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ENE Memo: January 26, 2015

From the Head: 1/26

Education Romantics

Earlier this month Tim Leberecht (former Chief Marketing at Frog Design) published The Business Romantic, a book which takes a contrarian view on business and entrepreneurship. The book's subtitle, Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself, points to his thesis that runs counter to the usual themes in business books - efficiency, metrics and utilitarianism.

Leberecht’s ideas draw a parallel with the counter-cultural influence of nineteenth century romanticism during the heady days of the industrial revolution. Many of his ideas either echo or complement those in other contrarian books on work, life and being that I have cited over recent months, including Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Crazy is a Compliment by Linda Rottenberg. There is insufficient space here to adequately summarize Leberecht's thinking, but his definition of “business romantic” gives a glimpse.

"What is a business romantic? We can think of ourselves as sailors crossing an ocean or as teammates with our skin in the game. Romantics know that life’s riches are only realized when we share a history with something greater than ourselves. This is easy if our work and careers give us satisfaction. But it can be daunting when the middle begins to feel deadening. The business romantic meets these challenges with excess: an excess of attention, an excess of vulnerability and an excess of commitment".

At a time when conventional business thinking is dominating the discourse around reform in higher education I thought some counter views might be refreshing. Many of us who have dedicated our life’s work to the academy might be considered the “education romantics.” Many of us chose this path because we felt a call to teach. For most it is a vocation not a job. This academic life is typically grounded on high ideals of serving and inquiry.

Lest our idealism be displaced by rising cynicism in the face of the unrelenting advance of managerialism and the rise of the new rationalists in the academy, we must stand up for the heart of what this endeavor is about. Parker Palmar’s The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life is a rich source of insights into the mystery, romance and transcendent nature of teaching and learning. Some aspects in our craft cannot be quantified and are beyond simple measurement; they are nevertheless vital and extremely valuable. To pick just a couple of the many possible quotes from Parker Palmer:

"Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher."

"By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am."

Help keep the dream alive!


Calendar: 1/26

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan. 29: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan 29: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb 3: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 5: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview
  • Feb. 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 18: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 19: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 25: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • Feb. 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 5: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 12: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • Mar 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 1/26

Semi-annual Purdue Alert test

The semi-annual Purdue Alert test has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. The alert system includes campus-wide emailing, text messaging, Twitter, information posted to the new Campus Status page, All Hazards Outdoor Siren activation, Alertus beacons installed in large classrooms, desktop popup alerts on most classroom and lab computers, and Boiler TV emergency alert system activation. The alert posted to the Campus Status page will state:

"This is the semi-annual TEST of the Purdue emergency warning notification system. This test simulates a level 1 incident. No action is necessary."

If there is inclement weather, the siren test will be canceled. For information on Purdue safety measures and procedures, go to the Purdue Emergency Preparedness (EP) Office website.


Faculty soon will be invited to take a comprehensive online survey addressing workplace experiences, job satisfaction and career development. The confidential survey will be conducted by the Collaborative in Academic Careers on Higher Education (COACHE), and it opens today (Jan. 26).

COACHE is an academic survey organization based in the Harvard School of Education, and it serves colleges and universities committed to gathering data to help recruit, retain and develop faculty members, says Peter Hollenbeck, interim associate vice provost for faculty affairs. Hollenbeck, who also is professor of biological sciences, is coordinating the survey at Purdue.

The last COACHE survey at Purdue was conducted in early 2012. This year's survey completion will take approximately 20 minutes. All responses will be entirely confidential. The survey will remain open until mid-April.

The survey is conducted entirely by COACHE at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Both the receipt of anonymized responses and the data tabulation will be done at Harvard, and the Purdue administration will not see or handle any individual responses.

For more information about COACHE, visit

ENE Seminar

Join us for seminar this week: Editing the Wikipedia Entry for "Engineering Education" and "Engineering Education Research."

Kudos: 1/26 Allison Godwin on receiving the NARST 2015 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for her dissertation titled Understanding Female Engineering Enrollment: Explaining Choice with Critical Engineering Agency." She completed this dissertation at Clemson last spring just prior to joining us at Purdue.  The award will be presented at the NARST International Conference in Chicago in April. Jennifer DeBoer on being awarded a very prestigious NSF CAREER grant for the project titled "CAREER: Assessing and Improving Online Learning Spaces for Diverse and High-Attrition Engineering Students." This grant is valued at $500,000. Alejandra J. Magana-de-Leon, alumna of our PhD program and now a faculty in the College of Technology at Purdue with a courtesy appointment with ENE, on being awarded a very prestigious NSF CAREER grant for the project titled "CAREER: Authentic Modeling and Simulation Practices for Enhancing Model-Based Reasoning in Engineering Education."   This grant is valued at $500,000.                                

Funding Opportunities: 1/26

Selected Funding Opportunities:

DOD-AFRL Methods and Technologies for Personalized Learning, Modeling and Assessment  This BAA is soliciting innovative research concepts in the development, test, and validation of training approaches to learning and performance. It includes modeling and the design and execution of laboratory and field studies to evaluate alternative live, virtual, and constructive approaches, solutions, and practices in military and civilian mission areas. White papers accepted until 11/17/19.

ED-IES Unsolicited Grant Opportunities The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announces its willingness to consider unsolicited applications for research, evaluation, and statistics projects that would make significant contributions to the mission of the organization. Under this announcement, IES could consider two types of unsolicited applications. The first type includes projects that are not eligible under IES' current grant competitions.  The second type of unsolicited application includes research that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources to address time-sensitive research questions, where the window to obtain data and carry out a project is short and the project would not be feasible under IES' current grant competition timelines.  Deadline: March 5

ED-OSERS Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities: Television Access  The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program 1 are to improve results for children with disabilities by: (1) Promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) supporting educational media activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) providing support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) providing accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner. Deadline: March 16

USAID Development Innovation Accelerator (DIA) BAA for Global Forestry and Biodiversity Conservation: Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) USAID seeks solutions that identify opportunities for transportation and logistics companies to operate sustainably and responsibly, and eliminate illegal wildlife from their operations.  Expressions of Interest due March 6.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at  For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: SBA Veteran Business Outreach Center Program  SBA will provide an award of financial assistance under this Announcement to fund implementation of a Veteran Business Outreach Center to counsel, train, and provide technical and financial/procurement assistance, comprehensive business assessment and mentoring to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting new or expanding/diversifying established small businesses in addition to providing business assistance to Reserve Component members and transitioning military personnel interested in exploring career opportunities in entrepreneurship. The applicant must plan to work directly with SBA’s resource partners in disseminating information to qualified institutions and organizations that provide quality entrepreneurship and small business management education, counseling and training to beneficiaries. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts.    Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office.


New Steps to Enhance Transparency and Accountability at the NSF  This link provides updated details regarding award abstracts.

Simplifying the NIH Policy for Late Application Submission There is now a two week window of consideration after the application due date, during which time NIH might consider accepting a late application.

NSF Prospective New Awardee Guide (PDF)

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