Integrated Search Menu

Nadia Kellam

Profile photo
Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
Affiliate Faculty Member; Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
Biography: 

Nadia Kellam (she/they) is associate professor of engineering within The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a faculty in the Engineering Education Systems and Design (EESD) PhD program and currently advises three doctoral students. Kellam is an engineering education researcher and a mechanical engineer. She is also deputy editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and co-chair of the newly formed American Society of Engineering Education’s Committee on Scholarly Publications. In her research she is broadly interested in developing critical understandings of the culture of engineering education and, especially, the experiences of marginalized undergraduate engineering students and engineering educators. She is a qualitative researcher who uses narrative research methods and positioning theory to understand undergraduate student and faculty member’s experiences in engineering education. 

Her current research focuses include developing an understanding of power and privilege within transdisciplinary faculty teams working on institutional change teams, engineering faculty with ADHD and the assets that they bring to their roles, and developing an understanding of gendered making and how makerspaces are experienced by engineering students from minoritized groups. Kellam is interested in curricular design and has developed design spines for environmental and mechanical engineering programs when she was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, and helped design the EESD PhD program at ASU. She teaches design courses, engineering science courses, and graduate courses focused on qualitative research methods. 

Outside of work, Kellam has many hobbies that keep her busy. She is a circus artist and her favorite circus discipline is flying trapeze, she flies and performs with the Roso Flyers in Chandler, Arizona. In addition, she does aerial arts with silks and rope as her preferred apparatuses. She loves anything with two wheels and she often shows up to the university with a helmet from her motorcycle or bicycle. She also enjoys rock climbing and riding her longboard and roller skates. Her recent new hobbies are ceramics (wheel throwing and hand building), gardening, and bird watching. She is also married to her partner, Robin, and enjoys cooking curries and eating delicious meals in the evening after days that are usually filled with work and adventures. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D.  Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina 2006. Dissertation: Embracing Complexity in Engineering Education 
  • M.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina 2004
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina 2002
  • B.S. Physics, minor: Math, College of Charleston 2002

 

Videos
Cutting away to a fulfilling life: TEDxUGA
Research Group: 

Dr. Kellam leads a vibrant research team, the Dream Team, that includes Dr. Brooke Coley (assistant professor), Dr. Audrey Boklage (research scientist), Dr. Anna Cirell (postdoctoral scholar), and Eunsil Lee (Engineering Education Systems and Design PhD student).  Drs. Coley and Boklage are integral parts of the research team and they have collaborated closely to work on previously funded projects and collaborated to secure two NSF-funded grants.  These include a $600,000 NSF-funded grant to explore whether university-affiliated makerspaces, while in their infancy, are perpetuating the heteronormative cultures of engineering schools and departments. The second is a $400,000 NSF_funded grant to conduct a narrative inquiry with community college students from underrepresented groups with plans to transfer to four-year engineering programs. Recently Anna Cirell, a postdoctoral scholar, has also joined her team and is contributing to both of these projects and co-teaching the Qualitative Research Methods for Engineering Education course.  Eunsil Lee is a PhD student in the Engineering Education Systems and Design program and is doing research to understand the impacts of international collaborations with international people from industry, the local community, and engineering students from a local university impacts the study abroad community service experiences of STEM students.

Publications: 

1)  Walther, J., Sochacka, N., Benson, L., Bumbaco, A., Kellam, N., Pawley, A., and Philips, C. (Accepted, In Press) Qualitative research quality – a collaborative inquiry from multiple methodological perspectives. Journal of Engineering Education.

2)  Cruz, J. & Kellam, N. (Accepted, In Press). Restructuring Structural Narrative Analysis Using Campbell's Monomyth to Understand Participant Narratives. Narrative Inquiry.

3)  Guyotte, K., Sochacka, N., Costantino, T., Kellam, N., and Walther, J. (2015). Collaborative Creativity in STEAM: Narratives of Art Education Students’ Experiences in Transdisciplinary Spaces. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 16(15), 1-38.

4)  Guyotte, K., Sochacka, N., Costantino, T., Walther, J. and Kellam, N. (2014). STEAM as Social Practice: Cultivating Creativity in Transdisciplinary Spaces. Art Education, 26(6), 12-19.

5)  Costantino, T., Guyotte, K., Kellam, N. and Walther J. (2014). Seeing Experiences of Interdisciplinarity through Student Artwork: Exploring Different Approaches to Analysis. International Review of Qualitative Research, 7(2), 217-35.

6)  Walther, J., N. Sochacka, and Kellam, N. (2013). Quality in interpretive engineering education research: Reflections on an Example Study. Journal of Engineering Education, 102(4), 626-59.

7)  Kellam, N. N., Walther, J., Costantino, T., and Cramond, B. (2013). Integrating the Engineering Curriculum through the Synthesis and Design Studio. Advances in Engineering Education, 3(3), 1-33.

8)  Gattie, D. K., Kellam, N. N., Schramski, J. R., & Walther, J. (2011). Engineering Education as a Complex System, European Journal of Engineering Education, 36(6), 521-35.

9)  Walther, J., Kellam, N. N., Sochacka, N, & Radcliffe, D., (2011). Engineering competence? An interpretive investigation of engineering students’ professional formation, Journal of Engineering Education, 100(4), 703-40.

10) Costantino, T., Kellam, N. N., Cramond, B., & Crowder, I. (2010). An interdisciplinary design studio: How can art and engineering collaborate to increase students' creativity. Art Education, 63(2), 49-53.

11) Schramski, J. R., Patten, B. C., Kazanci, C., Gattie, D. K., & Kellam, N. N. (2009). The Reynolds transport theorem: Application to ecological compartment modeling and case study of ecosystem energetics. Ecological Modelling, 220(22), 3225-32.

12) Kelley, T., & Kellam, N. N. (2009). A theoretical framework to guide the re-engineering of technology education. Journal of Technology Education, 20(2), 36-48.

13) Kellam, N. N., Maher, M. A., & Peters, W. H. (2008). The faculty perspective on holistic and systems thinking in American and Australian Mechanical Engineering programmes. European Journal of Engineering Education, 33(1), 45-57.

14) Gattie, D. K., Kellam, N. N., & Turk, H. J. (2007). Informing Ecological Engineering through Ecological Network Analysis, Ecological Modelling, and Concepts of Systems and Engineering Ecology. Ecological Modelling, 208(1), 25-40.

15) Kellam, N. N., Maher, M., Russell, J., Addison, V., & Peters, W. H. (2007). Benchmarking the Integration of Complex Systems Study in Mechanical Engineering Programs in the Southeastern United States. The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 35(3), 256-70.

16) Donath, L., Spray, R., Thompson, N. S., Alford, E. M., Kellam, N. N., & Matthews, M. A. (2005). Characterizing Discourse among Undergraduate Researchers in an Inquiry-Based Community of Practice. Journal of Engineering Education, 94(4), 403-17.

Research Activity: 

Since Dr. Kellam joined ASU in Fall 2014, the following are her funded research projects: 

2017-20     The untapped community: Community colleges as an opportunity to broaden participation in engineering, Nadia Kellam (PI), Brooke Coley (co-PI), & Audrey Boklage (senior personnel), 100%, $399,388, NSF# 1733716.

2016-19     Value through the Voices: Exploring Making and its Impact on Engineering Identity Formation of Underrepresented Groups, National Science Foundation, Nadia Kellam (PI), Brooke Coley (co-PI), & Audrey Boklage (senior personnel), 100%, $599,905, NSF# 1636475.

2015-20     IUSE/PFE: RED: Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking, National Science Foundation, *Ann McKenna, Nadia Kellam, Micah Lande, Samantha Brunhaver, co-PI, 14%, $1,993,593, NSF# 1519339.

2015-16     “A Long Way Coming”—Understanding Engineering Educators’ Transformations to Student-Centered Teaching, National Science Foundation, *Nadia Kellam, PI, 100%, $183,564 at ASU (original award at UGA: $400,000), NSF#s: 1329300 & 1542531.

*This grant was initially awarded at UGA in 2013 and was transferred to ASU.

2015-16     Connected Ways of Knowing: Uncovering the Role of Emotion in Engineering Student Learning, National Science Foundation, *Nadia Kellam, PI, 100%, $138,783 at ASU (original award at UGA: $300,000), NSF#s: 1160350 & 1541358.

*This grant was initially awarded at UGA in 2012 and was transferred to ASU.

2015-16     University of Washington, Consortium to promote reflection in engineering education, PI, $3,300.

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 792Research
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 217Engr Mechanics Fundamentals
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 784Internship
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 792Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 201Use-Inspired Design Project I
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 217Engr Mechanics Fundamentals
EGR 565Qualitative Meth in Eng Ed
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 535Engineer Innovation/Entrepren
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 565Qualitative Meth in Eng Ed
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 535Engineer Innovation/Entrepren
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 217Engr Mechanics Fundamentals
EGR 565Qualitative Meth in Eng Ed
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 535Engineer Innovation/Entrepren
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 217Engr Mechanics Fundamentals
EGR 565Qualitative Meth in Eng Ed
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation