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2020 Annual Conference
The ASEE 2020 Annual Conference is now a Virtual Conference.
Engineering and Computer Science are fields that have struggled to diversify in terms of race and gender. Typical approaches to addressing this problem have not been successful, suggesting more innovative approaches are needed. As part of the University of San Diego (USD)’s NSF ADVANCE grant, AFFIRM (Advancement of Female Faculty: Institutional climate, Recruitment and Mentoring), we are exploring using “Interactive Theatre” as an innovative methodology used to engage faculty in difficult dialogues and sensitive subjects. In this interactive presentation, we will highlight key structural problems in engineering education. This session will explore structures of inequity in engineering culture, illuminate and debunk common myths, and offer strategies to avoid these biases. The focus will be on the undergraduate student experience. Short skits will be presented and then the audience will identify the inequities or microagressions and explore creative solutions to address them and change the culture of engineering education.
Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego (USD), San Diego, CA USA. She received a B. S. in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Author of the book The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering and over 130 publications, her teaching and research interests include electronics, optoelectronic materials and devices, service-learning, feminist pedagogy, lifelong learning, and engineering student persistence. Dr. Lord’s industrial experience includes AT&T Bell Laboratories, General Motors Laboratories, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and SPAWAR Systems Center. In Spring 2012, Dr. Lord taught and did research at Southeast University in Nanjing China.
Dr. Lord’s research in engineering education has been supported by several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. These projects span a range of topics, from engineering student persistence to helping military veterans transition to engineering programs to optoelectronics experiments for first-year students. Since entering college, Dr. Lord has been committed to increasing diversity in engineering particularly supporting women and underrepresented minorities. Dr. Lord and her collaborators have been recognized for their longitudinal studies of engineering students with best paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education and the IEEE Transactions in Education. Dr. Lord is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education and a member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE).
Dr. Lord has been active in the engineering education community since 1993. She is a Fellow of ASEE, senior member of the IEEE and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of Tau Beta Pi. In addition to regularly presenting papers at the Frontiers in Education (FIE), EDUCON, and ASEE Conferences, she has held several leadership positions including FIE Steering Committee Member, General Co-Chair of FIE 2006, FIE 2005 Program Co-Chair, and elected member of administrative boards of the IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) and ASEE Education and Research Methods (ERM) Division. She served as the President of EdSoc for 2009 and 2010. Dr. Lord received the 2012 IEEE Education Society Edwin C. Jones Meritorious Service Award, the 2011 IEEE Education Society Distinguished Member Award and the 2011 Schmitz Award for outstanding service to the Frontiers in Education Conference.
Michelle Madsen Camacho is Full Professor and Chair in the Sociology Department at the University of San Diego. Her PhD is from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a Fellow of the American Council of Education. Her current work is funded by the National Science Foundation to examine inequities in higher education, specifically as they relate to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her co-authored books include The Borderlands of Education, Mentoring Faculty of Color, and Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color. She is a Vice President-elect of the Pacific Sociological Association, and an appointed consultant to the American Sociological Association’s Departmental Resources Group. In 2015 she served as a faculty member on the Semester at Sea voyage around the world, operated by the University of Virginia, which included field programs in Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, India, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia.