Context and Need: Over the last few years, a group of faculty members who are primarily evaluated on engineering education research have been meeting to talk about what needs we have being on tenure track or in mid-career in emerging research-based discipline of engineering education. There are too few senior faculty with expertise in engineering education research, and those colleagues are either too sought after or otherwise engaged to be able to spend much time with early career faculty. So we put together a workshop to help us meet our own needs through peer and near-peer mentoring. We received some initial seed funding through the NSF’s Research in Engineering Education program to run a national workshop in 2011 for people on tenure-track (including recently tenured folks) who are primarily evaluated based on their productivity in engineering education research. It was successful, and so we are continuing to organize gatherings to support peer mentoring at annual ASEE conferences.
Goals of the Workshop:
- to develop, support, and augment networks and working relationships between faculty members and research staff working at institutions who are evaluated primarily on their engineering education research performance (this can include pre-tenure faculty, research professionals, or tenured, mid-career faculty.
- to develop relationships with peers near your same career level; peers who can help with different aspects of their work and personal life within pairs or teams for multiple mentoring opportunities, and within a group in which all share the context of conducting engineering education research.
Support: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 105290 for the 2011 workshop. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.