Free ticketed event
This workshop will be structured into two parts (see detailed session plan below). The first part will last approximately 80 minutes and focus on an interactive session presenting and reflecting in small groups on research-based practices from a collaborative inquiry retreat held with current and former engineering education CAREER awardees and from surveys sent to early career faculty in engineering education across the U.S. in March 2019. The topics will center around three areas: What makes a good CAREER proposal; tips and advice that prior awardees wished they had received when writing CAREER proposals; and resources for applicants. The learning goal for this part of the workshop is for early-career faculty to understand what is required for an NSF CAREER proposal and what elements are important for successful projects. The knowledge conveyed in this part of the session moves beyond what is contained in the Request for Proposals or Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide on the NSF website. Broad sharing of this information will begin to create more equitable and widespread support for this award in engineering education.
The second part of the workshop (approximately 80 minutes) will be an open work time and mentoring session for early career faculty to develop a one-page summary of their project idea to facilitate a discussion with the EEC Program Officer, Ed Berger, who will be present at the workshop for feedback. As a part of the project, a group of Lead Mentors have been identified. These Lead Mentors have been awarded NSF CAREER grants and are associate or full professors in engineering education fields. The Lead Mentors will facilitate mentoring circles to answer questions and provide individual feedback during the second half of the workshop. The learning goal for this portion of the session is to create a network of early career and more senior faculty in engineering education and to provide opportunities for targeted and specific feedback on ideas.
Detailed Session Plan
Introductions and description of NSF
What makes a good CAREER proposal
Tips and advice that prior awardees wished they had received
Resources for applicants
Discussion and questions
Individual work time on one-page summary
Lead Mentor mentoring circles and Program Officer feedback
Wrap up and feedback for facilitators
The facilitators of this workshop, Jennifer Karlin and Allison Godwin, have the needed expertise to successfully accomplish the stated goals.
Jennifer Karlin is a Professor of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the Bell Engineering program and the managing partner of Kaizen Consulting. She has a significant record of accomplishment in researching and implementing institutional and social change. A recipient of an NSF CAREER award, she studies engineering education as interconnected organizations and the leverage points for using organizational culture and infrastructure for improved learner development, faculty development, and economic development. Karlin has built infrastructure connecting “lone wolves” and networked researchers through projects such as the dissemination of the NetWorkshop Project and as coorganizer of the NSF-funded workshop “Building Capacity for Future Engineering Education Research and Scholarship” with Alan Cheville. Both facilitators have experience in running successful ASEE workshops in prior years.
Allison Godwin is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education and Chemical Engineering (by courtesy) at Purdue University. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2016 and has strong connections with the current pool of early career faculty applying for CAREER awards. She has recently taken over the organization and facilitation responsibilities of the PEER network event held each summer after ASEE to support tenure-track and early career faculty in engineering education. She is also an elected Director in ASEE ERM division. From these positions of leadership and core network position, she is ideally situated to develop infrastructure for other early career faculty.