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Rachel Kajfez

  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Engineering Education
  • 321 Hitchcock Hall
    2070 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-2892

About

Ph.D., Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2013

M.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2010

B.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2008

 

Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods in research, and innovative approaches to teaching. If you would like to learn more about her research group or the specific projects they are working on, visit https://u.osu.edu/rimetime/. You can also learn more about the Toy Adaptation Program (TAP), of which Dr. Kajfez is a co-director, at https://u.osu.edu/osutap.

Current Funding

  1. Gopalakrishnan, S., Nandi, A., Kajfez, R., & Meyer, J. (9/2018-8/2021). “Convergent Learning from Divergent Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Informal Science Communication,” Funded Grant Proposal: National Science Foundation. $1,206,073.
  2. Kajfez, R. L. (PI) & Riter, E. A. (3/2018-3/2019). “Toy Adaptation Program (TAP),” Funded Grant Proposal: GPD Foundation. $5,000.
  3. Cox, M. F., Abrams, L. M., Kajfez, R. L., Kecskemety, K. M., Rogers, P. F., Christy, A. D., & Grzybowski, D. M. (OSU Co-PI) (11/07/2017-03/31/2019). “Exploring the Impacts of Entrepreneurial Minded Learning (EML) on Student Motivation and Identity from Pilot to Scale in a First-Year Engineering Course,” Funded Grant Proposal: Kern Family Foundation. $293,707.
  4. Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. & Kajfez, R. L. (OSU PI) (7/1/2017-06/30/2020). “Collaborative Research: Understanding Engineering Pathways and Their Impact on Community and Identity,” Funded Grant Proposal: National Science Foundation. $348,737 (OSU: $162,336).
  5. Benson, L. C., Kajfez, R.L. (OSU PI), Kennedy, M. S., & Vargas, P. (9/2015-8/2019). “Collaborative Research: Student Perspectives on Researcher Identity and Transformed Epistemologies (SPRITE),” Funded Grant Proposal: National Science Foundations. $412,490 (OSU: $89,142).

Honors

  • June, 2014

    Educational Research Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant.

  • January, 2014

    Departmental Nominee for the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Journal Articles

2018

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M.; Miller, E.; Gustafson, K. et al., 2018, "First-year engineering students' perceptions of engineering disciplines: A qualitative investigation." International Journal of Engineering Education

2017

  • Kajfez, R.; Matusovich, H.M., 2017, "Competence, autonomy, and relatedness as motivators of graduate teaching assistants." Journal of Engineering Education 106, no. 2, 245-272 - 245-272.

2016

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Matusovich, H.M.; Lee, W.C., 2016, "Designing developmental experiences for graduate teaching assistants using a holistic model for motivation and identity." International Journal of Engineering Education 32, no. 3, 1208-1221 - 1208-1221.
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Kross, M.; Kecskemety, K., 2016, "Electronic notebooks to document the engineering design process: From platform to impact." Computers in Education Journal 7, no. 1, 37-45 - 37-45.

2015

  • Brown, P.R.; McCord, R.E.; Matusovich, H.M.; Kajfez, R.L., 2015, "The use of motivation theory in engineering education research: a systematic review of literature." European Journal of Engineering Education 40, no. 2, 186-205 - 186-205.

2013

  • Lee, W. C., Kajfez, R. L., & Matusovich, H. M., 2013, "Motivating engineering students: Evaluating an engineering student support center with the MUSIC model of academic motivation." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 19, no. 3, 245-271 - 245-271.
  • Kajfez, R.L.; Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Brown, P.R.; Mann, K.A. et al., 2013, "Assessing graduate engineering programs with eportfolios: A comprehensive design process." Advances in Engineering Education 3, no. 3,

2012

  • Louis, R.A.; Mistele, J.M., 2012, "The differences in scores and self-efficacy by student gender in mathematics and science." The International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education 10, no. 5, 1163-1190 - 1163-1190.

Presentations

  • "A pathway to being a professor: Lessons learned & things i wish i knew." 2014, Presented at Green Engineering Scholars Meeting,
  • "Work in progress - Identity development of first-year engineering students through a summer college prep program."
  • "Exploring the reasons for collaboration and cooperation among graduate student researchers."
  • "Integrating Engineering Education Research and Entrepreneurial Minded Learning in Undergraduate Engineering." 2018, Presented at KEEN National Conference,
  • "A multi-institution comparison of identity development as an engineer."

Papers in Proceedings

2018

  • Tanner, K.R.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Chemical engineering major selection throughout the first year: A mixed-methods approach." (6 2018).

2017

  • Malone, K.L.; Schuchardt, A.M.; Irwin, C.R.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Work in progress: Engineering design in secondary biology." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • McAlister, A.M.; Lee, D.M.; Ehlert, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Qualitative coding: An approach to assess inter-rater reliability." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • Benson, L.C.; Faber, C.J.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kennedy, M.S. et al. "Assessing students' researcher identity and epistemic cognition." in 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. (1 2017).
  • West, M.M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E. "Engagement in practice: One program's approach to creating a strong network." (6 2017).
  • West, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Anthony, A.; Greene, H. et al. "Self-efficacy of teaching engineering: Does TEK8 help or hinder?." in 47th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN. (1 2017).

2016

  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Kajfez, R.L. "Aeronautical and astronautical engineering major selection in first-year engineering students." in 54th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, San Diego, CA. (1 2016).
  • Irving, K.E.; Malone, K.; Tiarani, V.; Giasi, T. et al. "The EiE-Ohio project: Building 21st century learners in high needs elementary school." in 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. (1 2016).
  • Mollica, M.; Kajfez, R.L.; Riter, E.; West, M. et al. "Community service as a means of engineering inspiration: An initial investigation into the impact of the toy adaptation program." in 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. (6 2016).
  • Faber, C.J.; Benson, L.C.; Kennedy, M.S.; Kajfez, R.L. et al. "Understanding undergraduate engineering researchers and how they learn." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).
  • Theiss, A.H.; Robertson, J.E.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. et al. "Engineering major selection: An examination of initial choice and switching throughout the first year." in 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. (6 2016).
  • Stavridis, O.; Kajfez, R.; Riter, E.A.; Mollica, M.Y. "Modeling real-world objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).
  • Paulson, J.L.; Kajfez, R.L.; Kecskemety, K.M. "Examining engineering students' major selection: Developing baseline quantitative results to investigate major selection and change." in 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA. (11 2016).

2015

  • Kajfez, R.L.; Mohammadi-Argah, M.J. "Comparing common and discipline-specific first-year engineering programs: Examining the need and explaining the study." in 45th ASEE/ISEE Frontiers in Education Conference, El Paso, TX. (12 2015).
  • Harper, K.A.; Zierden, H.; Wegman, K.; Kecskemety, K.M. et al. "Teaching assistant professional development through design: Why they participate and how they benefit." in 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. (1 2015).
  • Kecskemety, K.M.; Theiss, A.H.; Kajfez, R.L. "Enhancing TA grading of technical writing: A look back to better understand the future." in 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. (1 2015).

2013

  • "The Practical Applications of Understanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Motivation and Identity Development." in 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). (1 2013).
  • Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J.; Kajfez, R.L. "Teaching your first large lecture: Surviving with attentive and engaged students." in 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. (9 2013).
  • "TEaCH TALKS: Pedagogical training for graduate teaching assistants." (1 2013).