Feminist/alternative pedagogies and methods at FIE 2009

•October 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Heavens it has been a long time since anyone posted here! So sorry. I wanted to make you aware of two opportunities to explore feminist and alternative pedagogies in engineering education at the 2009 FIE later this month. Note participation in the workshop requires advance registration. Please share this notice with other colleagues who might be interested, and feel free to contact me with questions. On behalf of all the presenters, thank you, and we hope to see you in San Antonio.

S3A: Workshop: Feminist Engineering Education: Building a Community of Practice
Sunday October 18 from 6-9 pm in El Mirador East
(requires advance registration)

Abstract: As a result of a series of papers and special sessions held at FIE between 2004 and 2008, a community of CSET educators interested in exploring feminist pedagogies has formed at FIE. Past participants in these sessions have expressed a desire to learn more about what makes a set of pedagogies “feminist.” At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of research papers at FIE that draw on feminist research methods or topics. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of members of the FIE community who have some experience with feminist pedagogies or research methods, and who are looking to develop intellectual relationships with others also working in engineering educational research. We will discuss the history of feminist education and feminist research methods in the US, including a connection to science and engineering education; participants will then work in small groups focusing on a sub-topic (feminist pedagogies, feminist research methods, and feminist research topics/content). We invite participants to bring part of a project (such as a syllabus or course plan, assignment, class or research project, research question or protocol) to this workshop; some time will be dedicated to the guided design/redesign of this project.

Presenters: Donna Riley, Susan Lord, Trevor Harding, Alice Pawley
Paper: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/papers/1236.pdf

M2B: Special Session — From Active Learning to Liberative Pedagogies: Alternative Teaching Philosophies in CSET Education
Monday October 19 from 10-11:30 pm in El Mirador West

Frontiers in Education has a history of special sessions focused on alternative and/or feminist pedagogies, and they have tended to attract a wide range of participants with varying levels of experience with such pedagogies. This special session is designed as an introduction to various alternative teaching philosophies and pedagogies, building on the past interest in such sessions and on the increasing interest in exploring philosophies of education in the context of engineering education. We will introduce participants to various theoretical frameworks of alternative pedagogies through a summary model, and facilitate small group discussions of three cases where alternative pedagogies have been or could be implemented. It is hoped that this introductory session will make such alternative pedagogical ideas more accessible to a larger number of CSET educators, allowing them to better participate in the rich and thriving conversation developing at FIE on using philosophies of engineering and education to envision new models for CSET education.

Presenters: Donna Riley, Susan Lord, Trevor Harding, Cindy Finelli, Alice Pawley.
Paper: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/papers/1231.pdf

Call for participation in US-Europe workshop for research on gender and diversity

•March 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This announcement just in: the organization of a US-Europe workshop on research on gender in engineering education. More information below; applications are due April 13, in just over 2 weeks!

US-Europe Workshop for Research on Gender and Diversity
in Engineering Education
Announcement and Call for Applicants
Applications are due April 13, 2009!

US Participants are sought for a 1-2 day workshop on gender research in engineering education to be held this summer in Delft, The Netherlands. Tentative dates are June 29, 30, or July 4. Participants will actively engage in developing an international research agenda for engineering education research on gender, the results of which will be submitted by the organizers for publication as an article in the European Journal of Engineering Education, or a similar journal. The workshop will bring together approximately 7 researchers from the US with an equal number of European researchers working in the area of gender in engineering education. We are also particularly interested in research on the intersection of gender with other types of diversity. In addition to the development of an international research agenda, this workshop aims to foster international research collaborations between participants and promote the development of an international community of scholars.

Participants may also be interested in attending the European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference, which will take place July 1-4 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The deadline for early registration for SEFI is May 1, 2009. Details are at http://www.sefi2009.com/nl/default.asp.

Participants should be tenure track faculty, graduate students, post-docs, or others conducting research in the field of engineering education. Selection criteria for participants include: empirical research experience in gender in engineering education, potential to advance the field of engineering education, and diversity (broadly defined).

Additional Requirements
This workshop is funded by the US National Science Foundation (Award #0810990), as part of on-going research. If selected to attend the workshop, you will be asked to fill out anonymous evaluation surveys. Workshop interactions will also be observed (but not audio or video recorded) for research purposes. By accepting an invitation to attend the workshop, you imply consent to these procedures. If you wish to opt-out of the research and evaluation procedures, or if you have any questions, please contact one of the workshop organizers: kbeddoes@vt.edu.

How to apply

The deadline to apply is April 13, 2009, by 11:59pm EDT. Applications can be found here. You will be asked to describe your current research in terms of guiding questions, theories, and methodologies. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 24, 2009.

Accepted US participants will receive $3,000 toward travel and lodging expenses (receipts required). Workshop attendance is limited to selected participants.

Workshop Planning Committee (US):

Maura Borrego, Virginia Tech
Brent Jesiek, Purdue University
Julie Trenor, Clemson University
Kacey Beddoes, Virginia Tech

New journal on gender, science and technology

•March 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Look look, a new journal on gender, science and technology! See the inaugural call for papers below.

The International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology is an independent, peer reviewed, open access journal that welcomes contributions from practitioners, researchers and policy makers concerned with gender issues in and of science and technology. The phrase gender, science and technology intends to encompass a wide definition of these disciplines both in terms of methodological enquiry as well as subjects of research.

Our aim is to help foster and provide a focus forconstructive debate and interchange of ideas between key players and experts in this field. We are interested in sharing knowledge and new understandings in relation to policy development, analysis of challenges and responses in education and employment, critical insights from companies, professional societies and other organisations about the impact of gender equality strategies, as well as perspectives from science and technology studies – and other related issues. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary perspectives and drawing on a wide range of theoretical frameworks.

Weare currently inviting submissions in the form of

· Full empirical research and theoretical papers

· Practitioner case studies and reports

· Opinions and perspectives from policy-makers and industry

For further information, including details of the submission process: http://genderandset.open.ac.uk [1]

Any enquiries please contact Dr Jenni Carr – IJGST Project Officer (j.g.carr@open.ac.uk)

The first issue will be published online in July 2009 (latest submission for this issue is April 30th

Further issues will appear every 4 months. We look forward to hearing from you!

This journal is being produced bythe Open University UK in partnership with the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET[2]
The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

[1] http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset
[2] http://www.ukrc4setwomen.org/

CFP: Engineering and social justice special issue journal

•February 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Call for Manuscripts: Special issue of Engineering Studies: Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies on “Engineering and Social Justice”

Editors, Engineering Studies: Gary Downey (Virginia Tech, USA) and Juan Lucena (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

Special Issue Editor: Jen Schneider (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

This planned special issue of Engineering Studies invites submissions from scholars across the disciplines who study engineering and its intersections with social justice.

Engineering, as educational and professional practices often aimed at developing technologies for specific purposes, and social justice, as political practices often aimed at more equitable distributions of advantages and disadvantages in society, may appear at first glance to be incommensurable. Yet many engineers, engineering educators, and engineering studies researchers have been inquiring into relations between engineering and social justice through recent publications and workshops.

For some, social justice seems to offer opportunities for educating future “global” engineers. For others, it appears to offer opportunities to address problems that have long plagued engineering, including low recruitment and retention rates, lapses in ethics education and understanding, and questions about engineering’s status as a profession, to name a few. Still others find in social justice important challenges to the theory and praxis of engineering in the world. This recent and growing interest leads us to ask: Why engineering and social justice? Why now?

The editors are especially interested in historical, social, cultural, philosophical, rhetorical, and organizational studies of engineers and engineering in the context of social justice. Possible submission topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the aims of engineering, and how do these aims align with the aims of social justice?
  • How do understandings of engineering and social justice shift or evolve across cultural, temporal, and organizational contexts, both within and beyond countries?
  • What challenges do social justice constructs or themes pose to engineers and engineering?
  • Where and when have images, policies, and/or practices of engineering and social justice been brought together, and what have been the outcomes?
  • Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit manuscripts. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that may contribute to and facilitate broader discussions and debates about engineering, research, practice, and policy.

    Interested authors should submit titles and 350 word abstracts by March 15, 2009 to the Guest Editor, Jen Schneider, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines, jjschnei@mines.edu. Please be sure to include contact information and institutional affiliation as well. The Guest Editor will invite a maximum of five manuscripts for full consideration. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s normal double-blind review process. Completed draft manuscripts will be due June 15, 2009.

    Engineering Studies is published three times yearly by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. See http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/engineeringstudies for more information, including detailed author guidelines.

    Also, to join the International Network for Engineering Studies and receive the journal, see www.inesweb.org/join. Annual membership is inexpensive at $56US, or $46US for those who qualify for the discount. If you would like to sponsor a member for one year or need such sponsorship, contact Crystal Harrell, INES Secretary, at crcrigge@vt.edu .

Visit femscitech wiki to contribute to panel organization

•January 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

If you’re interested in contributing to the science & technology stream at NWSA2009, I’ve set up a wiki to start organizing a few panels. You need a pbwiki account, but they’re free and easy to set up.

Or ping me in the comments here, and I’d be happy to hook you up either to the wiki or to the co-chairs.

Science and Technology Taskforce CFP for NWSA2009!

•January 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Announcement! Announcement!

Happy New Year from the Co-chairs of the NWSA Science and Technology Taskforce.
  1. We are writing to provide a gentle reminder that the deadline for papers, panels and roundtables for NWSA 2009 is February 15th. The conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia from November 12-15, 2009. The theme is “Difficult Dialogues,” with Angela Davis as the keynote speaker. (See details from the CFP below.) We are proposing a gathering of scholars working in feminist science and technology studies at the conference, as a follow-up to a similar meeting organized at the last NWSA conference (June 2008).

    Our goal is to increase the number of feminist science and technology studies scholars who will attend and present at the conference. We encourage you to send individual papers or, better yet, involve some of your colleagues to create a panel around your area of specialization. We also encourage you to plan discussion-based roundtables around topics of your interest. Virginia Eubanks and Jane Lehr, two of the taskforce co-chairs, have offered to propose and chair one roundtable discussion at the conference on the theme of “Difficult Dialogues in Feminist Science & Technology Studies: Continuing Challenges and New Directions.” Anyone who is interested in working with them on that proposal should contact them directly at veubanks@albany.edu or jlehr@calpoly.edu.

    Once the official conference program is set, we will identify a stream of papers and panels in the field of feminist science and technology studies and make that list available to interested parties. We also plan to organize one or two general meetings to discuss how we can continue to build a vibrant community of scholars.

    Once the schedule is clearer, we will write to you about potential times for a general meeting. We will send you a reminder in a few weeks, but please make this a priority. If we get a critical mass at this conference as we did in 2008, it will be an opportunity to continue to strengthen our community of scholars.

  2. The next FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies) meeting is from March 19-21 at the University of South Carolina. Some of us will be presenting papers, and want to know of folks would like to organize some kind of get together during the conference? For more info see: http://www.cas.sc.edu/wost/conference.html For more information on FEMMSS: http://myweb.dal.ca/lt531391/findex.html.
  3. We would like to draw your attention to a Feminist Science and Technology Studies blog started by Alice Pawley. It can be found here: https://femscitech.wordpress.com/

Please distribute this announcement broadly.

Best Wishes,

Carole McCann
Jane Lehr
Virgina Eubanks
Alice Pawley

CFP: Inclusive Science in NWSA Journal

•October 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Call for papers for a Special Cluster of Papers in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal

It is no secret that there is a national crisis in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), particularly in terms of the involvement of women and people of color. A great deal of effort has been exerted in the past few years to patch the “leaky pipeline” – the educational and experiential pathway which leads to careers in the sciences. However, critics of science, often feminists, have pointed out that “it’s not just enough to add women [or people of color] and stir” (C. Bunch, adapted) – we must look at how science and scientists are portrayed, who gets to ask the questions, what questions are asked, what methods are used, and how data are interpreted and used. We must also teach all of our students, particularly women and those in under-represented groups, that the process of science is open to all and that, in fact, without a diversity of investigators and approaches, our sciences are incomplete. To this end, we convened a national conference this summer at the College of St. Catherine to address these issues which are critical to the success of Science, Mathematics, and Technology programs across the country. The conference brought together keynote speakers: Dr. Marlene Zuk, Dr. Sue Rosser, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum along with scholars in and of STEM and Women’s Studies who shared their knowledge and ideas in the areas of theory, pedagogy and activism.

To encourage dissemination of these and other ideas to a broad audience, we call for papers for a special cluster in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal with the theme: “Inclusive Science: Articulating Theory, Practice, and Action”. We will specifically consider articles which address the following intersections of science and feminism:

  1. Multiple frameworks: critiques of science from multiple perspectives including gender, race and ethnicity, and class;
  2. Pedagogies that engage women, students of color, and students from a variety of social classes in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and
  3. Transformation: putting theory into action; changing the way we do, learn and teach science.

Guest Editors: Cynthia G. Norton and Deborah D. Wygal, Department of Biology and Women’s Studies, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

Submission Process: Papers should be emailed to Cindy Norton at inclusivescience@stkate.edu by January 15, 2008. Manuscripts will be subject to blind review and must follow the publishing guidelines of the NWSA Journal, found at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/nwsaj. Manuscripts should be approximately 20-30 pages, and should include no information which would allow a reviewer to identify the author(s) or institution(s); a separate cover page should be included listing the paper title, abstract, and name, institutional affiliation, address, email, and phone number for each author. In addition, we ask that each submission be accompanied by the names and institutional affiliation of at least two potential reviewers.

Feel free to contact either Cindy Norton (cgnorton@stkate.edu) or Debbie Wygal (ddwygal@stkate.edu) with questions or concerns about the submission process.


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