2020 Annual Conference, Virtual June 22-26th

The annual conference is less than a week away! While I am saddened that I will miss seeing everyone’s faces in person, I am still certainly excited to see everyone in a virtual modality. This email serves as a brief notice of conference items, including:

  1. Accessing the Virtual Conference Online System – Pathable
  2. Technical Sessions
  3. Business Meeting
  4. Social Event

If folks have other pressing concerns, please let me know. I suspect you may receive a few more notices from me in the coming days, so I apologize in advance. ?



Accessing the Virtual Conference Online System – Pathable

I was having trouble accessing the online system, “Pathable.” So, I reached out to the virtual conference organizers. In short, if you are registered for a conference, you should receive an email with “2020 ASEE VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE” in the title by the end of this week. Then you may use this link to access the virtual site and login. Once you are logged in, bookmark the page. You will use this site to access sessions and, in turn, join the live Zoom meetings for any session. If you are having any issues, please contact aseevirtual@conferencedirect.com. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to support folks who may experience technical difficulties. I am sharing my email correspondence with the virtual conference organizers for your reference.

Only registered attendees will be able to access the ASEE virtual conference and invitations will be sent out to all registered attendees by the end of this week. If you’re trying to access your account using a link that was sent to you via email, that is a one-time use link. The link serves as a “refresh my account” link so clicking it multiple times may give you an error message and not allow you to log into your profile. We do advise that after clicking the invitation link for the first time, you should set-up your account and go back to the home page, https://asee20.pathable.co/ to bookmark the page. This will make it easier for you to sign-in and access your account throughout the conference. Please rest assured that invitations for all registered attendees will be sent out by end of week.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything else. Kind Regards, 2020 ASEE’s Virtual Annual Conference Support Team

Technical Sessions

Once you receive login information to the Pathable site, you should be able to find any technical sessions within the Pathable system at this time. You can add these to your schedule to make them easily accessible later. Also, all information pertaining to a session (e.g., papers, presentations, and slides) are accessible within the Pathable system. Here is the timeline for joining events:

  • 20 minutes before the start time: speakers can enter a “green room” where they can be seen/heard by other speakers but not the audience.
  • 1 minutes before the start time: attendees will be able to join the webinar, but will not see/hear the speakers or presentation until a speaker clicks the “Start Broadcast” button.
  • 10 minutes after the end time: the meeting will be automatically ended.

Thus, technical sessions are 20 minutes in length, but we have 10 minutes of “overtime” to continue fruitful discussions, at which point, Zoom will kick us out. I encourage folks to continue engaging with authors outside of the brief technical sessions either by email or in other creative ways.

LEES Business Meeting

The LEES Business Meeting is set for Thursday, June 25, at 2:00PM EST and is set for 1 hour. You can access this meeting through the Pathable system by locating the session and then clicking the Zoom link. This link should take you there, but you won’t be able to access this page unless you have received login information from ASEE Virtual Conference organizers (which should come in the next couple of days).


In addition, I am told that we will have call-in information for folks who are not registered for the conference to join the business meeting. I will share this information once I have it.

Update directly from ASEE Conference Organizers

Business Meeting Call-in Information:
Business meeting sessions with attendees who are not registered for the Virtual Conference have the option of calling into their business meetings. Please be advised, this phone number is dial in/audio only and will only access that specific business meeting, and is the same number for all ASEE sessions. The customized Meeting ID for your session will ONLY be visible 20 minutes prior to the start of the session. All attendees will need the Meeting ID and the below phone number to dial-in. The Meeting IDs are not able to be provided prior to this time.

Dial-in Phone Number for All Sessions: 1-408-638-0968 or 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: ONLY available 20 minutes prior to the start of the session

LEES Social Event

We will be holding a virtual social event from 7-9PM EST. I encourage everyone to bring their favorite beverage and treats. We hope to engage in some fun interpersonal activities using Zoom’s breakout group features. So please do join us! As with the business meeting, this link should take you to the social event, but you won’t be able to view the page until you have login information.


2020 LEES Division CALL FOR PAPERS Details (for reference)

Liberal Education/Engineering & Society (LEES) Division

The virtual sessions and plan are being developed with input from ASEE Leadership, LEES Officers, and Current Conference Chair, Justin Hess. ASEE released session schedules in early May, further guidance will be release in mid-May on: timing of virtual sessions, moderators and expectations for moderation, and scope of contributions for each panelist. The goal this year will be to focus more on substantive engagement and dialogue during the presentation times since the hallways conversations that normally extend beyond the meeting rooms will not be possible.

LEES is encouraging discussion throughout the conference that builds on prior scholarship, seeks relationships between papers, and locates this work within the shared themes for the 2020 conference:

Theme 1: Minoritization Processes in Engineering Education: LEES would like to include papers with (but not limited to) the following domains: (1) experiences of disabled
people, LGBTQ communities, or low-income and first generation students; (2) intersectional approaches to identity; (3) discriminatory formulations of intellectual capacity and the
categorization of “soft skills” (note that LEES does not condone the usage of this term); (4) the implications of prevailing framings of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ for research and practice.

Theme 2: Communication Across Divisions Initiative: Issues surrounding communication are addressed across ASEE’s divisions. As in the past several years, we plan to coordinate joint
sessions on engineering communication with a range of other divisions. As part of this initiative. LEES would like to strongly consider that researchers consider LISTENING as perhaps one of
the most important yet neglected dimensions of communication. Many other divisions us listening as a core skill (e.g., to build empathy for human-centered design or for community
engagement) yet take it for granted without much theorizing about it or thinking how it can be taught and learned in engineering curricula.

Theme 3: Integration of Engineering & Liberal Arts in International Engineering Contexts: This theme calls for studies on efforts to integrate engineering and liberal arts in international engineering programs, including, but not limited to, papers on (1) humanitarian engineering-type efforts outside of the US that have significant HU/SS elements; (2) different ways to teach social responsibility than the models we currently find in the US; and (3) on educational efforts addressing global climate- or immigration-related challenges.

Theme 4: Personal and Institutional Experiences with Integrating Liberal Arts inEngineering: This theme calls for authors to share their personal accounts with integrating the
liberal arts into engineering curriculum in specific institutional settings. Many instructors may need to overcome a fear of co-optation (selling out) in our teaching and research as we apply
the liberal arts to contexts wherein it is under-valued. Papers pertaining to this theme will bring a much-needed critical perspective to engineering education, and will showcase both challenges
and success stories.

Theme 5: International Perspectives and Initiatives Integrating United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into Engineering Classrooms: This theme will focus on
the call from numerous national and international organizations to increase the inclusion of sustainability concepts and topics within engineering education. While a variety of sustainability
frameworks have been adopted by educators, the United Nations has endorsed a holistic set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that is intended to provide cross-cutting principles
adaptable across disciplines, recognizing that unified sustainable development requires convergent approaches that include diverse perspectives. Papers are requested that document how educators are integrating the SDGs into engineering education and how this integration might be challenging the boundaries between engineering and the liberal arts. Papers that focus on the SDGs as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion, convergence (i.e., multidisciplinary approaches), and power skills (e.g., teamwork, communication) are especially encouraged as are those that emphasize strategies of Canadian and other international organizations. Please note that presenters with papers accepted that are aligned with this theme may be asked for PechaKucha style presentations.

For Reference: 2019 Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida, USA

2019 LEES Division Call for Papers

Table of all LEES Tagged Papers and URLS to submitted paper

ASEE 2019 LEES Program


Annual Conference Archives
2018 Annual Conference
2018 LEES Division Call for Papers
Table of All LEES Tagged Papers and URLs to submitted paper.
ASEE 2018 LEES Program [Full list of sessions, authors, and abstract in .doc; see also Program .pdf]
ASEE 2018 LEES Notes and Commentary from LEES members