Welcome to the Feminist Research in Engineering Education research group website!
The goal of the FREE research group is to do research, teaching and outreach that helps people (students, the public, engineering colleagues, and other engineering education researchers) develop a more inclusive, engaged, and socially just vision of engineering education. We do this with a belief in and commitment to the idea that engineering education can and should be a means to develop more engaged citizens.
The philosophy of the FREE research group is that we do what we can to say what needs to be said, that we hold our community in high esteem as we might with a religion, that wasting time, effort and energy is a form of disrespect of ourselves and of others, and that noticing daily details of ourselves and others helps honour each of us as human beings.
We’re hibernating a little at the moment – all the students have graduated and the post-docs have moved on, and Dr. Pawley is spending some time regrouping around new projects. We are not hiring anyone at the moment, but read up on our work and keep in touch with us through the modes below. Thanks for visiting!
Many current or former group members had a great time attending the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus OH at the end of June. Two FREE alumni gave papers:
Exploring Engineering Identity in a Common Introduction to Engineering Course to Improve Retention [view paper] Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Dr. Matthew Calhoun (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Characterizing Students’ Micro-Iterations Strategies through Data-Logged Design Actions [view paper]Dr. Corey T. Schimpf (The Concord Consortium) and Dr. Charles Xie (The Concord Consortium)
In addition, Alice got some time in front of the camera in preparation – the School of Engineering Education produced a short video about the work we do at Purdue, and it was broadcast across the conference and into every conference hotel room! Check it out for yourself. Alice’s part starts at 3:22 minutes in.
Alice just came back from a fantastic weekend at Ed Foo Camp, hosted by Google, O’Reilly Media, McMillan Publishing, Sesame Workshop, and Scientific American, in San Jose CA. She got to give a 5-min lightning talk too, and the text of that is here. It was unbelievable to see all the inspiring work that educators, entrepreneurs, programmers, media folks, and so on, shared with each other. It was an honour to attend.
Lindsey Nelson has taken the awesome step of starting a new business called Opportunity Unlocked, which is an online resource that provides a weekly magazine (Everyday Curiosity), and short courses for kids (2-7 and 8-14) to explore inventing, engineering, and physics. Lindsey graduated from our program with an M.S in engineering education in fall 2014. Congratulations, Lindsey!
I am so pleased to share that Canek Phillips has successfully defended and deposited his dissertation! His work is titled, “Race, class and gender in engineering education: A quantitative investigation of First Year enrollment.” Thank you to his committee, Drs. Brent Jesiek, Stephanie Zywicki (Curriculum & Instruction), and Kevin Stainback (Sociology)) and his co-chair Dr. Matt Ohland. Congratulations, Dr. Phillips!
I am so pleased to share that both Corey and Michele have successfully defended their dissertations this summer.
Dr. Corey Schimpf’s dissertation is titled, “Exploring the Scaffolding Early Engineers’ Design Learning with a Videogame: Influence of Minecraft as a Platform for Design Ideation.” Corey is on the lookout for jobs in industry particularly related to game-based learning. Thank you to his committee: Drs. Alejandra Magana (Computer and Information Technology and ENE courtesy), Monica Cardella, Brent Jesiek, and Brian Castellani (Kent State)!
Dr. Michele Yatchemeneff’s dissertation is titled: “A Qualitative Study of Motivation in Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Precollege Students.” Michele is starting as a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall. She will be one of the first 2 Alaska Native faculty members in the college, and the other is a colleague also starting this fall. She will join only 4 other Alaska Native faculty members in the university as a whole, to make 6 total. Thanks to her committee: Drs. Allison Godwin, Monica Cardella, and Linda Lazzell (Vice Chancellor Emerita for Student Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage).
I got to take a quick trip to Alaska to see Michele present at the annual celebration and banquet of ANSEP, the Alaska Natives in Science and Engineering Program. This is ANSEP’s 20th anniversary, too! Michele did a fantastic job presenting to all 1200+ folks, and gave me a great tour of her neck of the state. Thanks, Michele!
Marisol has successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Culturally Responsive Engineering Education: A Case Study of a Pre-College Introductory Engineering Course at Tibetan Children’s Village School of Selakui.” Congratulations Dr. Santiago! We are so proud of you!
Our post-doc Kacey had an article accepted by the prestigious Social Studies of Science. The article is titled Methodology Discourses as Boundary Work in the Construction
of Engineering Education and will will be published in SSS in 2014. Congrats Kacey!
Congratulations to Corey for leading our recent publication, “STEM Faculty and Parental Leave: Understanding an Institution’s Policy within a National Policy Context through Structuration Theory” in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. Marisol started this paper back in 2010, and Dina, Jordana and I are coauthors. Congrats Corey, and everyone! You can check it out here