This seminar will focus on the application of leadership research into engineering leadership curriculum. Drawing on qualitative data, the seminar will summarize key findings exploring leadership within the engineering context. The seminar will identify relevant themes across the leadership studies and explore various applications to translate abstract leadership concepts into tangible learning activities and curricular structures. Research data provided insights from engineering recruiters, leaders within the industry, and student perspectives, resulting in the development of curriculum and activities tied to communicating leadership skills and developing coaching skills for effective leadership of engineering teams. The seminar will explore these research activities and their impact on curriculum development in terms of an iterative process and identify areas for improvement and lessons learned.
Meg Handley is currently the Associate Director for Engineering Leadership Outreach and Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State University. Previously, she served as the Director of the Career and Corporate Connection’s office at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Handley completed her PhD in Workforce Education at Penn State, where she focused on interpersonal behaviors and their implications within leadership for early-career engineers. She is a board certified coach with experience in developing students’ leadership and professional competencies through teaching and one-on-one coaching.
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