Kerrie Douglas

Associate Professor

School & Department Profile(s)



I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. I am also the director of the SEED Lab.

My current research focuses on:

  • Evaluation of Online Learning
  • Applications of Validity Theory to Ethical Assessment in Engineering Education
  • Engineering Classroom Assessments

For a more in-depth look, check out the Publications section

Note to prospective students: Feel free to reach out, but I generally have a hard time keeping up with email. If you want to make sure I won't miss your application then: (a) apply through the ENE school, and (b) include my name in the list of faculty you are interested in working with. Best of luck!



  • ENE685: Educational Methods in Engineering: (Spring 2019 - Current)
  • ENGR131: Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1: (Fall 2015 - Fall 2018)
  • ENE590: Special Topics: (Summer 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2016 )

Latest Publications

Full list of publications is available here.

  • Merzdorf, H.E., Zielinski, M., West, V., Bermel, P., Douglas, K.A. (2019). A mixed method study of advanced engineering MOOC learners’ motivation and perceived barriers . International Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Stites, N., Douglas, K.A., Evenhouse, D., Berger, E., DeBoer, J., & Roads, J.F. (2019). A validation and differential item functioning (DIF) study of an abbreviated dynamics concept inventory. International Journal of Engineering Education.(35)2, 491-509
  • Douglas, K.A., Zielinski, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Bermel, P., & Madhavan, K. (2019). Instructors pedagogical considerations for teaching advanced STEM MOOCs. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.
  • Douglas, K.A., Moore, T.J., Johnston, A.C., & Merzdof, H.E. (2018). Informed designers? Students’ reflections on their engineering design process. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. 6(4), Page 443-459. DOI:10.18404/ijemst.440347
  • Mathis, C.A., Siverling, E.A., Moore, T.J., Douglas, K.A., & Guzey, S.S. (2018). Supporting engineering design ideas with science and mathematics: A case study of middle school life science students. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Vol 6(4), Page 424-442. DOI: 10.18404/ijemst.440343
  • Douglas, K.A., Fernandez, T., Purzer, S., Fosmire, M., & Van Epps, A.S. (2018). The critical-thinking engineering information literacy test (CELT): A validation study for fair use among diverse students. International Journal of Engineering Education.34(4), 1347-1362.


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