San José State University gets $2.5 million commitment to further engineering education

San José State University has announced a $2.5 million gift commitment from the Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation to establish the first Carolyn Guidry Professorship for Engineering Education in the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.

The Mark and Carolyn Guidry Family: A Lasting Legacy.The Mark and Carolyn Guidry Family: A Lasting Legacy.

The Carolyn Guidry Professorship for Engineering Education is aimed at attracting a national leader in engineering education and higher education research to the Davidson College of Engineering.

“We are grateful for the commitment to engineering education demonstrated by this generous gift from the Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation,” says Dean Andrew Hsu. “In creating this endowment, the Guidry family is establishing a lasting legacy that will strengthen the university’s position as a national leader in pedagogical innovation. The Davidson College is known for its hands-on learning environment and its use of new technologies in the classroom. Our success in the pioneering flipped classroom model has attracted national and international attention. The Guidry Professorship will further enhance the outstanding efforts of our faculty in the area of engineering education research.

“More importantly,” Hsu continues, “because of this gift, our graduates will be better prepared to tackle the world’s toughest problems and excel in our global economy.”

According to Hsu, the Guidry Professor will conduct research in approaches and strategies for engineering teaching and learning, which will result in best practices for improving retention and achieving learning outcomes for engineering students. In addition, the Guidry professor will work closely with faculty and staff in the Engineering Student Success Center, freshman engineering, and the various engineering departments to analyze, design and implement student success programs.

A national search for the Carolyn Guidry Professor of Engineering Education will begin this fall.