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Rachel Kajfez

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

Honors

  • January, 2018

    Best Student Paper Award.

  • January, 2018

    Emerging Community Engagement Award.

  • May, 2017

    Outstanding Service to the Department Award.

  • January, 2017

    Outstanding Service to the Department.

  • January, 2017

    Best Paper Award.

  • January, 2016

    Departmental Nominee for David C. McCarthy Teaching Award.

  • January, 2015

    Center Nominee for David McCarthy Teaching Award.

  • June, 2014

    Educational Research Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant.

Journal Articles

2018

  • 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.
  • 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

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.; 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 2013, Assessing graduate engineering programs with eportfolios: A comprehensive design process. Advances in Engineering Education 3, no. 3,
  • 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,
  • 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,

2012

  • 2012, "THE DIFFERENCES IN SCORES AND SELF-EFFICACY BY STUDENT GENDER IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION 10, no. 5,
  • 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

  • "A pathway to being a professor: Lessons learned & things i wish i knew." 2014, Presented at Green Engineering Scholars Meeting,
  • "Work in progress - Identity development of first-year engineering students through a summer college prep program."
  • "Chocolate challenge: The motivational effects of optional projects in an introductory engineering class." Presented at 119th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX,
  • "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,
  • "Toying with accessibility." 2015, Presented at Arena Tech Night,
  • "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,
  • "What is engineering education? And what is it like to be a GTA?." 2014, Presented at FABE 7220: College Teaching in Engineering,
  • "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,
  • "Integrating Engineering Education Research and Entrepreneurial Minded Learning in Undergraduate Engineering." 2018, Presented at KEEN National Conference,
  • "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

2019

  • Kramer, A.; Wallwey, C.; Thanh, G.; Dringenberg, E.A. et al. "A Narrative-Style Exploration of Undergraduate Engineering Students' Beliefs about Smartness and Identity." in Frontiers in Education Annual Conference. (1 2019).

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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • West, M.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E. "Engagement in practice: One program's approach to creating a strong network." (6 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).
  • 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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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).
  • "TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants." (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).
  • "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." in 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (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

  • 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.; Matusovich, H.M. "Work in progress: Describing the responsibilities of teaching assistants in first-year engineering programs." in Frontiers in Education. (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).