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Deans Forum: Successfully Navigating Your Role

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This Sunday forum provides an opportunity for relatively new and incoming Deans to engage with more experienced Deans and fellow new Deans.  We will share stories and advice in topic areas including: (1) Cultivating a Healthy Culture & Leading Through Organizational Change; (2) Navigating 360° Relationships; (3) Fundraising; and (4) Maintaining your own Healthy Work/Life Balance.  The session will be designed for robust engagement and opportunities for Q&A.  An optional follow-on mentoring and networking breakfast on Monday will allow additional opportunities to engage.

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Creating Systemic Change Together 

Increasing diversity in engineering requires a collective approach—one that involves collaboration, expertise sharing, and partnerships among K-12, universities, public/governmental sector, private/industry sector, and non-profits nationwide. While there is a shared goal to increase underrepresented populations in engineering and there are currently many ongoing diversity efforts, the efforts are often conducted at the individual organization and institution level or at limited scale. By coming together as a community, individual successes, capabilities, areas of expertise, and resources can be shared to develop holistic solutions and make a greater impact nationwide. This approach can further benefit society by enabling diversity efforts to expand from its focus on select underrepresented populations (e.g., women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, physically disabled, neurodiverse) to the needs of all diverse groups within our society. This presentation is a call to action describing current challenges and opportunities to address those challenges by participating in national programs capable of creating systemic change to increase diversity in engineering. Programs highlighted include the Engineering PLUS Alliance, a $10 million National Science Foundation INCLUDES fiveyear award led by Northeastern University with partner institutions, including the ASEE, as well as a university neurodiversity workforce initiative, a new collaboration among engineering schools at Northeastern University, Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, and University of Connecticut, as well as the College Autism Network 

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Session 1: The Impact of AI on Engineering Education 

In this session, we aim to explore the evolving landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Higher Education, specifically within engineering programs. This session offers an in-depth examination of the following critical areas: (1) Transforming the Learning Experience: how AI is going to revolutionize education through personalized learning pathways and intelligent tutoring systems; discuss innovative approaches to incorporating AI into the engineering curriculum. (2) Efficiency in Administration and Pedagogy: Discuss ways AI enhances administrative processes, including enrollment management and academic advising, fostering greater efficiency and productivity. The last part of this session will be devoted to an interactive discussion on future trends and opportunities in AI for engineering deans. The discussion points will include sharing experiences and insights from your engineering school regarding recent AI initiatives, challenges faced, and lessons learned, an open-ended discussion on how AI has impacted teaching, research, and administrative processes. The session will conclude with the “Survey Review”, and will present key findings from the survey, highlighting trends and current practices among engineering deans in integrating AI. This session will encourage participants to share additional insights or observations not captured in the survey. It will also discuss potential areas of growth, challenges to address, and innovations to anticipate. 

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Session 2: Navigating the AI Landscape - Bridging Academic Research and Industry Expectations 

In this session, we aim to explore the dynamic interplay between academic research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the evolving expectations of the industry. As AI continues to shape the landscape of engineering education, it is crucial to understand how our research endeavors align with the practical needs of industries. We'll delve into the specific skills and knowledge that industry leaders anticipate from graduates entering the workforce. We will be also navigating discuss the ethical implications of AI in Higher Education, focusing on responsible use to ensure a positive impact on the educational experience. Join us for an insightful discussion on harmonizing academic excellence with industry expectations in the AI era. 

Organizer: Nader Jalili, Southern Methodist University, Session Lead 

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Monday Lunch Sponsored by FAMU-FSU College of Engineering 

Sponsored Speaker: Dr. Suvranu De, Dean, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Session 3: Data is Power: Strengthening Partnerships with Institutional Research 

It is important for engineering deans to better understand which local structures influence performance, productivity, diversity and student attrition. To realize potential and improve operational efficiency, engineering leaders must leverage their Offices of Institutional Research (OIR) and explore factors/variables that are not so obvious. This session includes discussions of barriers, strategies, tactics, and resources for building collaborations with the office of institutional research and expanding data-driven decision making. 

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Session 4: Strengthening Pathways to Student Success 

Many of us are continuing to struggle with student retention in engineering programs. Students are demonstrating learning gaps both as entering students from the K-12 system and also as continuing students having difficulty retaining information from prerequisite courses. In this session we will share some examples of successful equityminded initiatives designed to support student retention and academic success. We will also explore new ideas with participants in the audience. In this session the speakers below will share 5 minute “vignettes,” followed by table discussion with the goal of each person determining an idea that they will take back and try at their institutions. 

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Session 5: Making the Most of Your Advisory Council 

Do you think you get the most out of your advisory council or board? In this interactive session, we will discuss different goals and structures of advisory councils, share and develop best practices for successful councils, and envision effective activities for its members. 

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Session 6: Building Transformational Partnerships in Research and Education 

Leading our engineering schools and colleges is becoming an increasingly complex enterprise with large-scale research collaborations, long-term industry partnerships, joint degree programs, global student recruitment, and international immersion experiences. It is important for engineering deans to better understand how to develop effective partnerships, improve collaboration, and create value for their institution. This session includes a discussion of selected examples, strategies, tactics, and resources for building and expanding these partnerships and collaborations. 

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Session 7: Engaging with National Policy and Politics 

This session is based on presentations and discussions from the 2024 Public Policy Colloquium held in February 2024. The primary focus of the colloquium will be on promoting engineering’s role in the new bioeconomy and the recent policies and regulations related to artificial intelligence. The session will include outcomes from the February 2024 ASEE Congressional visits, and corresponding potential future engagements and initiatives. 

Organizers: W. Samuel Easterling, Iowa 

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Session 8: Engaging with the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) 

Join this interactive session to have a dialogue with the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) about academic/ industry collaborations. The CMC serves as a bridge between the academia and industry to foster collaborations that drive innovation, educational excellence, and the development of engineering talent equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Learn more about the mission of the CMC, key initiatives and learnings, and ways you and your institution can partner with the CMC in the future. 

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Session 9: Achieving ADRP Silver Recognition: A Discussion with the 2023-2025 

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Organizers: Javier Kypuros, Dean, University of Texas at Tyler