The Rising Engineering Education Faculty Experience is a semester long experience that brings together graduate students in engineering education with traditional faculty in engineering disciplines to further the work, dissemination, and adoption of engineering education research and research based practices in the engineering classroom.
Graduate students who participate in the REEFE program receive the following benefits:
- An opportunity to experience faculty life and institutional culture away from the home institution
- An opportunity to build on their professional network
- An opportunity to practice change agent skills as a faculty member
Graduate students who participate in the REEFE program receive the following funding during their REEFE experience:
- Full tuition remission at the home institution that covers graduate student medical insurance and typical fees
- 20 hour per week graduate assistant stipend typical for the home institution
- Up to $2000 to support relocation/housing while at the receiving institution
- Up to $1500 to support travel to the ASEE National Conference to attend the REEFE Consortium Kickoff Meeting
The REEFE Consortium is a partnership between four institutions to match graduate students in engineering education with traditional engineering programs that seek to learn more about the field of engineering education. Purdue University and Virginia Tech serve as sending schools, schools that send graduate students to REEFE Consortium partner schools. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo serve as receiving schools, schools that receive graduate students in engineering education during the REEFE program. Rowan University serves as the research lead institution and the University of Tennessee serves as the program lead institution.
The REEFE Consortium program focuses on:
- the matching of graduate students to receiving schools that results in a short-term, on campus experience for the REEFE participants, during which they are treated as incoming, new faculty and may be involved with a number of diverse opportunities during their experience,
- the opportunity to learn, through the on-campus experience, about the campus environment, college culture, and possibilities for professional experience, and
- professional development in academic change using the Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) framework as a structure. This professional development will include a consortium meeting at the American Society for Engineering Education meeting of all REEFE participants (past and future), the coordinator staff, and other key personnel, as well as monthly all-campus calls (e.g. Adobe Connect meetings) to promote a cohort experience for graduate students, emphasizing the developmental nature of the experience, and highlight key experiences related to being academic change agents.