The “A” Word Redux

In the fall of 2012, I posted on a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of engineering educators--ABET, Inc.  At that time, one year ago, my campus was preparing for the site visit of ABET evaluators, a three day examination of our labs, faculty, students, facilities, and student work products.  The result of the visit would determine, to a … [Read more...]

LinkedIn–Not Your Grandmother’s Facebook

Forget your Facebook--Like your LinkedIn

In the Huffington Post on August 14, 2013, Adam Wexler provided several interesting insights regarding the ways in which LinkedIn is gaining social media prominence over Facebook.  As he explains, "LinkedIn possesses an inherent advantage over all of the other social networks: it is a professional network. If you're a recent graduate … [Read more...]

Welcome Class of 2017!

Move in day at Rose-Hulman, when temps reached the 90's!

At this time of year, as Rose-Hulman first year students arrive and begin orientation, I always like to take a look at the Beloit College Mindset List, an inventory of the Class of 2017.  Every year the list makes its rounds among college faculty who realize once again that there is a large gulf between the old professors and the new … [Read more...]

Enrollment Management and Institutional Research in Kyoto, Japan

Golden Palace, Kyoto Japan

So, what do EM and IR have to do with Kyoto, Japan, one of the most iconic and historic of all Japanese cities?  At first glance, not much, but Kyoto is the site this weekend (February 22-23, 2013) for the 3rd Study Session on EM and IR, sponsored by Professor Shinji Fukushima of the Office of Enrollment Management at Yamagata University.  I was … [Read more...]

At Shibaura Institute of Technology

Yes, this building really is as enormous as it looks!

On Friday, I gave the first of two talks at Shibaura Institute of Technology, entitled "Institutional Research and Educational Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:  Creating a Culture of Evidence."  Faculty and staff involved in SIT's Global Initiative were there, along with faculty involved with SIT's new electronic portfolio … [Read more...]

Using Social Media for Job Searching

Getting a job involves more than just updating your resume!

As part of my Professional and Technical Communication course at Rose-Hulman, I ask students to revise their current resume and job application letter to target a particular job and company.  For many students, the notion of customizing the standard one-page resume, letting it reflect the company culture and its values (information available on … [Read more...]

Let’s Engineer Communication!

Teaching communication to engineers looks a lot like conducting an orchestra.

On Monday, November 26th, we started a new academic term here at Rose-Hulman, my home institution. That means I met with students in the two sections of the Technical and Professional Communication course that I will teach this quarter.  When I introduce the course, I like to tell students that I have been teaching a version of "Tech Comm" for 18 … [Read more...]

Making Academic Change Happen, May 30-June 2, 2012

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This summer faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are offering a new, 4-day workshop for faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students interested in improving STEM education: Making Academic Change Happen … impacting your classrooms, colleagues, and campus. Wednesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 2, … [Read more...]