Call for Distinguished Topical Plenary

The ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Committee welcomes faculty, staff, graduate students, and practitioners to share their expertise in promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments in engineering education and the workplace.


We are accepting nominations for the ASEE CDEI Topical Plenary at the 2024 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The nominee must:
  • Be an emerging leader in engineering education at any stage of your career
  • Demonstrate expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrate expertise in giving an engaging presentation
Please submit your nomination by Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Whether your nominee is selected or not, you will receive a response from the committee chair notifying you whether we decided to move forward with your nomination no later than Friday, December 1, 2023.


Note: One of the criteria is for the nominee to be an emerging leader in engineering education. We intended for this criterion to welcome scholars and practitioners, at any stage of their career, who have made varying contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and can provide insights about how to transform our institutions in ways that lead to small and large-scale change to the desired outputs, outcomes, and impacts for the broader engineering education community. 
Compensation: At this time, we are unable to confirm whether we can provide an honorarium to the distinguished speaker for their time and expertise, due to budget constraints. However, we are in the process of determining if ASEE can at least waive the registration fee for the distinguished speaker. Once we have more details, we will notify the individual selected to serve as the CDEI Distinguished Topical Plenary Speaker. We acknowledge how soliciting an unpaid speaking engagement (re)produces inequities and are seeking ways to rectify this prevailing issue.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our professional development committee chair, Dr. Brianna Benedict McIntyre (bbmcintyre@vt.edu).

2023 Distinguished Topical Plenary

Dr. Jeremy Magruder Waisome
I Know That’s Right: The Importance of Critical Mentorship in Engineering Education
Sponsored by: Chevron Corporation