Celebrating 20 years of the ExCEEd teaching workshop

Allen C. Estes, Stephen J. Ressler, Camilla M. Saviz, Brock E. Barry, Carol L. Considine, Dion Coward, Norman D. Dennis, Scott R. Hamilton, David S. Hurwitz, Tanya Kunberger, Thomas A. Lenox, Tonya Lynn Nilsson, Leslie Nolen, James J. O'Brien, Robert James O'Neill, David A. Saftner, Kelly Salyards, Ronald W. Welch

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In response to the clear need for faculty training, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed and funded Project ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) which is celebrating its twentieth year of existence. For the past two decades, 38 ExCEEd Teaching Workshops (ETW) have been held at six different universities. The program has 910 graduates from over 267 different U.S. and international colleges and universities. The ExCEEd effort has transformed from one that relied on the grass roots support of its participants to one that is supported and embraced by department heads and deans. This paper summarizes the history of Project ExCEEd, describes the content of the ETW, assesses its effectiveness, highlights changes in the program as a result of the assessment, and outlines the future direction of the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 23 2018
Event125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2018Dec 27 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
● The Teaching Teachers to Teach Engineering (T4E) Workshop, a five-day performance-oriented short course developed by faculty from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and offered annually at USMA from 1996 to 1998.5

Funding Information:
$425 charge per participant Support from ASCE; Bechtel grant

Funding Information:
Table 1 also tracks the two-decade transition of the ETW from an effort largely supported by ASCE to one that has been embraced by deans and department heads, showing the essential value provided by the workshop. There has been a dynamic tension with regard to workshop funding. After the T4E NSF grant expired in 1998, ASCE supported the workshop through a financial grant from the Bechtel Corporation. In 2002 and 2003, ASCE hosted three workshops at three different host institutions. During this period while the workshop was still developing its reputation, participants were charged no registration fee and for two years (2002 and 2003) were granted a $50 per day stipend to offset their travel and lodging costs. Even with these incentives, the number of applications did not quite justify three workshops per year. When the Bechtel grant support ended after 2003, ASCE partnered with ASME, AIChE, and IEEE through the United Engineering Foundation to fund an ExcEEd (Excellence in Engineering Education) workshop that followed the same format as ETW, but included participants from other engineering disciplines. While the sister societies lauded the workshop, they were not willing to provide financial support for it to continue in this multi-disciplinary format beyond 2004.

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© American Society for Engineering Education, 2018.


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