Ph.D. in Engineering Education

Ph.D. in Engineering Education - Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux
Contact - Heidi Diefes-Dux
Department - College of Engineering - Biological Systems Engineering
Role(s) Needed:
  • Research Assistant
Students Needed:
• Graduate

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:

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

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