CLEMSON — Lisa Benson of Clemson University is beginning to make plans for her five-year term as editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, the nation’s premier publication for research in the field.

Benson, a professor of engineering and science education, said part of her job will be to review the more-than 250 scholarly manuscripts sent to the journal each year.

Lisa Benson of Clemson University is starting a five-year term as editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.

Lisa Benson of Clemson University is starting a five-year term as editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.

“That’s part of the excitement of this job,” she said. “I will be helping to shape the field of engineering education. An added bonus is that I will be able to bring that back to our department and make our department better than ever.

“It will also be good in terms of publicity for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, and I would like to acknowledge the support of Dean Gramopadhye. Without his support, I would not have been able to pursue this opportunity.”

The American Society of Engineering Education announced in April that Benson will be succeeding Michael Loui of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as editor.

Benson previously served as a reviewer, associate editor and deputy editor under Loui.

As editor, Benson will be playing a key role in selecting what research goes into the journal, which publishes quarterly with six to eight articles per issue. She will review submissions and send the ones that show promise for publication to associate editors.

Manuscripts that pass associate editors’ inspection get sent out for peer review, then back to the editor for a final decision on whether or not they are publication-ready.

“This journal is our voice,” Benson said. “There are so many people doing amazing work in engineering education research and the goal of the journal is to get that work out there in a way that’s accessible to lots of people.”

Cindy Lee, chair of the engineering and science education department, congratulated Benson.

“The Journal of Engineering Education is the gold standard for researchers in engineering education to disseminate their findings,” Lee said. “Dr. Benson is passionate about advancing knowledge in the field and is well positioned to make a big contribution.”

Benson is a founding member of Clemson’s engineering and science education department and has a dual appointment in the bioengineering department.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of student motivation and their learning experiences.

Benson’s projects focus on student perceptions, beliefs and attitudes about becoming engineers and scientists; epistemic cognition; development of problem-solving skills; and student-centered active learning. She has been an active ASEE member since 2005.

As editor, Benson is planning to start a mentored reviewer program for the journal. In a similar program in engineering and science education at Clemson, graduate students meet weekly with faculty mentors over a brown bag lunch to review and discuss journal articles.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the college, said Benson’s honor is well-deserved.

“Her position as editor of the Journal of Engineering Education is a testament to her hard work and leadership in the field of engineering education,” he said. “I congratulate her.”

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