Student Division Newsletter, April 2021

Happy April, Student Division!


Can you believe that it’s April already? For many of us, final exams and summer break are fast approaching! I’m most looking forward to being able to visit friends and family that I haven’t seen in far too long. Even if you’ll be working through the summer, I hope the conference opportunities and the time away from classes serve as a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the fall and spring. Although we don’t have much in the way of division-specific announcements this month, we wanted to extend a warm thanks to Adrianne for planning and hosting our virtual escape room event last month, as well as those who participated. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you all!


We’re still in the process of updating our Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Discord, and website to have more consistent streams of relevant information. We’ll use these platforms to deliver programming that focuses on topics like mental health, diversity and inclusivity in engineering education, and promoting student chapter growth and development.


Finally, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Adrianne ( or Cassie ( with any questions or concerns regarding the division or the annual conference, or to Skyler ( with questions about adding a listing to our monthly newsletter. Until next month’s newsletter, stay well and take care! Good luck with your courses and projects.



Skyler Austen | Information Chair |

Cassandra Woodcock | Division Chair |



General Announcements:


2. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Reviewers Needed for 2021 ASEE Annual Conference

3. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Engineering Education Research Seminars at the University of Michigan

4. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Curls, Coils, and Compassionate Design feat. Dr. Tahira Reid Smith at UMD Clark School Webinar



Position Announcements:

1. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Leonhard Center Post-doctoral Scholar



General Announcements, Detailed:


1. ANNUAL CONFERENCE: New Details for Annual Conference Format


The 2021 ASEE Annual Conference is officially fully online again this year. Few details are available at this point, but the full announcement can be found here (ASEE website). Here are a few details we currently have.

The conference dates will remain July 26-29. Paper deadlines remain unaffected. Registration information can be found here. Early bird registration deadline expires May 31, 2021. Session details can be found here.


Travel Arrangement Action Items:

If you have made a hotel arrangement in the ASEE Block through the housing bureau, your reservation will be canceled automatically.

If you made a hotel reservation OUTSIDE the ASEE block, you must cancel that hotel reservation directly. ASEE will not be able to cancel them for you.


Important Conference Deadlines:

March 8, 2021 – Draft paper submission deadline.

March 22, 2021 – Blind draft paper reviews to program chair.

April 5, 2021 – Consolidate reviewer comments and send revision requests to author.

April 19, 2021 – Blind paper with applicable requested revisions: upload deadline.

April 26, 2021 – Accept/Reject paper deadline.



2. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Reviewers Needed for 2021 ASEE Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA


The Student Division is requesting volunteers to help review papers submitted to the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference. Reviewers can volunteer by e-mailing the Program Chair Adrianne Wheeler ( their contact information.



3. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Engineering Education Research Seminars at the University of Michigan


The University of Michigan Engineering Education Research Program is excited to be able to invite you to our 2020-2021 EER Seminar Series. Building on anti-racist momentum from the summer, we’ve decided to use our EER seminar platform to both amplify the work of Black and other minoritized scholars and to showcase research about the experiences of minoritized engineering students and/or engineers. Because of COVID uncertainty, we’ve planned for all of the seminars (through spring 2021) to take place virtually, via Zoom.

We have an incredible lineup (see below)! The seminars are all scheduled for Wednesdays, at 3:30 – 4:30pm EST, and most events are open to the interested public (though you must register to attend). More information, as well as registration details, will be available on a few weeks before each talk, and you may sign up to receive e-mail reminders and registration links for the seminars using this interest form: (


2020-2021 EER Seminar Series:

l 9/9/20 Monique Ross, Florida International University

l 9/23/20 Stephanie Masta & Alice Pawley, Purdue University

l 10/7/20 Walter Lee, Virginia Tech

l 10/28/20 Rosemary Perez, University of Michigan

l 11/18/20 James Holly, Jr, Wayne State University

l 1/27/21 Danny Caballero, Michigan State University

l 2/17/21 Kelly Cross, University of Nevada – Reno

l 3/10/21 Adam Kirn, University of Nevada – Reno

l 3/24/21 Inês DeReito, University College London

l 4/14/21 Laura Hirshfield, University of Michigan

We look forward to seeing you soon!


The University of Michigan Engineering Education Program



4. SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Curls, Coils, and Compassionate Design feat. Dr. Tahira Reid Smith at UMD Clark School Webinar


The University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering has invited Dr. Tahira Reid Smith (Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering) to give a talk entitled “Curls, Coils, and Compassionate Design: How a Black Woman’s Personal Experiences Can Inspire Novel Engineering Research” for the second event in our Engineering Education Speakers series ( on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1-2pm Eastern Time.


To register in advance for the Zoom webinar for Dr. Reid Smith’s talk please click on, 1

For more information, see, . Please contact Logan Williams with questions.



Position Announcements, Detailed:


1. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Leonhard Center Post-doctoral Scholar


Know anyone who is interested in engineering education or faculty development? We have a new opportunity in the Leonhard Center!

The Leonhard Center is seeking a Post-doctoral Scholar to take a leadership role for several Center projects including one that supports the College’s Engineering Equity and Inclusion Initiative. This study will explore how College of Engineering faculty and staff create a positive and inclusive culture for all students by better understanding current faculty and staff practices and beliefs around diversity and inclusion. The findings of the study will be used to design workshops to support our faculty and staff (and, by extension, our students) in moving forward with creating an inclusive culture within the Penn State College of Engineering. Additional projects may include collaborating with faculty to design and evaluate projects in engineering education and offering college-wide workshops on innovative instructional practices and educational research.

The position requires the ability to design and conduct research using qualitative and quantitative methods. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in communication and collaboration. Minimum requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in an appropriate field such as engineering education, educational psychology, or higher education. Knowledge of current trends in engineering education is desirable.


For more information about the job and to apply, click here. Contact Sarah Zappe at for more information.