April Kedrowicz consults with the HCDE Engineering Communication Program

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dr. April A. Kedrowicz will be visiting our department this winter and spring to consult with us about curriculum redesign for our Engineering Communication Program (HCDE 231 and HCDE 333). She is currently the Director of the CLEAR (Communication, Leadership, Ethics, And Research) Program at the University of Utah, a collaboration between the College of Humanities and College of Engineering. The program was developed in 2003 through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with the goal of integrating communication (speaking and writing), teamwork, and ethics into the curriculum of every department in the College of Engineering. Dr. Kedrowicz has been the director of the program since its inception and has developed a situated, incremental curriculum plan in all seven departments in the college. Her responsibilities include faculty development (she has facilitated numerous college-wide workshops), TA training (approximately 15 graduate students from the Humanities work with CLEAR to develop the communication competence of engineering undergraduates), programmatic and basic research, instructional development, and assessment.

Dr. Kedrowicz's curriculum redesign here in HCDE will be completed in three phases: information gathering and planning, curriculum development, and implementation and assessment. Her first visit (2/22-2/24) will focus on gathering information about the existing program, as well as brainstorming ideas about program revision. She will meet with faculty, graduate students, and other stakeholders to learn about strengths and weaknesses of the current curriculum, and develop goals for the revised program. During the second campus visit (4/12-4/16, exact dates yet to be determined),Dr. Kedrowicz will present her suggested curricular improvements and enhancements, and solicit feedback from faculty and graduate students. The final visit (6/2-6/3) will include a presentation of the revised curriculum, an assessment plan, and guidelines for training teaching assistants. The result will be a curriculum redesign that will meet the needs of the undergraduate students and enhance undergraduate engineering education at the University of Washington.