Sarah Jane “SJ” Bork, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education

Research Interests: Graduate student mental health, engineering culture, participatory action & mixed research methods

Dr. Sarah Jane (SJ) Bork is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an emphasis on engineering education research. Dr. Bork’s research has focused on examining the mental health experiences of engineering graduate students. She has studied different areas (e.g., social factors, engineering culture, etc.) using a variety of research methods (e.g., regression analysis, photovoice, factor analysis, interview data, etc.). Dr. Bork earned her doctorate degree from the University of Michigan’s Engineering Education Research Program. Prior to this, she earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.



Select Publications

Rieland, J. M., & Goonetilleke, S., & Bork, S. J., & Johnson, A. W. (2023). Graduate student myths: interpreting the Ph.D. student experience through the lens of social media, memes, and stereotypes. Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore, MD.

Bork, S. J., Young, N. T., & Mondisa, J.L (2022, June). Exploring the Relationship Between Culture and Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Graduate Students’ Mental Health (Full Paper). Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

Bork, S. J., & Mondisa, J.L. (2022). Engineering Graduate Students’ Mental Health: A Scoping Literature Review. Journal of Engineering Education, 111(3), 665-702.

Bork, S. J., Clarke, N., & Mondisa, J.L (2022, June). Mentoring Approaches that Support Minoritized STEM Undergraduates: A Pilot Study (EBR). Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

Bork, S. J., & Mondisa, J. (2021, July). Using Photovoice to Examine the Mental Health Experiences of Engineering Graduate Students during COVID-19. Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Online. 10.18260/1-2--36525

Garcia, P., Perez, M., Bork, S. J., Farrell, D., Ericson, B., and Mondisa, J.L. (2021, May). Supporting Mutually Beneficial Near-Peer Mentoring Relationships Within Computing Education Programs. Paper presented at 2021 Annual Conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT).

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