We are proud to have offered an Engineering Teaching Workshop to all two- and four-year Engineering and Engineering Technology Instructors from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and University of Minnesota System! This professional development was for the pedagogically supported foundations for teaching engineering and technology-related techniques. These skills will help engineering and technology educators with student retention and success, as well as increasing the workforce in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.

This workshop was to provide educators with an opportunity to improve their teaching and abilities through a broad overview. A key educational component is valuable hands-on practice! There was a focus on basic skills and seminars addressing the following topics:

  • Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning 
  • Learning Styles
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Objectives
  • Class and Course Organization
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques

Program Leaders

Dr. Ronald W. Welch | Dean of Citadel School of Engineering and Louis S. Le Tellier Chair

Retired Army Col. Ronald W. Welch is the dean of the Citadel School of Engineering. Welch was a professor and chairman of the newly founded Department of Civil Engineering with the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Tyler. Before that, he was a professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Welch is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned his BS in engineering mechanics. He received his MS and PhD of philosophy in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. 
In addition to teaching Welch’s research focus has been on the behavior of structural systems, Homeland  Security initiatives, teaching pedagogy and educational activates surrounding faculty development, curriculum redesign associated with the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge and teaching pedagogy. Since 1999, he has served as a mentor, program developer and coordinator of the nationally renowned Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. David Saftner | Department Head and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Dr. David Saftner is an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Saftner earned a BS from the United States Military Academy and an MS and PhD from the University of Michigan. Dr. Safter’s areas of research include geological site investigation and characterization, beneficial reuse of waste soil material and teaching and learning in engineering education. 

Dr. Aaron Budge | Associate Dean of the College of Science, Engineering Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Budge earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Utah State University. Before joining Minnesota State University, Mankato, Aaron was an instructor at Utah State University for several years. He has also worked for the Utah Department of Transportation, BARR Engineering, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He has been involved with the ASCE  Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop and currently serves as chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Student Participation Committee and Co-Chair of the Engineering Geology and Site Characterization technical committee. Dr. Budge served on the faculty within the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department for twelve years before joining the college administration, where he is involved with a variety of outreach activities and faculty development efforts on behalf of the College of Science Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State Mankato.”


Day 1

Session 1 – Effective Teaching
Session 2 – Elements of Effective Teaching
Session 3 – Your Voice as an Effective Tool
Session 4 – Communicating Expectations
Session 5 – The Board Note Format

Day 2

Session 6 – Effective use of Media
Session 7 – The Impact of Learning Styles 
Session 8 – Facilitating Student Involvement
Session 9 – How to be a More Effective Communicator

 This event is sponsored by a Minnesota State System funding initiative.