ATHENS, Ohio (May 25, 2005) -- Gregory Kremer, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, was recently selected as a scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The Carnegie Scholars Program, managed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, annually selects approximately 20 university faculty members from all disciplines and from all parts of the nation to research topics in teaching and learning and to participate in two two-week residencies in consecutive summers to discuss their research.
Kremer said the program encourages educators to research how students learn.
"The whole idea is that you go one summer and come away from it with a project," he said. "You apply it the next year, then you come back the next summer and share the results."
This year's Carnegie program topic is integrative learning. Participants will develop a specific study related to the study of the way students learn when they try to bring together a breadth of knowledge and experience into single courses and projects. Participants will then conduct that research at their individual universities and colleges.
Kremer teaches the mechanical engineering senior design course, which requires teams of students to integrate the knowledge gained in all of their previous studies into a single, real-world engineering problem. He intends to research the cognitive ways students learn in groups, as well as the best ways to teach students how to work in teams.
"Team work is one of the things industry executives keep telling us we need to expose our students to," he said. "We need to get them to think about better ways to work together in teams – how to be leaders in different situations that involve group work."
Ultimately, Kremer wants to incorporate his findings into the classes he teaches. His selection as a scholar speaks to his continued commitment to the improvement of the field of teaching. He has participated in teaching programs and workshops, including a National Science Foundation-sponsored Team-Oriented Project-Based Collaborative Learning Workshop, a weeklong National Effective Teaching Institute (sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education), and the university-wide Colloquium on Teaching. He is also an adviser for a variety of engineering student organizations at Ohio University.
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, fuel cells, bioengineering, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.
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Editors: A photo of Gregory Kremer can be found at: www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/KREMER_GREGORY.JPG