I am responsible for teaching, research and curriculum development, with emphasis on engineering education and, more broadly, STEM education.
research interests are in theories of cognition, how these theories inform
the design of instruction, how we might best design instructional
technology within those frameworks, and how the research and development of
instructional technologies can inform our theories of cognition. I am
also interested in preparing future STEM faculty for teaching, incorporating instructional technology as part of instructional design, and STEM education improvement and
Some of my current research projects
- Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) Research Group
We are exploring multiple approaches to using linguistic analysis software for
extracting conceptual categories from student written responses and using that data to build
statistical models of students’ understanding and application of those concepts in biology, chemistry and statistics.
- EEES: Engaging Early Engineering Students to Expand Numbers of Degree Recipients
The focus of EEES is to improve retention and completion rates among engineering students. To do so, EEES will develop: (a) cross linkages between basic math/science courses and first year engineering courses, (b) a suite of diagnostics-driven intervention methods to help first and second year engineering students survive and thrive in their early years, (c) a core of upper division students who will act to supply "Supplemental Instruction" to lower division students for key technical courses, and (d) sound and long term faculty connections with first and second year students.
- CPACE: A Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs
CPACE is developing, implementing, and evaluating a process to create an academic/industry community as a lynchpin of curricular change. The specific project goal is to demonstrate the process in the context of meeting industrial needs for computational problem solving in engineering.
Teaching & Mentoring
- EGR 811: Foundations of Engineering Education (Fall, 2013)
- EGR 811: Foundations of Engineering Education (Fall, 2012)
- SME 865: Technology for Teachers (Summer, 2012)
- EGR 891: Special Topics in Foundations of Engineering Education (Fall, 2011)
- SME 865 Technology for Teachers (Summer, 2010)
- SME 865 Technology for Teachers (Summer, 2008)
- Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellowship program
- Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning (CRCSTL)
- Center for Engineering Education Research (CEER)
- Animal Welfare Assessment (ANS 805-730), honorable mention, 2006 SBC Awards for Instructional Technology, fully on-line course.
- SME 864 (Summer, 2006)
- NSC 864 (Summer, 2004)
I was part of a team that developed several introductory computer
science courses for non-computer science students. The most recent course
is Computing Concepts and Competencies, offered as
CSE 101 here at MSU.
- September, 2014: PI NSF PRIME award $267K
- August, 2014: Interim Director, CEER
- September, 2013: PI NSF TUES 3 award $5M
- June 2013: Invited talk, Gordon Research Conference -Chemistry Education Research and Practice
- June 2013: Invited talks, Edbank Workshop - ETH, Zurich