FPD Notes for October 2019

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


  1. 160 Abstracts Received for ASEE 2020!
  2. First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference: Call for 2024 & 2025 Hosts
  3. Position Announcement: Joint Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
  4. Position Announcement: Collegiate Faculty position in the Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  5. Position Announcement: Director of First-Year Engineering, University of Delaware College of Engineering
  6. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

  1. 160 Abstracts Received for ASEE 2020!

Our program for the 2020 ASEE annual conference will be full of high quality presentations, with 30% more abstracts submitted relative to last year, and 60% more than the 10 year average. As you make conference travel plans, be aware that we expect to have FPD technical sessions with exciting content on both Sunday and Wednesday. Many thanks to all who volunteered to review – your generosity allowed for each abstract to receive 3 reviews.

  1. First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference: Call for 2024 & 2025 Hosts

The steering committee for the First-Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference is requesting proposals to host future FYEE conferences. The FYEE Conference is sponsored by the First-Year Programs Division (FPD) of ASEE. It is a specialty conference intended to enable attendees to network with colleagues on matters associated with an engineering student’s first-year experience in higher education. We are presently recruiting hosts for the 2024 and 2025 conferences. The deadline for the receipt of proposals is 5:00 pm Eastern DST, May 31st, 2020. Information on the expectations of conference hosts and preparing a proposal can be found on the FYEE website – https://sites.asee.org/fyee/.

As indicated in the document describing the proposal process, the general chair of a conference will ultimately be required to propose a cost neutral or revenue generating budget. Therefore, the general chair will be expected to find appropriate university and corporate sponsorship for any conferences expenses not covered by registration and exhibitor fees or sponsorships.

Questions regarding hosting the conference can be addressed to any member of the FYEE Steering Committee. Several members have experience hosting previous FYEE conferences.

We encourage you to visit the FYEE website to learn more about the recently-concluded 2019 conference, hosted by Penn State University (https://sites.asee.org/fyee2019/), and the upcoming 2020 conference hosted by Michigan State University (https://sites.asee.org/fyee2020/).

We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to share this announcement with others. Please forgive any duplicate emails you may have received if you have recently attended the conference.


The FYEE Steering Committee: Blake Hylton (j-hylton@onu.edu), Mara Knott (knott@vt.edu), Rich Whalen (r.whalen@northeastern.edu), Kris Craven (kcraven@tntech.edu), Sean Brophy (sbrophy@purdue.edu), Sheila Youngblood (syoungbl@cameron.edu)

  1. Position Announcement: Joint Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

The Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program (CGCHP) in the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a joint Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor to contribute to our honors program, honors courses, a growing effort in Engineering Education research, and an Engineering Education graduate certificate. These efforts continue the legacy of our innovative Jerry E. Stoneking engage™ Program and will be aided by the opening of a new, state-of-the-art engineering building in 2021. This position is a full-time, non-tenure-track, 9-month appointment. The University of Tennessee supports career paths in both the lecturer (lecturer, senior lecturer, distinguished lecturer) and research professor (assistant, associate, full) tracks. The responsibilities of this position will include a combination of teaching, research, and administration. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an engineering (or related) discipline while a Ph.D. in engineering or STEM education is strongly preferred. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills, a solid commitment to progressive teaching methods, and show promise of developing a successful educational research program within the College. Evidence of college-level teaching and educational research is expected.

Full consideration will be given to applications received before Nov 1. Applications should include: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, (4) a research statement, (5) the names and contact information for three professional references. Details on how to prepare and submit all materials can be found by following the link below. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Kevin Kit, Chair of the Search Committee, voice: 865.974.9874; email: kkit@utk.edu. A more detailed description of the position and links to the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program and Engineering Education Certificate Program can be found at https://honors.tickle.utk.edu/joint-lecturer-and-research-assistant-professor.

  1. Position Announcement: Collegiate Faculty position in the Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech

The Department of Engineering Education (ENGE) at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a full-time, academic year, non-tenure-track Collegiate Faculty position. Applications are invited from individuals dedicated to undergraduate teaching and student engagement. Candidates who have experience related to teaching and developing courses in engineering problem solving, design, and professionalism at the undergraduate level are sought. Experience with teaching the application of software tools (including, for example, CAD, computational programming, and/or data acquisition) is desirable, as well as experience teaching in a project-based learning environment.

This Collegiate Faculty position will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Collegiate Faculty members teach undergraduate courses, contribute to curriculum development and assessment of the undergraduate program, engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and serve as a valued contributor within the department on committees (e.g., committees focused on undergraduate programs, diversity and inclusion). Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in engineering education or a closely-related field, conferred by the start date (August 10, 2020).

Applications must be submitted online to http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/511522/collegiate-faculty. To apply, candidates should submit (1) curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter articulating interest in the position, (3) teaching statement that also identifies scholarship interests, and (4) list of at least 3 professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries about the position to the search chair, Dr. David Knight dbknight@vt.edu.

  1. Position Announcement: Director of First-Year Engineering, University of Delaware College of Engineering

The University of Delaware College of Engineering is seeking applications for Director of First-Year Engineering at the rank of Continuing Track (CT) Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. A level of effort of about 60% is assigned to the innovation and delivery of our college-wide Introduction to Engineering (EGGG101) course and 40% is assigned to teaching, service, and/or scholarship in a home department or departments. CT faculty enjoy contracts that increase in length over time, as well as many of the same benefits as tenure-track and tenured faculty, such as identical titles, a parallel promotion track, sabbaticals, and shared faculty governance. To apply, and for more information, please visit https://careers.udel.edu/cw/en-us/job/494517.

  1. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

Submissions for the next issue of FPD Notes can be sent to the FPD newsletter editor, Joshua Hertz, at: j.hertz@neu.edu. Please use the subject line “FPD Notes Submission”.