Workshop Information

Engaged Scholarship for Ethics and Responsible Innovation in STEM Fields

Workshop: March 14-15, 2018
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Workshop Purpose

  • To share methods, outcomes, and experiences with engaged scholarship and learning for ethics and responsible innovation from the Genetic Engineering and Society Center’s CCE-STEM study;
  • 13 other projects from U. S. colleges and universities will also be presented.

Workshop Format

The 1.5 day workshop will include a keynote presentation, poster presentations, interactive panels on engaged learning and scholarship, and breakout discussion sessions.

Posters will be presented on ethics and responsible innovation courses, research projects and activities in STEM fields that incorporate engaged scholarship, such as:

  • collaborative, community-engaged research and learning involving STEM students
  • teaching social science research skills such as focus-group facilitation to STEM students
  • teaching civic-engagement theory and practice to STEM students


  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Including dinner at David’s Dumplings)
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

More details will be added as they are available.

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Workshop supported by the National Science Foundation CCE STEM Program (Award No. 1540244) and the Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State University.
Dean Nieusma, CCE STEM Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Dean Nieusma

Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Curricular Transition, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dean Nieusma studies engineering reform from a variety of perspectives—professional, educational, epistemological, and cultural—focusing particularly on efforts at the intersection of technical and social dimensions of engineering. Nieusma also develops courses and curricula that integrate engineering and liberal education, such as within Rensselaer’s signature interdisciplinary Programs in Design and Innovation (PDI), which he directs.

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Nieusma’s research interests extend to include design and social studies of design, development and appropriate technology, renewable energy technology and policy, and the relationship between expertise and democratic processes. He has advised numerous student groups, currently including the Rensselaer chapters of Design For America and Engineers for a Sustainable World.

Nieusma’s research, teaching, and educational reform efforts have earned him numerous awards, including a Fulbright Award (Sri Lanka), the Faculty Project of the Year Award in Peace Studies, the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teacher Award, the David M. Darrin Counseling Award, and the Rensselaer Founders Award.

Nieusma’s publications include the book, Engineering and War: Militarism, Ethics, Institutions, Alternatives, with Ethan Blue and Michael Levine (Morgan & Claypool, 2014) as well as book chapters and articles in journals like Engineering Studies; Design Issues; IEEE’s Technology and Society; and Sustainability: Science, Policy, Practice.

Nieusma is active in the American Society for Engineering Education’s Liberal Education/Engineering and Society Division and the Society for Social Studies of Science. He is also a founding member of the Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace international network and a founding editor of the open-source, peer-reviewed International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace.

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Engaged Scholarship, by which the activities of academe meet the needs of external communities and vice versa (Van de Ven 2007), is a form of experiential learning that can serve as a bridge in linking students with real-world contexts for the issues and problems they are studying.

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Peterson (2009) describes its usefulness as “providing a well-rounded education for students, a widening of the university’s knowledge base, and an empowering investment in community change,” and argues that there is a needed shift in higher education in this direction “in order to produce socially responsible students who are able to engage with the critical problems of our times.”

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Please complete this form to register for the Ethics and Responsible Innovation in STEM Workshop.

Note that seating is extremely limited and this workshop will fill up quickly. Questions should be directed to Sharon Stauffer, Program Manager, at

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