1. Diane Matt
  2. Grant Project Advisor
  4. WEPAN-Women in Engineering ProActive Network
  1. Gretal Leibnitz
  2. Co-PI & TECAID Project Director
  4. TECAID-Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance..., WEPAN-Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) ...

NSF Awards: 1445076

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Adult learners

Cultural change in engineering  is frequently advocated, but difficult to achieve; and strategies are rarely articulated by national and global organizations. The Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) project provided intensive professional development and facilitated virtual learning communities for department leaders and faculty to help them assume central responsibility for creating and sustaining inclusive, learner-centered educational environments in mechanical engineering departments.  TECAID partners, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), critically selected five (5) mechanical engineering departments for participation; prepared and supported leaders from each for department-wide change; facilitated professional development for twenty-four (24) leaders and faculty members who championed the implementation of research-based change strategies to transform and sustain inclusive department cultures during and after the project.  TECAID contributes to the knowledge base of broadening participation in engineering through three innovative approaches: 1) focus on department leaders and faculty in the largest engineering discipline--mechanical engineering; 2) use of change models that explicitly link knowledge acquisition with intentional actions; and 3) application of a unique combination of topics--change leadership; engineering culture and underrepresentation; and inclusive pedagogies. TECAID advances knowledge and understanding of making intentional, research-based changes to culture in engineering departments. 

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