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Working and Learning in Diverse Environments: Evaluating Team Members

Event Date: November 6, 2014
Speaker: Joyce Main
Speaker Affiliation: Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Time: 3:30-4:20pm
Location: ARMS B071


The ability to work effectively in teams is a critical professional skill for engineers. Engineering courses are increasingly designed to provide students with opportunities to experience and apply teaming skills. In evaluating the development of team skills, some instructors incorporate peer assessments where individual team members rate the performance and contributions of other members in the group. Peer assessments provide a measure of individual contributions to group work and are often reflected in student grades. This seminar will examine gender bias and gender differences in student evaluations of engineering team members, and discuss implications for professional engineering practice.


Joyce B. Main is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy from Cornell University, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.