Engineering and Social Justice: Visions for the Community of Practice


The Community of Practice (CoP) in Engineering and Social Justice seeks to expand the conversation about engineers’ professional and ethical responsibilities to include engineering as a sociotechnical field and considerations of social justice. Engineers typically receive training that enables them to recognize their professional and ethical responsibilities in broader environmental and societal contexts. However, both "professionalism" and "ethics" are often too narrowly construed to address considerations of social justice. This CoP aims to expand our thinking about engineering as a sociotechnical practice and ways that engineers can develop engineering solutions that respect society and all its members. This webinar will discuss plans to achieve these aims.

The webinar will be a conversation between the OEC Fellows leading this CoP:


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Britt Holbrook 

J. Britt Holbrook (Ph.D., philosophy, 2004) is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Ethics and Responsible Research at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research combines topics relevant to contemporary science policy (open science, open access, altmetrics, broader impacts requirements for grants) and of perennial concern (ethics education, peer review, academic freedom, the role of the university in society). Holbrook served on the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility from 2012 – 2018, as a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Indicators for Open Science in 2019, and as a founding Fellow of the Online Ethics Center Community of Practice on Engineering and Social Justice beginning in 2022.

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Elliot P. Douglas

Dr. Elliot P. Douglas is Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Engineering Education, and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida. His research interests are in engineering problem solving, diversity and inclusion, and social justice for engineering ethics. He is an ASEE Fellow and currently serves on the ASEE Board of Directors as PIC I Chair. Dr. Douglas has served as Associate Editor and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Chair of the Educational Research & Methods Division of ASEE, and Program Director for Engineering Education at the U.S. National Science Foundation. He received S.B. degrees from MIT in 1988 and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1993.


The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Caitlin Wylie, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

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