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Recognizing and Addressing Unintended Bias in Engineering Education


Recognizing and Addressing Unintended Bias in Engineering Education

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A Useful, Effective, and Comprehensive Framework for Educators! 

In this webinar faculty will learn how to recognize unintended bias and will practice addressing unintended biases that typically occur within engineering learning environments.


There are three videos in this mini-series on unintended bias in Engineering Education. 


If you're unfamiliar with unintended bias or would like a refresher, two brief prerecorded presentations by our facilitators will bring you up to speed.


Video 1: Dr. Goodwin's recording is entitled,  "What ARE Unintended Biases?"  In her presentation, Dr. Goodwin distills and shares research on the cognitive processes that lead to biases and consequences for equity and inclusion in engineering.


Video 2: Dr. Cross' recording is entitled, "Unintended Bias in Engineering Education."  In her presentation, Dr. Cross walks you through 3 case examples to assist you in the exploration of bias as it is embedded in common engineering education interaction.


Video 3: Drs. Goodwin and Cross joined us in a joint webinar to discuss the following:

  • Explore examples of unintended biases common in engineering education
  • Participate in a debriefing process to help address and reduce unintended bias
  • Examine identity and its relationship to bias
  • Learn resources to develop bias reduction strategies that fit YOUR educational context

WEPAN members can access the following additional webinar resources:


  • Webinar Powerpoint (PDF) 
  • Unintended Bias Action Checklist
  • Unintended Bias Examples
  • Recommended Reading
  • Helping Courts Address Implicit Bias (NSC 2012)
  • Avoiding Unintended Bias (Judicial Council of CA, Ch 10 from Handling Cases Involving Self-represented Litigants, 2007)
  • Chat Logs from the webinar
    • Class Dynamics
    • Isolated Student
    • Gendered Student Teams
    • Women's Project
    • Student Questions
    • Faculty Assistance


  • Unintended Bias Primer (PDF)


  • Unintended Bias in Eng Edu (PDF)
  • Cultural Diversity Self-Assessment









Our Presenters

Stephanie Goodwin, Ph.D., Director for Faculty Development & Leadership, Wright State University

Dr. Stephanie Goodwin assesses, develops and implements campus-wide faculty development and leadership initiatives.  Her scholarly expertise includes research on social biases (e.g., stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination), including projects on implicit biases, impression formation, and social power. Prior to her role in FD&L, Dr. Goodwin served as program director of a multi-institutional NSF ADVANCE effort to promote faculty equity and success in STEM disciplines. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In recognition of her contributions to social psychology as an empirical science, Dr. Goodwin was elected Fellow for the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2008).

Kelly J. Cross, Ph.D., Researcher, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kelly J. Cross, Ph.D.Dr. Cross is currently a researcher for the Illinois Foundry for Innovation for Engineering Education and a member of the Inclusive Illinois committee.  Kelly currently collaborates with multiple teams of engineering faculty on implementing and assessing instructional innovation.  Dr. Cross is trained in Human Relations facilitation and an advocate for diversity in engineering.  Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in STEM, teamwork and communication skills, assessment and identify construction.  She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech.  Dr. Cross received a Diversity Achievement Award and is a inductee of the Bouchet Honor Society (2015).


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



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