- Research Assistant
Ph.D. positions are available in the area of Engineering Education as part of the College of Engineering’s Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Initiative. Dr. Diefes-Dux’s areas of research include, but are not limited to, authentic engineering classroom experiences particularly modeling and simulation, criterion-referenced assessment of engineering student learning, and impact of reflection on engineering students’ learning. Students will receive training in the full range of research activity needed to answer complex engineering education questions, including design of studies, synthesis of literature, collection and analysis of data, and presentation and publication of findings.
Doctoral study in engineering education research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focuses on training students to bridge the divide between engineering and education by continuing to develop their engineering expertise while preparing them to be exceptional researchers in engineering education. This program is intended for students seeking to:
- become an active member in the vibrant local (DBER Group), national (American Society for Engineering Education), and international (e.g., European Society for Engineering Education, Australasian Association for Engineering Education) community of engineering education researchers with a rich history (Engineering Education Pioneers)
- develop rigorous research skills to make significant contributions to engineering education theory, practice, and policy within an engineering discipline
- develop abilities to design, employ, and assess research-based pedagogies, curricula, and assessment strategies within an engineering discipline
- extend their capacities to lead, communicate, enact the entrepreneurial spirit, and work in diverse teams to change engineering education within an engineering discipline
A Ph.D. in an engineering discipline with a focus on engineering education research from Nebraska opens career paths in academia (at both teaching and research institutions as faculty and program directors), corporate training, non-profit organizations with education missions, teaching and learning centers, and educational materials and technology development.
Dr. Diefes-Dux takes a holistic approach to the education of her graduate students. This approach entails active career planning and exploration, academic goal setting and monitoring, identification of and encouragement to pursue opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for future success, and reflective practice to derive deep meaning from learning experiences.
Successful applicants for these Ph.D. positions will be passionate about developing and applying rigorous research skills to the study of engineering student learning as well as developing strong pedagogical skills. Applicants must have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering. Interested students should send a CV and statement of interest in engineering education research to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Dr. Diefes-Dux, visit https://engineering.unl.edu/bse/faculty/heidi-diefes-dux/.