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Higher education invests considerable effort in program, curriculum, and educational reforms. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other funding agencies that support reforms naturally expect resulting successes to be disseminated and sustained, but sustaining these reforms can be difficult. How can we know whether a potential change is sustainable or what impedes the sustainability of a current change? How do we assess how, or even if, to make a change last?
Based on systemic study of their current and previous work on educational reform and the literature, the panelists will present a process and framework that assesses the sustainability of any program, curricular, or pedagogical change to help educators, researchers, and funding agencies strategically determine whether to continue with or embark on a change. They have shared a proposed framework with attendees at the 2022 NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Conference, 2022 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, and by invitation at the 2022 NSF RED grantees monthly meeting. Attendees provided feedback to improve its clarity and comprehensiveness, and the resulting process and framework will be shared with ASEE workshop attendees.
During the workshop, attendees will receive detailed examples of curricular and cultural changes as guides for assessing the sustainability of their own changes. They will participate in testing and further improving the sustainability process and framework to make it even more useful. Finally, attendees will discuss how funding agencies and institutions can support the continued changes they initially support.
Kathleen E. Cook received her degree in music and education (B.M.E.) from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY in 1988 and her doctorate in social and personality psychology (Ph.D.) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) with emphases in cognitive and educational psychology and a minor in quantitative methods in 2002. In 2002, she also started as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Seattle University (Seattle, WA) and now is Professor and former Chair. She publishes in such engineering journals as ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the International Journal of Engineering Education, and the Journal of Applied Engineering Science. Her research interests include self and identity, person perception, and educational approaches in psychology, nursing, and STEM/engineering. Dr. Cook is currently the Co- PI for the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments grant awarded to the Mechanical Engineering department at Seattle University. She is a member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Yen-Lin Han received her BS degree in Material Science and Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and her Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Seattle University. Her research interests include micro-scale molecular gas dynamics, micro fluidics, and heat transfer applications in MEMS and medical devices as well as autonomous vehicles and robotics. She also holds the patent for the continuous trace gas separator and several pending patents in autonomous vehicles and robotic testing apparatus. Dr. Han is the Co-PI for the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments grant awarded to the Mechanical Engineering department at Seattle University. She is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Jennifer Turns received degrees in systems engineering (B.S. and M.S.) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA in 1990 and her doctorate in industrial engineering (Ph.D.) from Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) in 1998. In 2000, she started as an Assistant Professor in Technical Communication at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). The department changed its name to Human Centered Design & Engineering in 2009, and she is now Professor and Associate Chair. She publishes in such journals as the Journal of Engineering Education and Design Studies. Her research interests include reflection in higher and engineering education, innovation in engineering education, design education, and research through design. Dr. Turns is currently the Co- PI for the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments grant awarded to the Mechanical Engineering department at Seattle University. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Teodora Rutar Shuman was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She received the Dipl.Ing. degree from Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1992, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, in 1994 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She joined the faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, USA, in 2000 and is now Professor and Department Chair. She is also an Affiliate Professor with the University of Washington. Her research includes NOx formation in lean-premixed combustion, electromechanical systems for sustainable processing of microalgae, and numerous topics in engineering education. Dr. Shuman is the PI for the NSF RED grant. Her work is published in venues including the IEEE Transactions on Education, Journal of Engineering Education, Combustion and Flame, Chemical Engineering Journal, and Bioresource Technology. She is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Algae Biomass Organization, and a past member of the Combustion Institute. She served as chair of the ASEE Energy Conversion and Conservation Division in the past.
Gregory S. Mason received the B.S.M.E. from Gonzaga University, the M.S.M.E. in manufacturing automation from Georgia Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, specializing in multi-rate digital controls, from the University of Washington. He worked in a robotics lab for the Department of Defense for five years after receiving his M.S.M.E. He is a retired Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seattle University,
Seattle, WA and a content developer at zyBooks. His research interests are controls system and the use of technology to enhance engineering education. Dr. Mason is the Co-Pi for the NSF RED grant. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education and a licensed professional engineer.