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Engineering Self-Efficacy


Engineering Self-Efficacy: What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Encourage it in Engineering Learning Environments

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Understanding the Role of Self-efficacy: Professional Development for Busy Educators


In this publicly accessible and highly interactive webinar from the Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT) project, learn HOW to apply research-based, best-practice teaching strategies to create engaging, motivating educational environments that encourage the persistence and success of all students, with special emphasis on diverse women and minority men in engineering!     

Self-efficacy is the belief that you can be successful at accomplishing your goal.  Why is student self-efficacy important to engineering educators?  How do educators encourage its development within specific learning environments?  These are just some of the questions that will be answered by Drs Margaret Beier (Rice University) and Jack Lesko and Catherine Amelink (Virginia Tech). Learn about self-efficacy, its role in engineering learning environments, impacts on academic achievement and persistence in the face of difficulty, and ways to encourage its development in your students.

This webinar is relevant to all interested educators.  Examples will be engineering specific.

WEPAN members can access the following additional webinar resources:

  • Powerpoint (PDF)
  • Action Checklist
  • Recommended Reading



Our Presenters

Dr. Margaret E. Beier
Dr. Margaret Beier is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rice University. Her research examines the predictors of performance in educational and occupational settings. Her work has been published in top-tier education and psychology journals. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.


Dr. John "Jack" Lesko
Dr. Jack Lesko is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies. Jack has 20+ years of design and analytical experience as a mechanical engineer, with background in physics, mechanics and system analysis.He has initiated problem-based learning pilot programs enabled through interdisciplinary experiences and engages formally in engineering education and entrepreneurial training.


Dr. Catherine Amelink  
Dr. Catherine Amelink is Director of Graduate Programs and Assessment in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She is an affiliate faculty in both the Higher Education program in the School of Education and the Department of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering. Catherine has played an active role in educational policy and practice at the K12, department, university, and state level. She is published in many peer-reviewed journals. Most recently her research has focused on the self-efficacy of community college STEM students. 


Engineering Inclusive Teaching

This webinar is a product of the Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT) project, a 3 year program led by WEPAN and funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the project here


Small teaching changes foster inclusivity
for women and underrepresented men 
with benefits for ALL students
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