Dr. Rachel McCord is a Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in the Engineering Fundamentals Program in the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her research interests include the development of metacognitive skills and self-regulated learning in engineering students, research methods for studying metacognition, and ways to bridge the research-practice cycle gap. Dr. McCord has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, all from the University of Tennessee. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her career vision is to develop life-long learning skills among a diverse population of engineering students through the improvement of metacognitive abilities.
America is facing a crisis of underrepresented minorities (URMs) entering the field of engineering, which can be traced back to their elementary and secondary school preparation (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, 2014). With competitive admission criteria, our URMs are not obtaining the necessary admission criteria to be accepted into most engineering programs across […]