FPD Notes for September 2019

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


  1. Summer Wrap-Up
  2. FPD Website
  3. ASEE 2020: Call for Abstracts
  4. ASEE 2020: Call for Reviewers
  5. ASEE 2020: New Paper Format for FPD Papers
  6. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:  2020 Institute on Project-Based Learning
  7. Job Posting: Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor – Fundamentals of Engineering Program/Statler College
  8. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

  1. Summer Wrap-Up

This summer saw a very successful First-Year Programs Division program at the ASEE annual conference in Tampa, FL, with 76 papers presented, a well-attended social meeting, a business meeting that saw a new slate of officers elected, and plenty of opportunities for networking and reconnection. We also held our 11th annual First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) conference at Penn State. As you make plans for summer 2020, we hope you will join us at the ASEE annual conference in Montreal and our own FYEE conference at Michigan State University!

  1. FPD Website

Our division’s website has been refreshed and is maintained continually. For information about upcoming and past conferences, current division leadership, and other news, please turn to https://sites.asee.org/fpd/

  1. ASEE 2020: Call for Abstracts

The 2020 ASEE Annual Conference will be in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 20-24, 2020 and abstract submissions are open! We welcome your submission to the First-Year Programs Division Program by the abstract deadline of Monday, October 14. All abstracts must be submitted through ASEE’s online paper management system, details of which can be found here: https://www.asee.org/annual-conference/2020/paper-management/for-authors

 Note that our division uses an extended abstract (600-750 words) to allow for a more thorough review. We welcome papers and workshop proposals from a broad range of topics (detailed in the Call), all with an overarching theme first-year engineering students, including “freshmen” and transfer students.

  1. ASEE 2020: Call for Reviewers

If you are interested in serving the Division by acting as an abstract and/or paper reviewer, please fill out this form https://forms.gle/nqsW5QwE2J99darQ6 . Soon, you will be sent an invitation from ASEE to review abstracts where you will have a chance to accept or decline the invitation and indicate how many reviews you are willing to complete.

  1. ASEE 2020: New Paper Format for FPD Papers

      In an effort to provide some support for developing ASEE papers, FPD will be adopting a new paper format for the ASEE 2020 Conference. All authors will be required to submit their draft papers using this template. A link to the paper template can be found at the following link:


  1. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 2020 Institute on Project-Based Learning

The 2020 Institute on Project-Based Learning (PBL), https://wp.wpi.edu/projectbasedlearning/2020-institute/, will be held June 16-19, 2020, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Institute has been offered annually since 2015, and draws on 50 years of experience with project-based undergraduate engineering education.

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. Each team works with a dedicated faculty coach to develop a campus action plan. 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 – public and private, large and small, from community colleges to research universities – who are interested advancing project-based learning in their courses and programs.

Application Guidelines:  Institute applicants should propose a goal or a specific project they want to pursue. Applications are due February 14, 2020, and 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 https://wp.wpi.edu/projectbasedlearning/2020-institute/apply/application-form/ or contact cpbl@wpi.edu.

  1. Job Posting: Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor – Fundamentals of Engineering Program/Statler College

The West Virginia University, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Fundamentals of Engineering Program (FEP) is seeking applications for multiple Teaching Assistant/Associate Professors. These are nine-month, non-tenure track faculty rank positions that are eligible for promotion and merit raises, which involve a level of effort of about 80% assigned to teaching and 20% assigned to departmental service. The teaching function involves classroom teaching of 6-8 sections of Fundamental Engineering courses per academic year and includes advising students. The service element of the position involves serving on faculty committees, serving as a liaison to other WVU units, and participating in planned student-related retention, recruitment, and outreach activities. For more information, see the job posting: https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/faculty/jobdetail.ftl?job=12171&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

  1. 8. 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”.