This summer, more than 150 new and recently hired chemical engineering faculty members received a crash course in classroom techniques – as well as mentorship from their more-experienced peers in academia – at the 17th edition of the Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty.
Organized by AIChE and the American Association of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Div., this year’s Summer School was in session from July 24–29, 2022, at Colorado School of Mines. Through workshops, brainstorming sessions, and team-building exercises, new teachers received mentorship and inspiration from seasoned chemical engineering faculty members. The training was designed to bolster teaching techniques and integrate new faculty into the broader academic and AIChE communities.
Dozens of experienced faculty members led the training, including members of AIChE’s Education Div., which had a hand in the curriculum. Subject matter encompassed topics as varied as the use and teaching of computer-aided techniques; grant writing; diverse approaches to teaching and learning; ethics; academia-industry interaction; and more — in a program featuring more than 55 presentations.
Since 1931, the Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty has provided advice and strategies to improve the academic experience for instructors and students alike. In 2022, organizations including 3M, Chevron, and Dow helped to underwrite faculty participation as part of the AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign’s priorities to advance chemical engineering and attract the best and brightest.
The next Summer School is tentatively slated for 2026.