Ruth Wertz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of General Engineering

Gellersen Hall, Room 127
219.464.6965
ruth.wertz@valpo.edu

Education

B.S.C.E- Trine University (formerly Tri-State University)
M.S.C.E- Purdue University
Ph.D.- Engineering Education , Purdue University

Courses Taught

  • Engineering Seminar
  • Ethical Decisions in Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Mechanics-Statics

Research Interests

  • Design of engineering curriculum
  • Development of engineering online learning environments
  • Research of effective pedagogies for engineering classrooms

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • National/Indiana Society of Professional Engineers

Publications

  • Refereed Journal Articles:
    Wertz, R. E. H., Fosmire, M.J., Purzer, Ş., & Cardella, M. E. (2013). Assessing information literacy skills demonstrated in an engineering design task, Journal of Engineering Education, 102(4), 557-602.
  • Book Chapters:Purzer, Ş. & Wertz, R. E. H. (2014). Scaffold and assess: Preparing students to be informed designers. In M. Fosmire & D. Radcliffe (Eds.), Integrating information literacy into the engineering design process (185-193). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.
  • Recent Refereed Conference Papers:Wertz, R. E. H. (2015). What is learning presence and what can it tell us about success in learning online? In Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Madrid, Spain: IEEE.Purzer, Ş., Fosmire, M. J., Van Epps, A. S., Wertz, R. E. H., & Douglas, K. A. (2014). Information literacy skill development and assessment in engineering. In proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Indianapolis, IN: ASEE.Douglas, K. A., Wertz, R. E. H., Fosmire, M. J., Purzer, Ş., & Van Epps, A. S. (2014). First year and junior engineering students’ self-assessment of information literacy skills. In proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Indianapolis, IN: ASEE.Fosmire, M. J., Purzer, Ş., Wertz, R. E. H., & Van Epps, A. S. (2013). Assessing lifelong learning: The role of information gathering and application skills. In proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Oklahoma City, OK: IEEE.

    Van Epps, A. S., Wertz, R. E. H., Fosmire, M. J., & Purzer, Ş. (2013). Measuring students’ ability to find and use high quality information: Developing standardized assessments. In proceedings of the IEEE Professional Communication Conference. Chicago, IL: IEEE.

    Wertz, R. E. H. (2013). Theory to practice: A reflection on the application of engineering education coursework to new course development. In proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Atlanta, GA: ASEE.

    Wertz, R. E. H., Fosmire, M. J., Purzer, Ş., Saragih, A., Van Epps, A. S., Sapp Nelson, M. R., & Dillman, B. G. (2013). Work in Progress: Critical thinking and information literacy: Assessing student performance. In proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Atlanta, GA: ASEE.

    Fila, N. D. & Wertz, R. E. H. (2013). Toward evaluating the content, assessment, and pedagogy in instructional laboratories [Best Paper, Honorable Mention]. In proceedings of the ASEE IL/IN Section Conference. Angola, IN: ASEE.

    Wertz, R. E. H., Saragih, A., Fosmire, M. J., & Purzer, Ş. (2013). An evaluation of the Critical Engineering Literacy Test instrument through item analysis and comparison to the Critical Assessment Test [Best Paper, Honorable Mention]. In proceedings of the ASEE IL/IN Section Conference. Angola, IN: ASEE.

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