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Rachel Kajfez

  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Engineering Education
  • 244K Hitchcock Hall
    2070 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-2892

About

Ph.D., Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2013

M.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2010

B.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2008

Current Funding

  1. Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. & Kajfez, R. L. (OSU PI) (7/1/2017-6/30/2020). “Collaborative Research: Understanding Engineering Pathways and Their Impact on Community and Identity,” Funded Grant Proposal: National Science Foundation. $348,737 (OSU: $162,336).
  2. Kajfez, R. L. (PI) & Riter, E. A. (3/2017-2/2018). “Toy Adaptation Program (TAP),” Funded Grant Proposal: GPD Foundation. $5,000.
  3. Irving, K. E., Malone, K., Edmiston, B., Heckler, A., & Kajfez, R. L. (Co-PI) (1/2017-5/2018). “EiE-Ohio 3: Leadership for 21st Century STEAM learners,” Funded Grant Proposal: Ohio Department of Higher Education - Improving Teacher Quality Program. $145,288.
  4. Mullins, K. H., Kajfez, R. L. (OSU PI), Cuevas, H. M., Kecskemety, K. M., Verleger, M., & Young, S. (9/2016-12/2017). “Development of a Learning Taxonomy and Implementation Strategies,” Funded Grant Proposal: Federal Aviation Administration. $100,000 (OSU: $40,000).
  5. Kajfez, R. L. (PI) & Riter, E. A. (5/2016-6/2018). “Toy Adaptation Program (TAP): Connecting for Expansion,” Funded Grant Proposal: Office of Outreach and Engagement Impact Grant. $60,000.
  6. Benson, L. C., Kajfez, R.L. (OSU PI), Kennedy, M. S., & Vargas, P. (9/2015-8/2019). “Collaborative Research: Student Perspectives on Researcher Identity and Transformed Epistemologies (SPRITE),” Funded Grant Proposal: National Science Foundations. $412,490 (OSU: $89,142).

 

Publications (Journal Articles)

  1. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2017). Competence, autonomy, and relatedness as motivators of graduate teaching assistants, Journal of Engineering Education, 106(2), 245-272.
  2. Kajfez, R. L., Matusovich, H. M., & Lee, W.C. (2016). Designing developmental experiences for graduate teaching assistants using a holistic model for motivation and identity. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3), 1208-1221.
  3. Kajfez, R. L., Kross, M., & Kecskemety, K. M. (2016). Electronic notebooks to document the engineering design process: From platform to impact. Computers in Education Journal. [Paper originally presented at the 122th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA]
  4. Svyantek, M., Kajfez, R. L., & McNair, L. D. (2015). Teaching vs. research: An approach to understanding graduate students’ roles through eportfolio reflection. International Journal of ePortfolio, 5(2).
  5. Brown, P. R., Matusovich, H. M., McCord, R. E., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014). The use of motivation theory in engineering education research: A systematic review of literature. European Journal of Engineering Education, 40(2), 186-205. doi:10.1080/03043797.2014.941339
  6. Lee, W. C., Kajfez, R. L., & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). Motivating engineering students: Evaluating an engineering student support center with the MUSIC model of academic motivation. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 19(3), 245-271. doi: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2013006747
  7. Kajfez, R. L., Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J., Brown, P. R., Mann, K., Carrico, C. A., Cross, K. J., ... McNair, L. D. (2013). Assessing graduate engineering programs with eportfolios: A comprehensive design process. Advances in Engineering Education, 3(3), 1-29. Retrieved from http:// http://advances.asee.org/wp-content/uploads/vol03/issue03/papers/aee-vol...
  8. Louis, R. A. & Mistele, J. M. (2012). The differences in scores and self-efficacy by student gender in mathematics and science. The International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 10(5), 1163-1190. doi: 10.1007/s10763-011-9325-9

 

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

  1. West, M., Kajfez, R. L., Anthony, A., Greene, H., & Post, P. (Under Review). Self-efficacy of teaching engineering: Does TEK8 help or hinder? Paper to be presented at the 47th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. West, M., Kajfez, R. L., & Riter, E. (2017). Engagement in practice: One program’s approach to creating a strong network. Paper to be presented at the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  3. Malone, K. L., Schuchardt, A. M., Irwin, C. R., Kajfez, R. L., & Irving, K. E. (2017). Work in progress: Engineering design in secondary biology. Paper to be presented at the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  4. McAlister, A. M., Lee, D. M., Ehlert, K. M., Kajfez, R. L., Faber, C. J., & Kennedy, M. S. (2017). Qualitative coding: An approach to assess inter-rater reliability. Paper to be presented at the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  5. Benson, L. C., Faber, C. J., Kajfez, R. L., Kennedy, M. S., Ehlert, K. M., Lee, D. M., & McAlister, A. M., (2017). Assessing students’ researcher identity and epistemic cognition. Poster to be presented at the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  6. Paulson, J. L., Kajfez, R. L., & Kecskemety, K. M. (2016). Examining engineering students' major selection: Developing baseline quantitative results to investigate major selection and change. Paper presented at the 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA.
  7. Stavridis, O., Kajfez, R.L., Riter, E., & Mollica, M. (2016). Modeling real-world objects: Connecting SolidWorks to toy adaptation. Paper presented at the 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA.
  8. Faber, C. J., Benson, L. C., Kennedy, M. S., Kajfez, R. L., Vargas, P. M. D., Ehlert, K. M., & McAlister A. M. (2016). Understanding undergraduate engineering researchers and how they learn. Paper presented at the 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA.
  9. Theiss, A. H., Robertson, J. E., Kajfez, R. L., Kecskemety, K. M., & Meyers, K.L. (2016). Engineering major selection: An examination of initial choice and switching throughout the first year. Paper presented as poster at the 123th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  10. Mollica, M., Kajfez, R. L., Riter, E., West, M., & Vuyk, P. (2016). Community Service as a means of engineering inspiration: An initial investigation into the impact of the toy adaptation program. Paper presented at the 123th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  11. Kecskemety, K. M. & Kajfez, R. L. (2016). Aeronautical and astronautical engineering major selection in first-year engineering students. Paper to be presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, San Diego, CA.
  12. Kajfez, R. L. & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2015). Comparing common and discipline-specific first-year engineering programs: Examining the need and explaining the study. Paper presented at the 45th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, El Paso, TX.
  13. Kecskemety, K. M., Theiss, A. H., & Kajfez, R. L. (2015). Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: Developing a new tool based on feedback. Paper presented at the 7th First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Roanoke, VA.
  14. Robertson, J. E. & Kajfez, R. L. (2015). Understanding the Motivations of Undergraduate Teaching Assistants: Making Better Teachers through Knowing Why They Teach. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  15. Harper, K. A., Zierden, H., Wegman, K., Kecskemety, K. M., & Kajfez, R. L. (2015). Teaching assistant professional development through design: Why they participate and how they benefit. Paper presented at the 122th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA.
  16. Kecskemety, K. M., Theiss, A. H., & Kajfez, R. L. (2015). Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: A look back to better understand the future. Paper presented at the 122th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA.
  17. Helber, E. M., Brockman, M. L., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014). Gaming with LabVIEW: An attempt at a novel software design project for first-year engineers. Paper presented at the 6th First Year Engineering Experience Conference, College Station, TX.
  18. Kajfez, R. L. & McNair, L. D. (2014). Graduate student identity: A balancing act between roles. Paper presented at the 121th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  19. Kajfez, R. L., Croyle, C. M., Snyder, A. N., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2014). Engineering education Ph.D. students: Where are they now and what was the job search process like? Paper presented at the 121th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  20. Kajfez, R. L. & Creamer, E. G. (2014). A mixed methods analysis and evaluation of mixed methods research literature in engineering education. Paper presented at the 121th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  21. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). The practical applications of understanding graduate teaching assistant motivation and identity development. Paper presented at the 43st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  22. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). The future possible selves of our graduate teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs. Paper presented at the 5th First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  23. Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. & Kajfez, R. L. (2013). Surviving your first large lecture with attentive and engaged students. Paper presented at the 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA.
  24. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). Graduate teaching assistants’ views of their own teaching practice competence. Paper presented at the 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA.
  25. Louis, R. A. & Matusovich, H. M. (2012). Work in progress: Describing the responsibilities of teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs. Paper presented at the 42st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, WA.
  26. Coso, A. E., Louis, R. A., London, J. S., Ngambeki, I, B., & Sattler, B. (2012). Exploring the reasons for collaboration and cooperation among graduate student researchers. Paper presented at the 119th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX.
  27. Reap, J., Matusovich, H. M., & Louis, R. A. (2012). Chocolate challenge: The motivational effects of optional projects in an introductory engineering class. Paper presented at the 119th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX.
  28. Louis, R. A., Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J., & Lee, W. C. (2012). "Wait... There is a Ph.D. in engineering education?" The first-year experience of three students in an engineering education department. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Starkville, MS.
  29. Louis, R. A. & Matusovich, H. M. (2011) Work in Progress: Identity development of first-year engineering students though a summer college prep program. Paper presented at the 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD.
  30. Matusovich, H. M., Berry, B. E., Meyers, K. L., & Louis, R. A. (2011) A multi-institution comparison of identity development as an engineer. Paper presented at the 118th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC.
  31. Louis, R. A. & McNair, L. D. (2011). Graduate student identity in engineering and education: The creation of an identity construct. Paper presented at the 9th International ePortfolio and Identity Conference, London, UK.
  32. Mistele, J. M. & Louis, R. A. (2011). Exploring the middle school mathematics teacher student relationship. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Charleston, SC.

 

Publications (Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers)

  1. Kajfez, R. L., McAlister, A. M., Faber, C. J., Ehlert, K. M., Lee, D. M., Benson, L. C., & Kennedy, M. S. (2017). Exploring undergraduate engineering researchers’ identities and epistemologies: Who are they and what do they believe. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonia, TX.
  2. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2014). Who are our graduate teaching assistants? A classification based on identity and motivation. Paper presented as poster at the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). The motivation and identity development of graduate teaching assistants: An examination of factors over an academic term in engineering. Paper presented as round table at the American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

 

Publications (Conference Proceedings)

  1. Irving, K.E., Malone, K.L., Tiarani, V., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2017).  EiE-Ohio – Building 21st century learners.  Paper presented at ASTE 2017: The 2017 International Conference of the Association of Science Teacher Education, Des Moines, IA. 
  2. Tiarani, V., Malone, K, Irving, K. E., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016). "They fix stuff": Elementary students’ views about engineering and technology. Paper presented at the 2016 Indonesia Focus Conference, Lexington, KY.
  3. Irving, K. E., Malone, K., Tiarani, V., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016).  The EiE-Ohio project: Building 21st century learners in high needs elementary school. Paper presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. 
  4. Tiarani, V., Malone, K, Irving, K. E., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016).  Elementary students’ views about engineering and technology. Paper presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. 
  5. Kajfez, R. L., McNair, L. D., & Adams, S. G. (2013). TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants. Paper presented at the 5th Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

 

Presentations

  1. Mallouk, K., Kajfez, R. L., Bodner, C. A., Besterfield-Sacre, M. E., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J. (2017). Strategies for success and sanity for academic mothers. Panel member at the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  2. Kajfez, R. L. & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2016). The academic job search process. Guest lecturer for FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering on March 4, 2016 at OSU.
  3. Kajfez, R. L., Artz, J., & Murphy, A. (2016). The toy adaptation program. Presentation given at the Science Pub on March 1, 2016, Columbus, OH.
  4. Kajfez, R. L. (2016). Engineering education research: Overview to GTA research specifics. Guest lecturer for FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering on February 25, 2016 at OSU.
  5. Kajfez, R. L., Kecskemety, K. M., & Theiss, A. H. (2015). Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: The past, present, and future. Seminar given in the EEIC Seminar Series on November 6, 2015 at OSU.
  6. Mollica, M., Riter, E., West, M., Vuyk, P., & Kajfez, R. L. (2015). Toying with accessibility. Presentation given at Arena Tech Night on October 27, 2015, Columbus, OH.
  7. Pilotte, M. K., Bairaktarova, D., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014). Responses to ‘practicing without a license.’ PRISM, 24(1), 10.
  8. Kajfez, R. L., Kecskemety, K. M., Abell, A, & Grzybowski, D. (2014). The Olin institute experience. Seminar given in the EEIC Seminar Series on September 5, 2014 at OSU.
  9. Merrill, J. M., Riter, L., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014). The first-year engineering experience conference. Seminar given in the EEIC Seminar Series on October 3, 2014 at OSU.
  10. Kajfez, R. L. (2014). From the engineering design process to Solid Works. Session developer and facilitator for WiE RISE on July 14, 2014 at OSU.
  11. Herman, G. L., Thomas, L. D., Adams, R., Cox, M. F., Kajfez, R. L., & Knight, D. B. (2014). Special session: GEECS as an avenue for networking, collaborating, and mentoring. Panel member at the 121th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  12. Pilotte, M. K., Bairaktarova, D., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014). From industry to the academy - Female faculty boundary spanners offering and gaining perspective. Panel member at the 121th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  13. Kajfez, R. L. (2014). A pathway to being a professor: Lessons learned & things I wish I knew.  Guest speaker at the Green Engineering Scholars Meeting on April 1, 2014 at OSU.
  14. Kajfez, R. L. (2014). What is Engineering Education? And What is it Like to be a GTA? Guest lecturer for FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering on March 26, 2014 at OSU.
  15. Kajfez, R. L. & Kecskemety, K. M. (2014). An introduction to FEH.  Guest speaker at the ASEE Student Chapter Meeting on February 18, 2014 at OSU.
  16. Kajfez, R. L. (2013). Teaching assistant motivation and identity.  Seminar given in the EEIC Seminar Series on September 20, 2013 at OSU.
  17. Kajfez, R. L. & Matusovich, H. M. (2013). A case study of graduate teaching assistants’ views on relatedness in a first-year engineering program. Extended abstract presented at the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.
  18. Kajfez, R. L. (2013). The motivation and identity development of graduate teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs.  Seminar given to the Department of Engineering Education ENGE 5704 class on March 1, 2012 at Virginia Tech.
  19. Louis, R. A. & Matusovich, H. M. (2012). A theoretical model for studying motivation and identity in teaching. Poster presented at the Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Pembroke, VA.
  20. Schram, A., Louis, R. A., Lee, W. C., & Pruitt, W. (2012). The advisor-student relationship in university studies: A study of institutional engagement. Poster presented at the 4th Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.
  21. McNair, L. D. & Louis, R. A. (2011). CAREER: Reflective practice for graduate engineering students. Poster presented at the NSF Engineering Education Awardees Conference, Reston, VA.

 

Honors

  • 20180101

    Best Student Paper Award.

  • 20180101

    Emerging Community Engagement Award.

  • 20170501

    Outstanding Service to the Department Award.

  • 20170101

    Best Paper Award.

  • 20170101

    Outstanding Service to the Department.

  • 20160101

    Departmental Nominee for David C. McCarthy Teaching Award.

  • 20150101

    Center Nominee for David McCarthy Teaching Award.

  • 20140601

    Educational Research Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant.

Journal Articles

2018

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M.; Miller, E.; Gustafson, K. et al., 2018, "First-year engineering students' perceptions of engineering disciplines: A qualitative investigation." International Journal of Engineering Education
  • Malone, K.L.; Irving, K.; Tiarna, V.; Kajfez, R.L. et al., 2018, "Engineering design challenges in early childhood education: Effects on student cognition & interest.." European Journal of STEM Education 3, no. 3, 1-18 - 1-18.

2017

  • Kajfez, R.; Matusovich, H.M., 2017, "Competence, autonomy, and relatedness as motivators of graduate teaching assistants." Journal of Engineering Education 106, no. 2, 245-272 - 245-272.

2016

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kross, M.; Kecskemety, K., 2016, "Electronic notebooks to document the engineering design process: From platform to impact." Computers in Education Journal 7, no. 1, 37-45 - 37-45.
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M.; Lee, W.C., 2016, "Designing developmental experiences for graduate teaching assistants using a holistic model for motivation and identity." International Journal of Engineering Education 32, no. 3, 1208-1221 - 1208-1221.

2015

  • Brown, P.R.; McCord, R.E.; Matusovich, H.M.; Kajfez, R.L., 2015, "The use of motivation theory in engineering education research: a systematic review of literature." European Journal of Engineering Education 40, no. 2, 186-205 - 186-205.
  • Svyantek, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; McNair, L.D., 2015, "Teaching vs. research: An approach to understanding graduate students' roles through eportfolio reflection." International Journal of ePortfolio 5, no. 2, 135-154 - 135-154.

2013

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Brown, P.R.; Mann, K.A. et al., 2013, "Assessing graduate engineering programs with eportfolios: A comprehensive design process." Advances in Engineering Education 3, no. 3,
  • Lee, W. C., Kajfez, R. L., & Matusovich, H. M., 2013, "Motivating engineering students: Evaluating an engineering student support center with the MUSIC model of academic motivation." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 19, no. 3, 245-271 - 245-271.

2012

  • Louis, R.A.; Mistele, J.M., 2012, "The differences in scores and self-efficacy by student gender in mathematics and science." The International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education 10, no. 5, 1163-1190 - 1163-1190.

Presentations

  • ""Wait... There is a Ph.D. in engineering education?" The first-year experience of three students in an engineering education department." 2012, Presented at American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference,
  • "The motivation and identity development of graduate teaching assistants: An examination of factors over an academic term in engineering." 2013, Presented at American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting,
  • "The future possible selves of our graduate teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs." 2013, Presented at 5th First Year Engineering Experience Conference,
  • "Who are our graduate teaching assistants? A classification based on identity and motivation." 2014, Presented at American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting,
  • "Surviving your first large lecture with attentive and engaged students." 2013, Presented at 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition,
  • "Gaming with LabVIEW: An attempt at a novel software design project for first-year engineers." 2014, Presented at 6th First Year Engineering Experience Conference,
  • "First-year engineering program: Student instructional leadership team." 2010, Presented at American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference,
  • "Exploring the middle school mathematics teacher student relationship." 2011, Presented at American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference,
  • "Graduate student identity in engineering and education: The creation of an identity construct." 2011, Presented at 9th International ePortfolio and Identity Conference,
  • "A case study of graduate teaching assistants’ views on relatedness in a first-year engineering program." 2013, Presented at American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference,
  • "Work in progress - Identity development of first-year engineering students through a summer college prep program."
  • "The toy adaptation program." 2016, Presented at Science Pub,
  • "Strategies for success and sanity for academic mothers." 2017, Presented at 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition,
  • "The academic job search process." 2016, Presented at FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering,
  • "Engineering education research: Overview to GTA research specifics." 2016, Presented at FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering,
  • "Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: The past, present, and future." 2015, Presented at EEIC Seminar Series,
  • "Toying with accessibility." 2015, Presented at Arena Tech Night,
  • "The Olin institute experience." 2014, Presented at EEIC Seminar Series,
  • "The first-year engineering experience conference." 2014, Presented at EEIC Seminar Series,
  • "From the engineering design process to Solid Works." 2014, Presented at WiE RISE,
  • "A pathway to being a professor: Lessons learned and things I wish I knew." 2014, Presented at Green Engineering Scholars Meeting,
  • "What is engineering education? And what is it like to be a GTA?." 2014, Presented at FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering,
  • "An introduction to FEH." 2014, Presented at ASEE Student Chapter Meeting,
  • "Teaching assistant motivation and identity." 2013, Presented at EEIC Seminar Series,
  • "The motivation and identity development of graduate teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs." 2013, Presented at Department of Engineering Education ENGE 5704,
  • "Exploring the reasons for collaboration and cooperation among graduate student researchers."
  • "Toy hacking for children with special needs." 2017, Presented at Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy's Monthly Lunch and Learn Colloquial,
  • "Job searches." 2017, Presented at Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Education Seminar,
  • "Toy adaptation: Bridging academia, healthcare and industry." 2018, Presented at 2018 Community Engagement Conference,
  • "A multi-institution comparison of identity development as an engineer."

Papers in Proceedings

2018

  • McAlister, A.M.; Porter, T.; Kajfez, R.L. "Autoethnography of a researcher doing research studying undergraduate researchers." in American Society for Engineering Education Northcentral Section Annual Conference, Akron, OH. (1 2018).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. "Aeronautical and astronautical engineering and mechanical engineering major movement to graduation." (1 2018).
  • Desing, R.; Kajfez, R.; Kecskemety, K.M.; Grzybowski, D. "Mapping Entrepreneurial Minded Learning with the Longitudinal Model of Motivation and Identity in First-Year Engineering." in First Year Engineering Experience. (1 2018).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Dringenberg, E. "What does it mean to be smart? A narrative approach to exploring complex constructs." in ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education. (1 2018).

2017

  • McAlister, A.M.; Lee, D.M.; Ehlert, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Qualitative coding: An approach to assess inter-rater reliability." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • Malone, K.L.; Schuchardt, A.M.; Irwin, C.R.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Work in progress: Engineering design in secondary biology." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Anthony, A.; Greene, H. et al. "Self-efficacy of teaching engineering: Does TEK8 help or hinder?." in 47th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN. (1 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E. "Engagement in practice: One's approach to creating a strong network." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • Irving, K.E.; Malone, K.; Tiarani, V.; Giasi, T. et al. "EiE-Ohio - Building 21st century learners." in ASTE 2017: The 2017 International Conference of the Association of Science Teacher Education, Des Moines, IA. (1 2017).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; McAlister, A.M.; Faber, C.J.; Ehlert, K.M. et al. "Exploring undergraduate engineering researchers' identities and epistemologies: Who are they and what do they believe." in American Educational Research Association 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (1 2017).
  • Malone, K.L.; Schuchardt, A.M.; Irwin, C.R.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Work in progress: Engineering design in secondary biology." (6 2017).
  • Benson, L.C.; Faber, C.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kennedy, M.S. et al. "Assessing students' researcher identity and epistemic cognition." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • West, M.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E. "Engagement in practice: One program's approach to creating a strong network." (6 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Anthony, A.B.; Greene, H.L. et al. "Self-Efficacy of Teaching Engineering: Does TEK8 Help or Hinder?." (1 2017).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Clark, A.M. "Understanding engineering pathways and their impact on community and identity: Project overview and initial plan." in NSF Engineering Education and Centers Grantees Conference. (1 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Anthony, A.B.; Greene, H.L. et al. "Self-efficacy of teaching engineering: Does TEK8 help or hinder?." (12 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Anthony, A.B.; Greene, H.L. et al. "Self-Efficacy of Teaching Engineering: Does TEK8 Help or Hinder?." in IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2017).
  • Benson, L.; Faber, C.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kennedy, M.S. et al. "Assessing students' researcher identity and epistemic cognition." (6 2017).
  • McAlister, A.M.; Lee, D.M.; Ehlert, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Qualitative coding: An approach to assess inter-rater reliability." (6 2017).

2016

  • Faber, C.J.; Benson, L.C.; Kennedy, M.S.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Understanding undergraduate engineering researchers and how they learn." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).
  • Stavridis, O.; Kajfez, R.; Riter, E.A.; Mollica, M.Y. "Modeling real-world objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).
  • Paulson, J.L.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Examining engineering students' major selection: Developing baseline quantitative results to investigate major selection and change." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).
  • Theiss, A.H.; Robertson, J.E.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. et al. "Engineering major selection: An examination of initial choice and switching throughout the first year." in 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. (6 2016).
  • Irving, K.E.; Malone, K.; Tiarani, V.; Giasi, T. et al. "Proposal presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN." (1 2016).
  • Tiarani, V.; Malone, K.; Irving, K.E.; Giasi, T. et al. "Extended abstract presented at the 2016 Indonesia Focus Conference, Lexington, KY." (1 2016).
  • Tiarani, V.; Malone, K.; Irving, K.E.; Giasi, T. et al. "Proposal presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN." (1 2016).
  • Tiarani, V.; Malone, K.; Irving, K.E.; Giasi, T. et al. "Elementary students' views about engineering and technology." in 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. (1 2016).
  • Irving, K.E.; Malone, K.; Tiarani, V.; Giasi, T. et al. "The EiE-Ohio project: Building 21st century learners in high needs elementary school." in 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. (1 2016).
  • Tiarani, V.; Malone, K.; Irving, K.E.; Giasi, T. et al. ""They fix stuff": Elementary students' views about engineering and technology." in 2016 Indonesia Focus Conference, Lexington, KY. (1 2016).
  • Mollica, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.; West, M. et al. "Community service as a means of engineering inspiration: An initial investigation into the impact of the toy adaptation program." in 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. (6 2016).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. "Aeronautical and astronautical engineering major selection in first-year engineering students." in 54th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, San Diego, CA. (1 2016).
  • Benson, L.C.; Kennedy, M.S.; Ehlert, K.M.; Faber, C.J. et al. "Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Researchers and How They Learn." in IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2016).
  • Benson, L.C.; Kennedy, M.S.; Ehlert, K.M.; Vargas, P.M.D. et al. "Understanding undergraduate engineering researchers and how they learn." (11 2016).
  • Stavridis, O.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.A.; Mollica, M.Y. et al. "Modeling Real-World Objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation." (1 2016).
  • Paulson, J.L.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M.; IEEE, "Examining Engineering Students' Major Selection Developing Baseline Quantitative Results to Investigate Major Selection and Change." (1 2016).
  • Benson, L.C.; Kennedy, M.S.; Ehlert, K.M.; Faber, C.J. et al. "Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Researchers and How They Learn." (1 2016).
  • Theiss, A.; Robertson, J.E.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. et al. "Engineering major selection: An examination of initial choice and switching throughout the first year." (6 2016).
  • Mollica, M.Y.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.; West, M.M. "Community service as a means of engineering inspiration: An initial investigation into the impact of the toy adaptation program." (6 2016).
  • Paulson, J.L.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Examining Engineering Students' Major Selection Developing Baseline Quantitative Results to Investigate Major Selection and Change." in IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2016).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. "Aeronautical and astronautical engineering major selection in first-year engineering students." (1 2016).
  • Paulson, J.L.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Examining engineering students' major selection: Developing baseline quantitative results to investigate major selection and change." (11 2016).
  • Stavridis, O.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.A.; Mollica, M.Y. "Modeling Real-World Objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation." in IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2016).
  • Stavridis, O.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.A.; Mollica, M.Y. "Modeling real-world objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation." (11 2016).

2015

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M.; Kross, M. "Electronic notebooks to document the engineering design process: From platform to impact." (1 2015).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Comparing Common and Discipline-Specific First-Year Engineering Programs: Examining the Need and Explaining the Study." in 45th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2015).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Theiss, A.H.; Kajfez, R.L. "Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: A look back to better understand the future." in 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. (1 2015).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Theiss, A.H. "Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: Developing a new tool based on feedback." in 7th First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Roanoke, VA. (1 2015).
  • Harper, K.A.; Zierden, H.; Wegman, K.; Kecskemety, K.M. et al. "Teaching assistant professional development through design: Why they participate and how they benefit." in 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. (1 2015).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Comparing common and discipline-specific first-year engineering programs: Examining the need and explaining the study." (12 2015).
  • Harper, K.A.; Zierden, H.C.; Wegman, K.R.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Teaching assistant professional development through design: Why they participate and how they benefit." (1 2015).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; IEEE, "Comparing Common and Discipline-Specific First-Year Engineering Programs: Examining the Need and Explaining the Study." (1 2015).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Theiss, A.H.; Kajfez, R.L. "Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: A look back to better understand the future." (1 2015).
  • Robertson, J.E.; Kajfez, R.L. "Understanding the motivations of undergraduate teaching assistants: Making better teachers through knowing why they teach." in American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH. (1 2015).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Mohammadi-Argah, M.J. "Comparing common and discipline-specific first-year engineering programs: Examining the need and explaining the study." in 45th ASEE/ISEE Frontiers in Education Conference, El Paso, TX. (12 2015).

2014

  • Kajfez, R.; Creamer, E.G. "A mixed methods analysis and evaluation of mixed methods research literature in engineering education." in American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (1 2014).
  • Kajfez, R.; Croyle, C.M.; Snyder, A.N.; Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J. "Engineering Education Ph.D. Students: Where are they now and what was the job search process like?." in American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (1 2014).
  • Pilotte, M.K.; Bairaktarova, D.; Kajfez, R.L. "Panel: Faculty of Practice: Female Faculty Boundary Spanners Offering & Gaining Perspective." in ASEE Annual Conference. (1 2014).
  • Kajfez, R.; McNair, L.D. "Graduate student identity: A balancing act between roles." in American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (1 2014).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "Who are our graduate teaching assistants? A classification based on identity and motivation." in American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (1 2014).
  • Pilotte, M.K.; Bairaktarova, D.; Kajfez, R.L.; ASEE, "Panel: Faculty of Practice: Female Faculty Boundary Spanners Offering & Gaining Perspective." (1 2014).
  • Pilotte, M.K.; Bairaktarova, D.; Kajfez, R.L. "Panel: Faculty of practice: Female faculty boundary spanners offering & gaining perspective." (1 2014).
  • Helber, E.M.; Brockman, M.L.; Kajfez, R.L. "Gaming with LabVIEW: An attempt at a novel software design project for first-year engineers." in 6th First Year Engineering Experience, College Station, TX. (1 2014).

2013

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M.; IEEE, "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." (1 2013).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; ASEE, "Teaching Your First Large Lecture: Surviving with Attentive and Engaged Students." (1 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "The motivation and identity development of graduate teaching assistants: An examination of factors over an academic term in engineering." in American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (1 2013).
  • "TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants." (1 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "Graduate teaching assistants' views of their own teaching practice competence." in American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (1 2013).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Teaching your first large lecture: Surviving with attentive and engaged students." (9 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "The practical applications of understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant motivation and identity development." (12 2013).
  • Kajfez, R. L., McNair, L. D., & Adams, S. G. "TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants." (1 2013).
  • "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." in 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2013).
  • Kajfez,Rachel,L; Matusovich,Holly,M "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." in 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." in 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; McNair, L.D.; Adams, S.G. "TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants." in 5th Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA. (1 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "The practical applications of understanding graduate teaching assistant motivation and identity development." in 43rd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. (1 2013).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Teaching Your First Large Lecture: Surviving with Attentive and Engaged Students." in ASEE Annual Conference. (1 2013).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Teaching your first large lecture: Surviving with attentive and engaged students." in 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. (9 2013).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "The future possible selves of our graduate teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs." in 5th First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (1 2013).

2012

  • Reap, J.; Matusovich, H.M.; Louis, R.A.; ASEE, "AC 2012-4040: CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE: THE MOTIVATIONAL EFFECTS OF OPTIONAL PROJECTS IN AN INTRODUCTORY ENGINEERING CLASS." (1 2012).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M. "Work in progress: Describing the responsibilities of teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs." in Frontiers in Education. (1 2012).
  • Reap, J.; Matusovich, H.M.; Louis, R.A. "AC 2012-4040: CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE: THE MOTIVATIONAL EFFECTS OF OPTIONAL PROJECTS IN AN INTRODUCTORY ENGINEERING CLASS." in ASEE Annual Conference. (1 2012).
  • Louis, R.A.; Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Lee, W.C. "Wait...There is a Ph.D. in engineering education? The first-year experience of three students in an engineering education department." in American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Starkville, MS. (1 2012).
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Coso, A.E.; London, J.S.; Ngambeki, I.B. et al. "Exploring the reasons for collaboration and cooperation among graduate student researchers." in American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. (1 2012).

2011

  • Mistele, J.M.; Louis, R.A. "Exploring the middle school mathematics teacher student relationship." in American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Charleston, SC. (1 2011).
  • Louis, R.A.; McNair, L.D. "Graduate student identity in engineering and education: The creation of an identity construct." in 9th International ePortfolio and Identity Conference, London, UK. (1 2011).

2010

  • Louis, R.A.; Morin, B.; Cerrato, J.; Keidel, J. et al. "First-year engineering program: Student instructional leadership team." in American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (1 2010).