will be considered. In addition, manuscripts addressing any levels of education and learners are invited. For details, please see the call for abstracts  at http://ijemst.com/special.html

Dr. Şenay Purzer, Guest Editor, Purdue University (purzer@purdue.edu) Dr. Mack Shelley, Guest Editor, Iowa State University (mshelley@iastate.edu)

 

NEWS FOR TEACHERS:

 

Graduate Program for K12 Teachers (re-posted x2): The Teacher Engineering Education Program is flexible, affordable, and designed to fit a busy teacher’s lifestyle. All four courses are online, offer 16 total hours of graduate credit, and have a low student-to-instructor ratio. Also, all materials necessary to complete the coursework are shipped to participants, including (but not limited to) robotics projects and hands-on resources from LEGO Education. Course content is differentiated for those just getting started and those who have already used engineering in their classrooms. For roughly $1,000 per course, K12 teachers can gain new knowledge, new resources, and a new approach to teaching and learning. Learn more at http://teep.tufts.edu. Questions to Merredith Portsmore (mportsmo@tufts.edu) orteep@tufts.edu.

 

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