Transformative Teaching A Collection of Stories of Engineering Faculty's Pedagogical Journeys

Nadia Kellam, Brooke Coley, Audrey Boklage

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The journey to becoming an exemplary engineering educator is one that is rarely simple and straightforward. Simply being exposed to active learning strategies or innovative pedagogies rarely leads to a transformation of one's own teaching. In this book, we present a collection of stories from exemplary engineering educators that are told in their own voices. These stories are shared to enable readers to immerse themselves in first-person recollections of transformation, involving engineering educators who changed their teaching strategies from the ways that they were taught as engineering undergraduate students to ways that more effectively fostered a conducive learning atmosphere for all students. It is our hope that providing stories of successful engineering educators might stimulate thoughtful and productive self-reflection on ways that we can each change our own teaching. These stories are not simple, linear stories of transformation. Instead, they highlight the complexities and nuances inherent to transforming the way that engineering faculty teach. Through our strategy of narrative storytelling, we hope to inspire future and current engineering educators to embark on their own journeys of teaching transformations. We conclude the book with some lessons that we learned during our readings of these stories, and invite readers to extract lessons of their own. Table of Contents: Preface / Acknowledgments / Introduction / Developing a Liberative Pedagogy in Engineering / Experiencing Vulnerability and Empowerment in Teaching / From the Armed Services to the Classroom / Engaging Students through Service Learning and Innovation / From Food to Simulation with Legos: Engaging Students in Hands-On Learning / Finding Her Niche with Hands-On, Practical, and Real-World Pedagogy / Creating a Community of Collaborators to Achieve Curriculum Change / Teaching with Advocacy: Buffing the Talent to Break the Mold of the Monolithic Engineer / Conclusion and Lessons Learned / Authors' Biographies (in order of appearance).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationData Mining and Market Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Decision Making
PublisherMorgan and Claypool Publishers
Number of pages125
ISBN (Electronic)9781681733203, 9781681735450
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSynthesis Lectures on Engineering
ISSN (Print)1939-5221
ISSN (Electronic)1939-523X


  • engineering active learning
  • engineering educator inspiration
  • engineering faculty teaching stories
  • engineering teaching inspiration
  • engineering teaching journeys
  • engineering teaching stories
  • exemplary engineering educators
  • exemplary engineering teachers
  • innovation in engineering education
  • innovative engineering educators
  • innovative engineering teachers
  • innovative engineering teaching
  • narrative interviews of engineering faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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