Community of Practice in Action (CoPA)

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Virtual Community of Practice in Action to Address Social Responsibility in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum.

We want to invite you to become part of a new virtual Community of practice in Action (CoPA) starting in the third week of September 2022. CoPA will provide professional development opportunities to help faculty develop their skills in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, primarily to address Social Responsibility skills in their classroom. The goal is to support participants in developing an education research idea, selecting implementation methods, evaluation, and final dissemination.

Motivation. There is a national call by organizations such as AIChE, ASEE, and ABET to create learning environments that foster social responsibility skills in chemical engineers. Since the early 1990’s chemical engineers have led the way in creating professional development for faculty, students, and industry professionals in human and chemical safety. However, there is still a need to develop resources that address other aspects of social responsibility in the chemical engineering curriculum.

What is CoPA’s professional benefit? Faculty will be required to be a member of CoPA for an 8th-month period to be able to develop and execute a full project and build community with their cohort. Biweekly meetings will include workshops, webinars, and project support working sessions. Workshops and webinars will be recorded for future reference in their projects.

The participants will receive a completion certificate indicating contact hours in professional development. Also, a letter for their tenure and promotion dossier recognizing their service to AIChE and ASEE. Finally, to broaden the impact of the participants, their instructional materials will be shared in an open-access repository.

Registration. Please fill out the following CoPA Sign-up Form or you can copy the following link and paste on your browser:

We will contact you soon to share more information. Please share with others if you can. For questions, contact Dr. Sindia M. Rivera-Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education and Chemical Engineering affiliate at

We look forward to having you!