FPD Notes for Novemeber 2017

“Your Connection with the First-Year Programs Division of ASEE”


  1. FPD Call for Papers: Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference
  2. 2018 ASEE Annual Conference Draft Paper Submissions Reminder
  4. Michigan State First-Year Engineering Teaching Position
  5. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

  1. FPD Call for Papers: Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference

Dear Colleagues:

For the first time in its 15 year history, the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference will be held in the United States, at the Henry M, Rowan College of Engineering, Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) June 3-6, 2018. The Conference theme is “Creating the Holistic Engineer” and it is co-sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Our keynote speakers are Dr. Domenico Grasso, Provost of the University of Delaware and author of the book Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology (Springer 2010) and Dr. Stephanie Farrell, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University and President-Elect of the ASEE.

This exciting and prestigious event brings together some of the world’s leading experts in sustainability, engineering education, and environmental stewardship.  We are presently welcoming abstract submissions form a broad and diverse network of academic disciplines. To learn more about the conference and to submit your abstract, please visit  http://eesd2018.org/

Best regards,
Mariano J. Savelski, Ph.D.
EESD2018 Conference Coordinator
Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering
Rowan University

  1. 2018 ASEE Annual Conference Draft Paper Submissions

Kerry Meyers, our current program chair, would like to remind you that draft paper submissions are due on February 5th.  Be on the lookout for Abstract acceptance coming out soon! Please contact Kerry if you at kmeyers1@nd.edu if you have questions.


The 2018 Institute on Project-Based Learning (PBL), http://wp.wpi.edu/projectbasedlearning/2018-institute/ , will be held June 20-23, 2018, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Run by WPI in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the Institute draws on more than 40 years of experience integrating project-based initiatives into undergraduate education, with a particular emphasis on community-based problem-solving.

This 2.5-day intensive workshop brings together teams of five or more faculty and administrators from colleges and universities to gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate PBL into their own curricula. The Institute includes a mix of interactive workshops, consultation with experts, and collaborative teamwork.  Participants come to the Institute with a specific goal or project they would like to advance and leave with an enhanced understanding of PBL and a tailored plan to advance work on their own campuses as well as materials and examples.  See http://wpi.today/umbc-impact-16 to learn more about how the Institute assisted the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to advance initiatives on their campus.

Who Should Attend:  The Institute is designed for faculty and administrators from a wide variety of institutions, including public, private, STEM, liberal arts, community colleges, and research universities, who are interested advancing project-based learning in their curricula.

Application Guidelines:  Institute applicants are asked to propose a goal or a specific project they want to address.  Applications will be judged on the extent to which the team is likely to benefit from the Institute and advance its project-based learning initiatives. To learn more about the application process, visit http://wp.wpi.edu/projectbasedlearning/2018-institute/apply/

If you have questions, please visit http://wp.wpi.edu/projectbasedlearning/contact/

Richard Vaz
Director, Center for Project-Based Learning
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA  01609
+1 508 831-5344

  1. Michigan State First-Year Engineering Teaching Position

The College of Engineering at Michigan State University is seeking a candidate for a three-year, fixed-term teaching specialist position to support instruction in our first-year program, the CoRe Experience. Candidates are expected to have the capacity to teach introductory engineering design and computing. Significant laboratory and lecture course instruction are expected. Additional details about the MSU teaching specialist position may be found at https://www.hr.msu.edu/policies-procedures/faculty-academic-staff/academic-specialist-handbook/index.html

Minimum Requirements:  Qualified candidates will have a master’s degree in an engineering discipline with significant industrial or educational experience in engineering or a doctoral degree in engineering or engineering education with experience in engineering design and computation. A demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level is also expected.

Desired Qualifications:  Preference will be given to candidates who excel in engineering globalization, systems analysis and sustainable system management. A strong academic or industrial background in engineering design and computation. Experience with MATLAB or other structured programming.  Consideration will also be given to candidates whose experiences prepare them to contribute to MSU’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, CV, Statement on Teaching and Learning Philosophy

To apply, visit: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/498104/specialist-teacherfixed-term

  1. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

Submissions for the next issue of FPD Notes can be sent to the FPD Newsletter Editor, Rich Whalen, at: R.Whalen@northeastern.edu – please use the subject line “FPD Notes Submission”. FPD Notes are published at the end of each month.