Faculty College: Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender

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Introduction

In 2016, Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) funded a Faculty College to develop and expand a new course titled “Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender” (EEL) (cross-listed as ENGR311c/FEMGEN311c). A Faculty College brings small faculty teams together over the course of the academic year to plan, study, and develop innovative curricular and pedagogical ideas. It provides these faculty teams with the space, time, and resources to work collaboratively on projects.

The goals of this Faculty College are to provide more students with knowledge of diversity and culture, engage more faculty in designing related learning opportunities, and explore how to put such knowledge to use in teaching and research for more inclusive educational experiences and better scholarship. The Faculty College will accomplish these goals by creating a collaborative network of faculty in engineering, humanities, and social science fields who will regularly come together to engage in course (re)design and discuss implications of course content for broader change in STEM.

Rationale

Engineers design solutions with and for people – people who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, with many different and intersectional identities based on gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, and more. However, without learning experiences focused on dimensions of human diversity, engineers are more likely to fall back on stereotypes and personal frames of reference that can limit the scope and quality of their work.

This Faculty College will engage a cross-disciplinary team of faculty members and educators to build upon the experience of a Fall 2015 pilot course that brought research on culture, diversity and gender to the engineering curriculum in a focused, intentional manner. Through collaborative learning and planning, this College seeks to provide more students with knowledge of diversity and culture, engage more faculty in designing related learning opportunities, and explore how to put such knowledge to use in teaching and research for more inclusive classrooms and better scholarship.

There are currently few opportunities for Stanford engineering students to learn about cultural diversity in the context of engineering. This Faculty College responds to the needs of the School of Engineering identified through strategic planning, and builds upon Stanford’s missions in excellence, diversity, and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Schedule of Events

Date Activity
June 8, 2016 All-hands meeting #1 - Kick-off to the Faculty College
July-August, 2016 Interviews of 13 core members
September 19, 2016 All-hands meeting #2 – Planning activities and milestones for the year
December 12, 2016 (tentative) All-hands meeting #3
May 8, 2017 (tentative) All-hands meeting #4 – Final get-together, review of work

Faculty College Participants

This Faculty College is led by Sheri Sheppard (Mechanical Engineering), and co-led by Carol Muller (WISE Ventures) and Shannon Gilmartin (ME Design Group).

In addition to the leads, the thirteen “core” members of this Faculty College are:

  • Anthony Lising Antonio, Education
  • Jo Boaler, Education
  • Joseph Brown, H&S, Diversity and First-Gen Office
  • Bruce Clemens, Materials Science
  • Geoff Cohen, Education
  • Patti Hanlon-Baker, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Pam Hinds, Management Science & Engineering
  • Tom Kenny, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeff Koseff, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Larry Leifer, Mechanical Engineering
  • Hazel Markus, Psychology
  • Londa Schiebinger, History
  • Candace Thille, Education

Our Faculty College RA is Jason Randolph (Education).

Two undergraduate researchers join our team as well: Amber Levine (Architectural Design) and Chloe Wiggins (Civil & Environmental Engineering).

We have four advisors to our work:

  • Chris Gonzalez Clarke, VPGE
  • Shelley Correll, Sociology, Clayman Institute
  • Jim Plummer, Electrical Engineering
  • Beth Pruitt, Mechanical Engineering

Our four VPTL partners are:

  • Alison Brauneis
  • Jennifer Crosby
  • Vera Michalchik
  • Gloriana Trujillo
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