The biography and position statement for the 2013 IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities, is listed below.
As Vice President, EAB, I am reorganizing the Board to concentrate on key areas. This is producing a more focused board. In addition, EAB is now considering all budget items and voting on priorities. Further, the operationalization of initiatives is being carefully scrutinized. We are also considering a comprehensive set of activities in the university space and carefully considering the exploded competition in continuing education and determining the best path for IEEE. As President-Elect and President, I led the IEEE initiative to open an office in China and expand our activities in that country as the initial phase of our Asia-Pacific expansion. As chair of N&A, I significantly modified the IEEE N&A process to bring a more structured and, I believe, fairer process to those important activities. As President, I started the IEEE Board of Directors-based strategic-planning activities that were carried to fruition by President Leah Jamieson. As Vice President, PSPB, I spent significant time on the challenges that arose when our publications and activities were embargoed in certain countries due to United States OFAC regulations, and I visited Iran to celebrate with our members when we succeeded in having those restrictions relaxed. As chair of the IEEE TAB Products Committee, I began the process of requiring business plans for all proposals.
In addition to serving as the current Vice President, EAB, I have spent my entire career in education and volunteering for IEEE. I have extensive knowledge of IEEE and have chaired the Technical Activities Board (TAB), the Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB), and the Board of Directors. I have strong skills in building community among volunteers and staff and moving groups toward consensus. I value and encourage innovation, inclusion of multiple opinions, honest but civil discourse, and the wide-ranging talents and insights of our volunteers and staff. I also am keenly aware that IEEE is a "team sport." An individual has a very short time in any specific role, and it is important that consensus be developed, prior contributions valued, and ongoing initiatives supported. We must be working for the good of the organization and not our individual causes. Based on two years' participation with the Educational Activities Board (EAB) and a lifetime in higher education, I understand the key EAB initiatives, its organization, and opportunities. I understand the time commitment of this position and have the support of my employer.
My primary goal will be to continue and solidify the work of this year. We have taken our EA strategic goals and asked how well our current structure supports those goals. The answer in many cases is not very well. We are currently working to reorganize EA to both effectively focus on our core goals as well as effectively collaborate across our three focus areas: pre-university, university, and continuing education. This work is under way while we engage the key challenges that exist in the university and continuing-education domains. In addition to the reorganization discussed above, we are working to transform the EAB into an action-oriented board. Beyond the importance of continuing the actions just outlined, my goals remain the same as last year and I repeat my statements on university education and continuing and professional education as a reminder of these important issues. In continuing and professional education, progress has been made with the redefinition and relaunch of the eLearning Library. Much work remains to be done to significantly increase the content, refine the marketing, and achieve an overall record of impact and financial success. This program needs major effort in connecting with Societies, Standards, MGA, and IEEE-USA to identify important topics, successful styles, pricing, access models (specifically using languages other than English), subject-matter experts, appropriate mechanisms to acknowledge completion of units (such as CEUs), and potential third-party partners. The IEEE should be pushing continuing education as a major initiative. Our brand, access to experts and users, and the clear need in the marketplace make continuing education a natural. In university education, we have one major program, accreditation. IEEE spends considerable money supporting accreditation in the United States and has worked over the past five years to expand our support of accreditation in countries throughout the world. (Unfortunately, accreditation is viewed by most faculty as a necessary evil.) Additionally, courses in technical English have been pioneered and the Computer Society with the ACM has developed a model curriculum for computer science and soon will release one for computer engineering. Interestingly, these model curricula efforts did not involve EAB. In the IEEE, we have the best technical educators in the world, yet they are really not connected with, nor, generally, interested in EAB. Further, many educators are not IEEE members. This is a major loss for the IEEE. One of my primary goals will be to identify and begin to develop programs that will engage and support engineering educators globally. One effort in this direction is the Board ad hoc committee on engineering-education reform, which I would continue to work on if asked by President Day. But beyond that effort, we have to address the fact that in engineering education, IEEE has little relevance. ASEE has taken a leadership role and even it is not viewed with much favor by those who are both engineering educators and top researchers. Our goal will be to make IEEE EAB relevant to engineering educators globally. One effort that has began this year and that I would continue is to develop global connections to department heads in IEEE areas of interest.These changes will not be done in one year; however, my primary goal will be to identify those mechanisms and projects that can be used to accomplish this goal. Through significant leadership over the past six years, EAB is positioned to be a much more dynamic and compelling institute-wide partner. My goal is to propel EAB in this direction.