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Do Engineering Professors Show Empathy?
February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
Engineering fields face a persistent need to improve inclusion of diverse groups that
reflect the broader US population.
In order to challenge the homogenous nature of engineering fields, we must:
• Focus on creating more inclusive cultures.
• Understand and build relationships with individuals who differ from ourselves.
• Apply empathy to foster understanding and build relationships.
This talk will present a phenomenographic investigation of engineering students’ experiences of empathic concern demonstrated by engineering faculty.
Gain insight into how engineering faculty could utilize empathy as a tool to support
diverse student populations in engineering education.
About the speaker:
Kate Youmans is a Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering Education at Utah State University. Ms. Youmans holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.Ed. in Science Education from Boston University. As an engineering educator and researcher Ms. Youmans is passionate about breaking down barriers and transforming engineering into a more inclusive field. She brings a broad perspective to her work, drawing from her experience in the medical device industry and leading diversity and outreach initiatives for MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach. Using these experiences, Ms. Youmans developed innovative STEM programs in Design Thinking, Computer Science and Robotics at a K-12 charter school. Her current research explores
the use of empathic concern as a teaching practice to support student success in engineering, while her teaching practice focuses on the use of Makerspaces to support authentic student-centered learning and development of students’ 21st century skills.