Attaway Named Director of Curricular Assessment and Improvement

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Stormy Attaway
Stormy Attaway

Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen named Professor Stormy Attaway the Director of Curricular Assessment and Improvement earlier this month. Attaway will take on tasks including improvement of the engineering curricula in this position, in addition to continuing her role as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“This is a new position charged with overseeing and insuring the quality of our curricular assessment and improvement programs so as to better the academic experience of our undergraduates,” said Lutchen. “Stormy is taking on a critical task to identify, implement and coordinate best practices across the College.”

In her new position, Attaway will begin by soliciting feedback from the constituents of the curricula – faculty, students and alumni. Trends and themes in their responses will inform decisions on how to modify the undergraduate programs, to best serve engineering students throughout their education and as they venture into employment or graduate school. 

“We are always asking, ‘What can we do to improve the undergraduate educational experience?’” said Attaway.

Attaway’s goal of continually refining the undergraduate curricula will also aid in the College’s assessment processes. As the College’s programs and departments have become more interconnected, faculty and students move more freely among Engineering programs and disciplines, so Attaway will work towards standardizing assessment methods among the departments.

“Professor Attaway has extensive experience with undergraduate and accreditation issues as Associate Chair of Manufacturing Engineering,” said Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Solomon Eisenberg. “This appointment will go a long way towards rationalizing our approach to assessing and improving our undergraduate programs. Additionally, the fact that she has taught the freshman engineering computation course to virtually every engineering undergraduate since 1989 puts her in a unique position to reach out to current students and our alumni.”

Since the continuous improvement process is integral to the accreditation of the undergraduate programs, an additional task for Attaway will be overseeing the preparation of the self-study reports for the next review by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in Fall 2009.

Professor Attaway can be reached at sa@bu.edu.  Her office is located at 110 Cummington Street, Room 112.  She welcomes input from faculty and students on the undergraduate curricula.