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ENE Memo: October 17, 2011

From the Head: 10/17

Scholarly Communities Revisited

Over 20 years ago the late Ernest Boyer, a renowned scholar who was President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, set forth six principles that characterize an ideal scholarly community, the sort of environment where we would all want to work. He set a very high bar as compared with the way in which many academic departments and institutions are experienced currently by faculty, staff and students.

Boyer's Six Principles for Communities are:

  • Educationally Purposeful
     A place where faculty and students share academic goals and strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
  • Open
    A place where free speech is protected and civility powerfully affirmed.
  • Just
    A place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.
  • Disciplined
    A place where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well defined governance procedure guide behavior for the common good.
  • Caring
    A place where the well being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.
  • Celebrative
    A place where the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming tradition and change are shared.

It is the combination of these six principles and not any one or two of them alone nor elements of them that make them special. They are an interdependent set that needs to be read as a whole. We cannot cherry pick those parts that appeal while ignoring other parts that are less agreeable. There is a synergistic quality to the set.

While this set of principles might be difficult to achieve in practice, nevertheless they continuously challenge us as we reflect on ways each of us can improve the workplace climate.     

Our strategic plan includes an aspiration that each of us have "No Bad Days." It seems to me that we have some more work to do in order to achieve this goal.  Revisiting Boyer's Six Principles on a regular basis might help us to become that special "place" we have the unique potential to be—a model for others to emulate. 

 - David

News and Information: 10/17

ENE Grad Student Association Activities

Join the ENEGSA and Open House attendees for coffee and conversation at Cafe Royle at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19th, after the Open House Symposium and Dinner. ENEGSA and ASEE are hosting a homecoming cookout (yum!) Saturday, October 22, at 10:00 a.m. We will be at the picnic table outside of ARMS and inside the main ENE grad student offices. Reminder: Please remember to collect mailing address information for your previous educators for the Thank You Card Project held Thursday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. (directly after Research Seminar). As always, please stay tuned for upcoming events and announcements, including the launch of our new website! For current ENEGSA details visit our Facebook page.

ENE Research Seminar


Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux, ENE

Title Authentic Engineering Experiences for First-Year Engineering Students: Intentional Design and Assessment for Learning
Details 3:30-4:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20,  Forney Hall, Room G124


Science on Tap: "50th Anniversary of Spaceflight: Lessons for Tomorrow" – Dr. David Radcliffe

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Brewing Co. (upper floor), 622 Main St., Lafayette (must be 21 or older to attend)

Science on Tap is a monthly program that provides Purdue faculty the opportunity to present research and scholarly activities in an informal setting. David Radcliffe's presentation, "50th Anniversary of Spaceflight: Lessons for Tomorrow," looks back at the early years of the Space Race and considers how the sometimes serendipitous byproducts of those endeavors gave us an early warning about current global challenges regarding climate, energy, food, water, infrastructure, and security. How engineering education and practice changed 50 years ago to meet the challenge of the Space Age, and how engineering education is being reimagined and redesigned today, based on scholarship and research, also figures into the presentation.

ENE Participation in the 8th Graduate Students Academic Forum of Beihang University

Faculty member Dr. Brent Jesiek and grad students Jiabin (Emily) Zhu and Junqiu Wang are currently in China for this international doctoral student forum on engineering education. Brent delivers the keynote address, "Engineering Education: Relating Research to Practice, Locally and Globally." Emily presents "Validation of a Survey for Graduate Teaching Assistants Guided by the How-People-Learn Framework." Junqiu presents "Measuring Team Effectiveness of Engineering Students' Teams." Xiang Gong, who had been a visiting student here in ENE, is the meeting's coordinator.

National and Independence Days around the World

  • Oct. 19 – Niue, National Day

Calendar: 10/17

Kudos: 10/17

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