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Teaching Community of Practice (TCP) Meeting #6: Learning from Stories of Women in Engineering Education from Undergraduates to Faculty: How Can We Foster a More Inclusive Culture?

Guest speaker Dr. Nadia Kellam, ASU

In this talk, Kellam will share poems crafted from interviews with undergraduate women engineering students and a composite narrative that is made up of three full professor women’s stories on institutional change teams. Drawing on the triple change framework that considers power alongside learning and change theories, she will guide the audience through making sense of these experiences of women in engineering. She will end the talk with sharing test cards that we can use to help us test out big ideas that we would like to try out in our classrooms and departments to foster more inclusive and just cultures.


Dr. Nadia Kellam (she/they) is Associate Professor of Engineering within The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a faculty in the Engineering Education Systems and Design (EESD) PhD program and currently advises three doctoral students. Dr. Kellam is an engineering education researcher and a mechanical engineer. She is also deputy editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and co-chair of the newly formed American Society of Engineering Education’s Committee on Scholarly Publications. In her research she is broadly interested in developing critical understandings of the culture of engineering education and, especially, the experiences of marginalized undergraduate engineering students and engineering educators. She is a qualitative researcher who uses narrative research methods and positioning theory to understand undergraduate student and faculty member’s experiences in engineering education.

Her current research focuses include developing an understanding of power and privilege within transdisciplinary faculty teams working on institutional change teams, engineering faculty with ADHD and the assets that they bring to their roles, and developing an understanding of gendered making and how makerspaces are experienced by engineering students from minoritized groups. Dr. Kellam is interested in curricular design and has developed design spines for environmental and mechanical engineering programs when she was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, and helped design the EESD PhD program at ASU. She teaches design courses, engineering science courses, and graduate courses focused on qualitative research methods.

Outside of work, Dr. Kellam has many hobbies that keep her busy. She is a circus artist and her favorite circus discipline is flying trapeze, she flies and performs with the Roso Flyers in Chandler, Arizona. In addition, she does aerial arts with silks and rope as her preferred apparatuses. She loves anything with two wheels and she often shows up to the university with a helmet from her motorcycle or bicycle. She also enjoys rock climbing and riding her longboard and roller skates. Her recent endeavors are ceramics (wheel throwing and hand building), gardening, and bird watching. She is also married to her partner, Robin, and enjoys cooking curries and eating delicious meals in the evening after days that are usually filled with work and adventures.