Jessica Deters

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
NH 304E
(402) 472-6095

Personal Links:

Research Website

Assistant Professor
Engineering Education

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  • M.S. in Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Colorado School of Mines


  • Ph.D.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Engineering culture
  • Workplace preparedness
  • International engineering education (global engineering programs and comparative research)

Affiliation: Discipline-Based Education Research in the College of Engineering at UNL

Ph.D. Degree Available: Unified Ph.D. in Engineering, Specialization in Engineering Education Research

Research Profiles:

Selected Publications

Deters, J. R., Leydens, J. A., Case, J., & Cowell, M. (2024). Engineering culture under stress: A comparative case study of mechanical engineering student experiences. Journal of Engineering Education, 113(2), 468-487.

Deters, J. R., Paretti, M. C., Perry, L. A., & Ott, R. (2023). What does it mean to be “prepared for work”: Perceptions of new engineers. Journal of Engineering Education.

Davis, K., Holloman, T. K., Deters, J. R., & Knight, D. B. (2023). Exploring narratives of researcher development for student researchers abroad. Studies in Engineering Education, 4(1), 1-25. 

Deters, J. R., Holloman, T. K., Pearson, A., & Knight, D. B. (2023). Understanding United States and Australian Engineering Education Research (EER) Contexts. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education 

Fitzpatrick, E., Baldwin, H., Adams, I., Chin, M. Y., & Deters, J. R. (2023, Sept. 10 – 12). What universities should know about minoritized undergraduate engineering students’ mental health. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Midwest Section Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Deters, J. R., Holloman, T. K., Grote, D., Taylor, A. R., & Knight, D. (2022). Critically Examining the Role of Habitus for Minoritized Students in a Global Engineering Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(4), 172–205.

Davis, K., Deters, J. R., Ozkan, D., Davis, J., & Murzi, H. (2022). Exploring the Process and Outcomes of Leading a Study Abroad Program Using Real-Time Perspectives. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(2), 351–381.

Deters, J. R., Holloman, T. K., Pearson, A., & Knight, D. B. (2021). Understanding American and Australian Engineering Education Research (EER) contexts through the eyes of early- and mid-career EER researchers. Proceedings of the joint Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES) & Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Perth, Australia [virtual].

Deters, J., Paretti, M. C., & Case, J. (2020). How implicit assumptions about engineering impacted teaching and learning during COVID-19. [Special issue]. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(4), 1-5.

Ford, J., Paretti, M., Kotys-Schwartz, D., Howe, S., Gewirtz, C., Deters, J., Chowdhury, T., Ott, R., Alvarez, N., Knight, D., Hernandez, C., Rosenbauer, L. M., Kary, A., & Giardine, F. (2019). Transitioning from capstone design courses to workplaces: A study of new engineers’ first three months. [Special issue]. International Journal of Engineering Education35(6B), 1993-2013.

Howe, S., Ott, R., Paretti, M. C., Hernandez, C., Deters, J. R., Gewirtz, C., Giardine, F., & Kary, A. (2019). “Women’s experiences in the transition from capstone design courses to engineering workplaces.” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL. [Finalist, Best Paper in DEED Division]. doi: 10.18260/1-2--33566