Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Jan DeWaters has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter School Engineering and the Institute for STEM Education.
DeWaters teaches interdisciplinary engineering science courses that engage students in exploring engineering, technology, and energy issues, and is an engineering studies advisor, working primarily with Clarkson’s first-year engineering students.
Her research interests include the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based teaching practices in STEM education and the broader impacts on students’ retention and sense of belonging, particularly among women.
She is also involved in educational efforts to improve environmental and energy literacy. This research produced the award-winning middle school project-based energy curriculum Energy Systems and Solutions. Her energy literacy questionnaire, also developed as part of that research, has been adapted for use in various research and education endeavors around the globe.
DeWaters’ research has been funded with grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Engineering Information Foundation, and the Helmsley Foundation.
She has authored or co-authored 11 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her work at more than 50 national and international conferences. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. For the past five years, she has served as the faculty advisor for Clarkson’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers
In 2014, she was awarded the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education's Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator award in recognition of her achievements in improving engineering education and pathways for women into engineering careers.
DeWaters earned her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Hampshire, her master of science in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from Clarkson.
She also holds a teaching license in secondary science education. Before joining the Clarkson faculty in 2011, she was the curriculum coordinator for Clarkson’s NSF-funded GK-12 educational outreach program. Prior to her time at Clarkson, she was an environmental engineering consultant.