Five faculty funded for educational research

Five educational research projects developed by Missouri S&T faculty have been funded for 2018-2019 as part of a mini-grant program which promotes the scholarly inquiry into a question about teaching and learning. The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) provided nearly $25,000 to fund the following projects:

“Impact of Exposure to Broad Engineering on Student Persistence”, Kellie Grasman, lecturer, engineering management and systems engineering, $4,962.03.

“The Impact of Classroom Design on Active Learning”, Michelle Schwartze, assistant teaching professor, teacher education and certification, $5,000.

“Evaluating the Impact of an Expanded Sophomore Design Curriculum for Aerospace Engineering Students”, Jill Schmidt, assistant teaching professor; Warner Meeks, assistant teaching professor; Hank Pernicka, professor; mechanical and aerospace engineering, $4,500.

“Maximizing the Co-op Experience, Step 1”, Bob Schwartz, professor, materials science and engineering; Bill Gillis, assistant teaching professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering; K.M. Isaac, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Doug Ludlow, professor, chemical and biochemical engineering; Ed Malone, professor, English and technical communication; Keith Nisbett, associate professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Joe Stanley, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering; Nathan Weidner, assistant professor, psychological science; Phil Whitefield, professor, chemistry; $8,000.

“Comparison of Learning Outcomes and Student Demographics Between Classroom-Based and Asynchronous Online Lectures in Large Enrollment Engineering Physics Courses”, Jim Musser, assistant teaching professor, Agnes Vojta, associate teaching professor, physics, $2,500.

The educational research mini-grant program provides funding to help instructors research a teaching and learning question that effects student, course or campus outcomes. Results of these projects will be shared with the campus at the Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in March of 2019. For more information about the educational research mini-grant program, or to see previous mini-grant reports, visit

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