Clemson University: Engineering and Science Education

About the Department

The Department of Engineering and Science Education (E&SE) at Clemson University, established in 2006, is building on the success of a Chemistry Education degree program, now in its tenth year. The vision of this department is to be an international leader in engineering and science education through discipline-based education research, preparation of future faculty, and implementation of inclusive, evidence-based curricula. Five faculty members have active research projects in the areas of assessment and improvement of problem solving, relationships between motivation and learning, student-centered learning environments, equity and gender issues in STEM disciplines, physics identity development, modeling of large-scale data, the graduate school experience, and students' academic and career development and success.

The E&SE department at Clemson has the potential to generate a number of qualified researchers in science and engineering education, either as graduates of disciplinary departments or as graduates with a Ph.D. in Engineering and Science Education. Over the past five years, four Ph.D. researchers in chemistry education (two with degrees in chemistry, and two with degrees in curriculum and instruction) have been graduated. Three of those students have taken faculty positions (two in chemistry departments and one in education) and one is in a postdoctoral research associate position. The E&SE degree program builds on courses focused on pedagogy and instructional theories, education research methods, and preparation of future faculty. In addition, twelve graduate students are actively conducting education research while pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering disciplines (mechanical, bioengineering, civil, industrial, and computer) as well as science disciplines (mathematics and chemistry). Thirty students have completed a Certificate in Engineering and Science Education, with another 20 students currently pursuing the certificate. The certificate requires a total of 11 credits earned mainly through the department, with some courses offered through the School of Education and other social sciences. Most of these students are seeking academic careers that involve teaching and research at a college or university.