Recognizing the unprecedented challenges for our shared world and the profound questions about the engineering profession’s role in it, we offer a unique graduate program to prepare future change leaders in engineering education and engineering practice. Our program offers a flexible, student-oriented experience for graduate students to develop competence pillars in methods of social inquiry, knowledge of human development, and technical content expertise. Student will draw on these broadly applicable pillars to craft their program and dissertation in the areas of engineering education or engineering practice research.

Our Program

Our novel program builds on the diverse range of expertise of our engineering education research faculty to support graduate students in exploring cutting-edge questions in the field of engineering education or engage in the emerging frontier of engineering practice research. The program offers the following two tracks for students to design their individual journey and dissertation experience:

(i) Research on Engineering Formation generates new knowledge about learning and formation in engineering contexts to transform engineering education for the 21st century. (ii) Engineering Epistemologies comprises research to create new understandings of engineering work in complex, cross-disciplinary and cross-domain settings to prepare graduates to be change agents in modern engineering practice.

The flexible program around a shared engineering education core draws on the broad offering of graduate courses across the University of Georgia and allows students to create a truly interdisciplinary program of study that purposefully supports their dissertation work and promotes their growth as a scholar and professional.

Our Community

Graduate students in our program are part of the Engineering Education Transformation Institute, a college-wide community of educators, educational innovators, and educational researchers that provides a rich, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment. Embedded across our College of Engineering, the Institute embraces a collaborative community with all engineering faculty and a commitment to impact and positive change. Being part of this vibrant engineering education ecosystem offers unique opportunities for our graduate students to pursue cutting-edge research while promoting their growth as an educator and professional.

Our Graduate Students

We are seeking students with passion and initiative to embrace this unique opportunity. In addition to excellent academic qualifications, successful applicants will demonstrate excitement to shape their own educational path. As one of the leading engineering education research groups in the country, we expect our graduate students to embrace a shared commitment to excellence. We expect the work and research products of our students to contribute to the highest level of the national and international discourse.  Locally, graduate students are strongly encouraged to make full use of the vibrant engineering education environment and become an active member of, and valuable contributor to, our engineering education community.

 







Testimonials

 

Why did you choose engineering education as your Ph.D. focus?

I was introduced to the field of engineering education by my advisor, Dr. Beshoy Morkos during master’s program in mechanical engineering. I was quickly drawn to the engaging aspect of engineering education. On completion of my master’s thesis I realized the depth of this field and how much more is out there. It was an easy decision to pick engineering education as my Ph.D. focus. I enjoy researching in engineering education and working with now my major professor, Dr. Morkos.

-Devanshi Shah

 

I chose to do research in engineering education because I want to develop effective instructional techniques to further improve engineering pedagogy. More problems are encountered in today’s world, as we constantly evolve. We need effective scholarly and teaching practices to be able to produce competent future engineers that can solve the complex problem in our world today.

-Victor Oje

 

Given my engineering background and my penchant for teaching and learning, I realized doing my research in engineering education would be both rewarding and exciting. It would enable me to address some of the issues relating to teaching and learning of engineering students, especially those that I have had to deal with over the course of my training.

-Paul Olaogun

 

What are the reasons that led you to choose EETI’s engineering education graduate program?

Before moving to UGA I had heard about EETI engineering education graduate program, and after interacting with Dr. Walther upon arrival I was convinced that I wanted to be a part of this dynamic group of researchers and contribute in this field to the best of my ability.

-Devanshi Shah

 

chose EETI because the program offered me the opportunity to learn and develop expertise in methodological research skills to solve different issues relevant in engineering education.

-Victor Oje

 

EETI’s engineering education graduate program is domiciled in a top-tier research institution with a rich tradition as a liberal arts university, hence, there is opportunity of choosing from the plethora of courses offered by different schools and colleges. Also, EETI’s engineering education graduate program provides me with the platform to conduct my independent doctoral research work under the mentorship of highly distinguished professors.

-Paul Olaogun

 

What are your goals as a Ph.D. student?

As a Ph.D. student at University of Georgia, I want to harness my research skills and concentrate on learning and experimenting with the multidisciplinary nature of engineering.

-Devanshi Shah

 

My goals as a PhD student is to attain scholarship, and research skills in engineering education; conduct original research and be relevant in the professional community; use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve complex problems in whatever space I find myself; use soft skills i.e. stress management, time management, management and organization to contribute to the knowledge domain.

-Victor Oje

 

My goal is to become one of the scholars that create, inform and improve the education of engineers by conducting studies that contribute to proper design of instructional materials and to understand how engineering students’ motivation affects their learning. In addition, I would like to acquire skills that would help me become a good researcher in methodology and in theory. And lastly, I want to contribute to the research enterprise within the college of engineering by publishing my research work in reputable journal outlets while developing myself as a researcher.

-Paul Olaogun

 

What skills or strengths have you gained through EETI’s Ph.D. program to help you meet these goals?

I was introduced to the world of engineering education by some of the best mentors I could have ever asked for. Learning from the people in EETI was a different experience. I feel more polished and structured in my thinking and initiatives.

-Devanshi Shah

 

I have so far developed communication skills, quantitative and qualitative research methodology skills, critical thinking skills, i.e., ability to critique and appraise the scientific literature; problem-solving skills/organizational skills i.e. formulate problems and develop a plan/ timeline to solve the problem.

-Victor Oje

 

I like the state-of-the-art technology and resources College of Engineering made available to the students. Certainly, they are of great help to me in my research.

-Paul Olaogun

 

What do you like most about EETI or UGA’s College of Engineering?

I look forward to EETI forums every semester. I learn so much more outside of classrooms, and get a chance to interact with new people every time. I attend EETIncubator meetings weekly, it is my absolute favorite. I interact with researchers and faculty one on one. I take home something new and exciting from the field of research every single week.

-Devanshi Shah

 

DIVERSITY. UGA College of Engineering/EETI is an incredibly diverse group. Asides that, it is a very friendly environment. Faculty and students interact freely. Faculty and staff are genuinely interested in my development and training and events in my every-day life. There is a very open and collaborative atmosphere in the college that cuts across all disciple. Students are free to exchange ideas, share thoughts without feel undervalued. I most especially enjoy the workshops and book club held by EETI (including free food). Everyone, however inexperienced or experienced, faculty or students enjoy working and learning from each other.

-Victor Oje

 

I like the state-of-the-art technology and resources College of Engineering made available to the students. Certainly, they are of great help to me in my research.

-Paul Olaogun

 

How would you describe the faculty in EETI? How would you describe the level of support your receive from faculty in the Ph.D. program?

Faculty at EETI are extremely supportive. I felt welcomed upon my arrival at UGA. I have interacted with Dr. Walther and Dr. Sochacka frequently, and I cannot be more grateful for their time and invaluable lessons they give me. Dr. Morelock at EETI is a great mentor, he always encourages and provides guidance to students. I have gained immense knowledge from other faculty members at EETI over the past year. Looking forward to more learning and collaborations.

-Devanshi Shah

 

The faculty members are and are easily approachable. There is a great sense of community within the faculty. I always appreciate the collaborative work and the willingness to help within the faculty. The support has been immense. From day 1, I have always felt welcomed. Each faculty has provided me free access to them at any time to aid my development. Dr Joachim has been fantastic in my short-term improvement. Dr Nicki is always giving me very positive feedback at one time or the other. I enjoy working together with her on the NSF Resilience project. Dr John’s office is always open. (His organizational skills has taught me a lot). Margaret Sapp, the graduate program coordinator, is immense!!! Words cannot describe how fantastic she is to the graduate students in general and me. Dr Hunsu is fantastic. He is concerned about both my professional and personal development. I have been able to grow professionally through his guidance. I can go on forever with the names. Overall, it is a 10/10 with the level of support from the faculty.

-Victor Oje

 

I like the friendly and collaborative environment within EETI; an environment where both teaching and research professors come together to harmonize new theories and methods into teaching practice. Also, I have enjoyed the mentorship I have received so far from my advisor.

-Paul Olaogun

 

Engineering Education Faculty Advisors




Engineering Education Affiliate Faculty Advisors




Funding sources

Most of our graduate students receive financial support in the form of graduate assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students, and they require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties defined by the College.

If you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship, please complete our online application.

University-wide assistantships are also available through the UGA Graduate School. This site also provides links to additional fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Courses

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree with an emphasis in Engineering Education and Transformative Practice are expected to acquire the skills, knowledge, and orientations that enable them to make creative and original contributions to their discipline at the national or international level. The philosophy of the area of emphasis is grounded in a diversity of possible pathways that rely on students’ agency and initiative in seeking out relevant coursework and interdisciplinary faculty expertise to support their chosen research trajectory.

Requirements for the area of emphasis include a minimum of 73 credit hours in the student’s program of study beyond the B.S. degree as follows:

• Focus area courses (6 per area)*
• Elective course work*
• Graduate seminar
• Doctoral research (9000 or 9010)
• Doctoral dissertation (9300)

* Across selected courses a minimum of 16 hours of 8000 or 9000 level courses and an additional 4 hours of courses open to only graduate students is required.

A thesis master’s degree from an accredited university may be accepted for up to 30 credit hours, in which case a minimum of 42 credit hours of approved course work, research and dissertation beyond the M.S. degree is required as follows:

• Focus area courses (3 per area)*
• Elective course work*
• Graduate seminar
• Doctoral research (9000 or 9010)
• Doctoral dissertation (9300)

* Across selected courses a minimum of 15 hours of 8000 or 9000 level courses is required.

Coursework

The recommended course offering is organized in three focus areas. Individual programs of study will be developed collaboratively between the student and their major professor (see Course List with examples of courses in each focus area).

Engineering Education Core

The core engineering education courses provide an understanding of the landscape of this globally connected discipline. Individual course offerings focus on theories of learning and human development in engineering; contemporary issues in engineering formation; and research and evaluation methods in engineering education and practice contexts.

Social and Educational Inquiry Methods

The research methods courses draw on the broad offering of courses across the University of Georgia, including the College of Education. In line with the student’s research project, these courses can comprise offerings in the qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods areas.

Application and Context

Course selection in the Application and Context area draws on the full breadth of graduate course offering in technical and non-technical fields that provide specific content, theory, or methods to support and ground the students’ chosen research trajectory. Milestones assessment

Application and admissions is managed centrally with UGA College of Engineering.

College of Engineering Admission Information

College of Engineering Application Portal

Students holding a B.S. degree or M.S. in engineering from an ABET accredited program or a B.S. or M.S. in a related field from an accredited institution are invited to apply for admission. Students with degrees in non-engineering disciplines may be asked to take additional selected coursework to adequately prepare them for their studies.

Exceptional and highly motivated students with a B.S. degree who have not completed an M.S. degree may apply for direct admission to a Ph.D. program provided they have demonstrated research experience. The student’s desire and suitability to enter a Ph.D. program should be clearly articulated in their statement of purpose and in accompanying letters of recommendation.

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