February 2018 EdDiv Announcements

1. From the Chair: Awards Sponsorship Campaign
2. Call for Abstracts: EdDiv at the 2018 Annual Meeting
3. EdDiv Awards Nominations due June 30, 2018
4. Open Position: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
5. Seeking Volunteers: USA Science and Engineering Festival
6. Open Position: Biotechnology Teaching Postdoc, NC State University
7. Instructions for submitting EdDiv announcements
The Education Division Board is creating opportunities for sponsorships within the Division. The first opportunities are related to the Awards Banquet and the Division’s Awards. Specifically, Awards Banquet sponsorship is available at $1,000 and $2,000 levels while each award can be sponsored for $700 (Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research; Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education; Award for Service to Chemical Engineering Education). These sponsor levels are per year with multi-year and endowed sponsorships are also available. 

We are asking Division members to consider sponsoring the Division in this manner or pass along contact information of potential sponsors (e.g., textbook, software, lab equipment) to me at or 419-530-8267.

-          Matt
The Call for Abstracts (CfA) for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open! Abstracts can be submitted to Confex until Wednesday April 18, 2018.  The Education Division plans to offer 17 oral sessions, 5 workshops, and 2 poster sessions this year and we need your help to make our program great; we are looking for submissions to:

1.      Best Practices in Assessment
2.      Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom
3.      Effective Classroom and Laboratory Demonstrations
4.      Free Forum on Engineering Education: The First Year and Sophomore Year
5.      Free Forum on Engineering Education: Junior and Senior Years
6.      Free Forum on Engineering Education: Graduate Students
7.      How Summer School Improved my Teaching
8.      International House of Chemical Engineers
9.      Jumpstart Your Teaching!: Small Teaching Ideas for Course Improvement
10.  Poster Session: Chemical Engineering Education
11.  Teaching Communication Skills to Engineers (Written, Oral, Data Visualization)
12.  Teaching with Technology

Please consider submitting an abstract (or two!) to our sessions.  If you know of a potential author who is not an EdDiv member, please forward this message along to them and encourage them to submit.

The Education Division grants up to three annual awards, and we need your help to identify award candidates! The awards are: 

·         Service to Chemical Engineering Education:  Recognizes an individual who, within 20 years of completion of the highest degree, has shown dedication and broad service to chemical engineering teaching and learning, especially in Chemical Engineering professional societies.

·         Excellence in Engineering Education Research: Recognizes outstanding research in education, with a focus on chemical engineering pedagogy, encompassing methods, applications, and assessment.

·         Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education: Recognizes an individual who has implemented a pedagogical innovation into a class or course that has made a significant and documented positive impact on teaching effectiveness and has enhanced student learning.

Further descriptions of the awards and nomination procedures are available on the web site (  Please consider nominating a colleague!  The Division award nomination form and two supporting letters should be submitted to the current awards committee Chair, Polly Piergiovanni ( by June 30, 2018.
The University of Pittsburgh seeks an exceptional candidate at the assistant professor level for this non-tenure stream position with primary responsibilities related to teaching. Candidates must have BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering and a strong potential to teach all core courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, the candidate should excel in a secondary area such as research, education service activities that benefit the department, or research service activities that benefit the department. The Department has internationally recognized programs in Energy and Sustainability, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Materials, Multi-Scale Modeling, and Biomedical Engineering. Active collaborations exist with several adjacent centers, including the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research Computing, the Center for Energy, the Petersen Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory. Our Department has also recently established a strategic alliance with Lubrizol Corporation that includes educational and research components.
The successful applicant will be committed to high quality teaching for a diverse student body and to assisting our department in enhancing diversity. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, submit the following as a single PDF file: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) a teaching plan; (4) a one-page plan to promote diversity in education; (5) names and contact information for four references; and (6) one of the following: a research plan, an education service plan, or a research service plan. Applications should be addressed to: Professor Robert S. Parker; Department of Chemical Engineering; 940 Benedum Hall; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA 15261; phone 412-624-7364. Applications for this Fall Term 2018 position (starting in late August 2017) will be accepted via email only to In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 1, 2018. The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

AIChE is participating in the upcoming 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival, to be held April 6th-8th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  AIChE has participated in each of the last two Festivals (2014 and 2016), hosting 800-1200 visitors to our exhibit at each event.  The entire Festival typically includes over 700 exhibits and attracts about 350,000 visitors, primarily targeted toward middle-school-age children but visitors cover the entire age range from toddlers to senior citizens.
Volunteers are being sought to help staff the AIChE booth at the event for a period of two hours on any of the three days of the schedule.  Many planning-team members will be present at the Festival, but additional help in speaking with the visitors would be greatly appreciated.  Students are welcome to participate if interested.  If you are interested in volunteering, or want more information, please contact Frank Petrocelli at:  Information about the Festival itself can be found at:

The Biotechnology Program (BIT) at North Carolina State University ( invites applications for a position as Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of molecular biology. Responsibilities will include teaching sections at the graduate and undergraduate levels of an existing course that covers manipulation and expression of recombinant DNA and CRISPR and developing and implementing a new laboratory course in a cutting-edge area of molecular biotechnology in the fellow’s area of expertise. The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and teaching ability. A Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related field is required, and postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. This is a 12-month position and is renewable for up to 3 years based on performance and funding. The position is available starting in spring 2018.
For further information or to apply, go to and search for position number 00106729. Applicants should attach the following materials to their application profile: cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references and a short statement of teaching philosophy and research interests.
Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding the position responsibilities, please contact: Dr. Carlos C. Goller at

To submit an EdDiv announcement, please prepare a maximum of a 2-3 paragraph description including any relevant URLs and contact information as well as a subject line. Do not include any attachments. Email this information to Katie Cadwell <> with the email heading “For EdDiv Announcements.” Announcements will be sent out near the beginning of each month.  Each announcement will be included once, unless otherwise requested. Announcements will also be recorded on the Division website: .