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Rachel Kajfez

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

About

Rachel Kajfez conducts research in the area of engineering education.  Specifically she is interested in investigating the connection between motivation and identity.  Her work ranges from first-year engineering to graduate students, and she typically employs mixed methods in her studies.  She is also interested in the research to practice cycle where her research directly informs her teaching and her teaching informs her research.

Honors

  • January, 2018

    Best Student Paper Award.

  • January, 2018

    Emerging Community Engagement 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.

  • January, 2014

    Departmental Nominee for the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Journal Articles

2019

  • Porter, T.; West, M.E.; Kajfez, R.L.; Malone, K.L. et al., 2019, "The effect of teacher professional development on implementing engineering in elementary schools." Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research 9, no. 2, 64-71 - 64-71.

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.; 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.
  • 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

  • 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."
  • "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,
  • "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,
  • "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

  • Christy, A.; Johnson, T.; Kalish, A.; Grzybowski, D.M. et al. "Backward Design of a New Graduate Program: A Case Study." in 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. (8 2019).
  • Kajfez, R.; Kecskemety, K.; Desing, R.; Grzybowski, D. "Unleashing EML in the First-Year: Activities for Engaging Your First-Year Engineering Students." in 2019 KEEN National Conference. (1 2019).

2018

  • Clark, A.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J. "Work in progress: Baseline survey about community and identity." (6 2018).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Clark, A.M. "Establishing a baseline and future plans for exploring engineering community and identity." (6 2018).
  • Benson, L.; Faber, C.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kennedy, M.S. et al. "Engineering student perspectives on research and what it means to be a researcher." (6 2018).
  • Porter, T.; West, M.E.; Kajfez, R.L.; Malone, K.L. et al. "The effect of teachers' professional development on implementing engineering in elementary schools (RTP)." (6 2018).
  • Tanner, K.R.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Chemical engineering major selection throughout the first year: A mixed-methods approach." (6 2018).
  • Renee Desing, ; Rachel Louis Kajfez, ; Krista M Kecskemety, ; Deborah M. Grzybowski, et al. "Mapping Entrepreneurial Minded Learning with the Longitudinal Model of Motivation and Identity in First-Year Engineering." (7 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).

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).
  • 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.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.; 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).
  • 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." 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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

2015

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M.; Kross, M. "Electronic notebooks to document the engineering design process: From platform to impact." (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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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.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).
  • 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).

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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • "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 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).

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

  • 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).
  • 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).

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).