Dr. Kanton Reynolds

Dr. Kanton Reynolds

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Phone: 919-515-0605
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EGR 590 613 Diversity & Social Justice in Engineering Education

3 Credit Hours

This course covers issues related to gender, race, class, sexuality, culture, and ethnicity as associated with recruiting, persistence, and retention for a diverse population of engineering students. In addition, this course will examine methodologies and pedagogies that can help eliminate barriers to success for these groups. The course will also provide insight as to the disparate impacts of structural inequities as related to access to resources for underrepresented populations across the various engineering disciplines.


Graduate students or undergraduates with Senior standing. Degree or course of study in an engineering discipline or education with a focus on STEM.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to provide a framework that prepares students to lead and administer engineering education and related courses as well as co-curricular learning engagements that prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds to be successful in their chosen area of study. It seeks to provide a framework and ecosystem that will complement both formal coursework as well as experiential activities that build upon the stated engineering competencies in the various disciplines. The course will also examine engineering phenomena with an emphasis on ensuring equitable outcomes for historically disenfranchised groups.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the requisite skills to become effective innovators and agents of change in engineering education.
  • Distinguish between the adaptive and pedagogical challenges of engineering education.
  • Describe the conceptual frameworks for implementing effective engineering educational practices.
  • Develop and apply high impact practices to improve persistence and retention for underrepresented groups in engineering curricula.
  • Create effective engineering education frameworks that cultivate a sense of community and belonging for all students.

Course Requirements

Individual Written Assignments/Book Chapter Reviews 20%
Journal Papers Reviews/Reports 30%
Reflections/Reading Assignments & Summaries 20%
Case Studies 30%
Total 100%


McGee, E.O. (2020).  Black, Brown & Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation.  Harvard Education Press.  978-1682535356. $32


Baillie, C., Pawley, A. & Riley, D. (2012).  Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond. Purdue University Press.  $48.75


Harvard Business Publishing Education Course pack.  $TBD

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Updated 03/18/2021