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Patricia A. Carlson

Professor of American Literature and Director of PRISM
Dr. Patricia Carlson teaches a variety of courses involving genres of American literature. Her areas of expertise include new media and organizational change, risk communication and ethics, and human communication. She is the founding director of the Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program, which provides resources and professional development to middle school teachers in STEM areas. Dr. Carlson has been recognized as a finalist for Indiana͛s top STEM sector award, TechPoint͛s Mira Award. She has several years of industry experience working for NASA and various branches of the military. She taught at the University of Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar and has received the Board of Trustees͛ Outstanding Scholar Award. She also advises the Blue Key Honor Society and Tri Delta sorority.

Teaching Interests

  • Composition
  • Rhetoric of the entrepreneur
  • Science fiction
  • Images of the business person in literature
  • Ethics in human communication

Research Experiences

  • Computers as cognitive tools in education
  • Designing professional development for K-12 STEM
  • Rhetoric and entrepreneurship
  • Computer-mediated peer review

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “A K-12 Moodle User Community:  A Seven Year Comparison,” International EDMEDIA Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2015 
  • “E-Mentoring High School Students for Academic Success,” International EDMEDIA Conference, Tampere, Finland, 2014  (Awarded Outstanding Paper)
  • “Using Social Networking to Mentor 9th-grade Girls for Academic Success and Engineering Career Awareness,” ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, June 2013
  • “Improving Engineering Education with Enhanced Calibrated Peer Review Assessment of a Collaborative Research Project,” ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, June 2012
  • “Nine Years of Calibrated Peer Review in Rhetoric and Engineering Design,” ASEE Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2011
  • “Merging Science Inquiry and Engineering Design:  A Summer Workshop Series for Middle and High School Science Teachers,” Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, October 2011
  • Carlson, P. A. and Berry, F.C. (2010). “Assessing Engineering Design Experiences Using Calibrated Peer Review,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(6), 1503-1507, 2010
  • Carlson, P. A. and Berry, F.C., “Using Computer-Mediated Peer Review in an Engineering Design Course,” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 51(3), 264-279, 2008
  • “Wonders of the Invisible Workplace:  IT and Process Reinvention,” Journal of Universal Computer Science, 6(3), 256-271, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1989
  • Fulbright Professorship, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1975-76
  • Awarded over $5,000,000 in grants for activities in K-12 outreach programs implemented through PRISM and investigating various aspects of integrating computer-mediated writing into engineering education
  • Excellence in Service Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • National Research Council Senior Associate, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory- Intelligent Systems Branch, San Antonio
  • Awarded 10 ASEE/NASA, ASEE/Air Force, and ASEE/Army Faculty Summer Research Program

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Duke University, English Literature and Language
  • MA, Duke University, English
  • BA, College of William and Mary, English