Thursday Key Note Luncheon Address

Teri Reed-Rhoads, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering
Dwight Lock College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
Title of Presentation: Changing Many Conversations
The 2008 report from the National Academy of Engineering, "Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering", encouraged our discipline to take a critical look at how we talk about or message our profession through the conversations we have with others, including prospective students, their parents, and the general public. While the impetus of the original report focused on recruiting, we can take it even further to other important areas within the engineering education pathways, including admissions, retention, and growth. This address will begin with a discussion of this changing conversation and quickly challenge the participant to change many conversations.
Dr. Teri Reed-Rhoads is assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs for engineering (TEES), assistant dean of academic affairs for the Dwight Look College of Engineering, and associate professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent 7 years in the petroleum industry during which time she earned her MBA. She subsequently received her PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Reed-Rhoads' teaching interests include statistics, interdisciplinary and introductory engineering, diversity and leadership. Her research interests include statistics education, concept inventory development, assessment/evaluation of learning and programs, recruitment and retention, diversity, and equity. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, various foundations, and industry. Professor Reed-Rhoads is a member and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the American Society for Quality. She serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council evaluator for ASEE and is the co-chair of the Undergraduate Experience Council. Dr. Reed-Rhoads served as a reviewer of the United State's National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2008 report Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering and 2010 report Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? and was an invited participant in NAE's Committee on Curriculum Reform and the NAE workshop Curriculum: Understanding the Design Space and Exploiting Opportunities. She recently joined Texas A&M University from Purdue University, where she received one of Purdue's highest honors given by the University President in the fall of 2012, the One Brick Higher Award. She has two boys, one is a first-year student at Purdue and the second is a sophomore at Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas.