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Allison Godwin

PI, Associate Professor of Engineering Education and Chemical Engineering
Engineering Education
West Lafayette
Office:  ARMS 1309


Allison Godwin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education and of Chemical Engineering (by Courtesy) at Purdue University. She is also the Engineering Workforce Development Director for CISTAR, the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. She is the current Chair for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division and an assistant editor for Chemical Engineering Education. Her research focuses on how identity, among other affective factors, influences diverse students to choose engineering and persist in engineering. She also studies how different experiences within the practice and culture of engineering foster or hinder belongingness and identity development. Dr. Godwin graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Science Education. Her research earned her a National Science Foundation CAREER Award focused on characterizing latent diversity, which includes diverse attitudes, mindsets, and approaches to learning to understand engineering students’ identity development. She has won several awards for her research including the 2016 ASEE ERM Division Best Paper Award, the 2018 the IEEE Frontiers in Education Benjamin J. Dasher Award, and the 2020 ASEE ERM Division Best Diversity Paper Award. In the classroom, Dr. Godwin has also been honored with numerous awards for teaching including being invited as a participant in to the 2016 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and being awarded the 2018 Purdue University School of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2018 Purdue University College of Engineering Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.

Research Interests

  • Engineering Choice in College
  • Disciplinary Pathways (with a particular focus on chemical engineering)
  • Students' Identity Development in STEM
  • Broadening Definitions of Diversity
  • Making Engineering More Inclusive
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Chemical Engineering Education

Curriculum Vitae

Godwin CV 11-29-2021.pdf