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Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education

Nomination Open: 11/15/2021

Nomination Deadline: 03/04/2022

The Sharon Keillor Award recognizes and honors outstanding women engineering educators. The award consists of an honorarium of $2,000 and an appropriately inscribed plaque which is presented annually at the ASEE Annual Conference.

NOMINATION FORM

Eligibility: The award is to recognize and honor a woman engineering educator who has an outstanding record in teaching engineering students, impact in engineering education beyond their campus, and reasonable performance histories of research and service within an engineering school. Nominees will hold an earned doctoral degree in an engineering discipline, or in an engineering related field of natural science, including mathematics, and will have at least ten years of teaching experience in an engineering school. Nominees should have been members of ASEE for at least three years. Nominations and Selection: Nominations will be made following the general nomination instructions (see http://www.asee.org/member-resources/awards/guidelines/awards-nomination-guidelines). All nominations will be carried over for at least one year following the initial submission. Pertinent updated nomination information should be submitted by the nominator.

The nomination form can be found in the link below (note that only ASEE members can submit award nominations)

NOMINATION FORM

Nominations are automatically transferred over for the next award cycle. If not selected, nominations can be re-submitted after one award cycle.

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Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education

Nomination Open: 11/15/2021

Nomination Deadline: 03/04/2022

2021 winner:

Bevlee A. Watford is the associate dean of equity and engagement at Virginia Tech, where she received a B.S. in mining engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research. She joined the faculty in 1992 following an initial position as an assistant professor at Clemson University as an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and founding executive director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). In 1997, Watford became the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, earning her current rank of professor of engineering education in 2005 and serving as interim department head from 2010 to 2011. In 2019 she was named the founding associate dean for equity and engagement.

Watford’s research activities have focused on the recruitment and retention of students in engineering, with a particular emphasis on underrepresented students. She has secured more than $12 million in funding and support for CEED and other undergraduate initiatives, including freshmen peer mentoring, a summer bridge program for incoming freshman, and residential living-learning communities that house nearly 600 freshman engineering students. Watford was recognized with the 2008 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Founders Award for her service and efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession. CEED received the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award from ABET and the 2011 NSBE-ExxonMobil Impact award for implementing successful, research-based efforts to improve retention. In 2014 Watford was one of three finalists in the Global Engineering Deans Council Airbus Diversity Award, selected “for her wide-ranging programs aimed at building an inclusive and diverse engineering student body at Virginia Tech.” In 2019, the College of Engineering was recognized as a Bronze Exemplar institution in the ASEE Deans Diversity Recognition program, largely based on CEED’s activities. From 2005-2007, Watford was a National Science Foundation program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education, returning from 2013 to 2015 to serve as the program director for broadening participation in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers.

An active member of ASEE since 1986, Watford has served the organization in multiple capacities, including 2017-18 President, officer positions in both WIED and MIND, PIC IV chair, and chair of the Diversity Task Force that resulted in the creation of the ASEE Diversity Strategic Plan as well as the formation of the ASEE Diversity Committee. She also served as an associate editor of Advances in Engineering Education. She was elected an ASEE Fellow in 2010.

Watford, WEPAN’s 2004-5 president, also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA).

The Sharon Keillor Award recognizes and honors outstanding women engineering educators. The award consists of an honorarium of $2,000 and an appropriately inscribed plaque which is presented annually at the ASEE Annual Conference.

NOMINATION FORM

Eligibility: The award is to recognize and honor a woman engineering educator who has an outstanding record in teaching engineering students, impact in engineering education beyond their campus, and reasonable performance histories of research and service within an engineering school. Nominees will hold an earned doctoral degree in an engineering discipline, or in an engineering related field of natural science, including mathematics, and will have at least ten years of teaching experience in an engineering school. Nominees should have been members of ASEE for at least three years. Nominations and Selection: Nominations will be made following the general nomination instructions (see http://www.asee.org/member-resources/awards/guidelines/awards-nomination-guidelines). All nominations will be carried over for at least one year following the initial submission. Pertinent updated nomination information should be submitted by the nominator.

The nomination form can be found in the link below (note that only ASEE members can submit award nominations)

NOMINATION FORM

Nominations are automatically transferred over for the next award cycle. If not selected, nominations can be re-submitted after one award cycle.

Showing 1 - 10 of 20 results

Year Winner Name
2020 Sarah A. Rajala
2019 Jenna P. Carpenter
2018 Donna C. Llewellyn
2017 Not Presented
2016 Karen C. Davis
2015 Mia K. Markey
2014 Susan McCahan
2013 Teri Reed-Rhoads
2012 Mary Besterfield-Sacre
2011 Sheryl Sorby

Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education

2021 winner:

Bevlee Watford

Bevlee A. Watford is the associate dean of equity and engagement at Virginia Tech, where she received a B.S. in mining engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research. She joined the faculty in 1992 following an initial position as an assistant professor at Clemson University as an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and founding executive director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). In 1997, Watford became the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, earning her current rank of professor of engineering education in 2005 and serving as interim department head from 2010 to 2011. In 2019 she was named the founding associate dean for equity and engagement.

Watford’s research activities have focused on the recruitment and retention of students in engineering, with a particular emphasis on underrepresented students. She has secured more than $12 million in funding and support for CEED and other undergraduate initiatives, including freshmen peer mentoring, a summer bridge program for incoming freshman, and residential living-learning communities that house nearly 600 freshman engineering students. Watford was recognized with the 2008 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Founders Award for her service and efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession. CEED received the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award from ABET and the 2011 NSBE-ExxonMobil Impact award for implementing successful, research-based efforts to improve retention. In 2014 Watford was one of three finalists in the Global Engineering Deans Council Airbus Diversity Award, selected “for her wide-ranging programs aimed at building an inclusive and diverse engineering student body at Virginia Tech.” In 2019, the College of Engineering was recognized as a Bronze Exemplar institution in the ASEE Deans Diversity Recognition program, largely based on CEED’s activities. From 2005-2007, Watford was a National Science Foundation program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education, returning from 2013 to 2015 to serve as the program director for broadening participation in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers.

An active member of ASEE since 1986, Watford has served the organization in multiple capacities, including 2017-18 President, officer positions in both WIED and MIND, PIC IV chair, and chair of the Diversity Task Force that resulted in the creation of the ASEE Diversity Strategic Plan as well as the formation of the ASEE Diversity Committee. She also served as an associate editor of Advances in Engineering Education. She was elected an ASEE Fellow in 2010.

Watford, WEPAN’s 2004-5 president, also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA).

Past Winners

Showing 1 - 10 of 20 results
Year Winner Name
2020 Sarah A. Rajala
2019 Jenna P. Carpenter
2018 Donna C. Llewellyn
2017 Not Presented
2016 Karen C. Davis
2015 Mia K. Markey
2014 Susan McCahan
2013 Teri Reed-Rhoads
2012 Mary Besterfield-Sacre
2011 Sheryl Sorby