Lisa McNair, Ph.D.
371 Goodwin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Chicago, 2002
M.A. English, University of Georgia, 1992
B.A. English, University of Georgia, 1985
- Integrative curriculum development and assessment/li>
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity/li>
- Interdisciplinary communication and collaboration/li>
- Linguistic methods for research and teaching/li>
- K-25 informal education in STEM and Art & Design
My research explores ways to promote teaching and learning across different fields.
I design educational environments that support integrative learning, and I
investigate ways to embed strategies of assessment and evaluation. I am interested
in how communication and collaboration play roles in these diverse settings,
including a range of formal and informal experiences, in academia, the community,
Lisa D. McNair is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech,
co-Director of the VT Engineering Communication Center (VTECC), a Catalyst
Faculty Leader at the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT), and a
Provost's Pathways Scholar. Her degrees include a PhD from the University of
Chicago in Linguistics, and an M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of
Georgia. She is currently involved in developing an integrative Pathways Minor in
Innovation, working across several colleges at Virginia Tech in the Provost's new
general education initiative. Her projects supported by the National Science
Foundation include exploring disciplines as cultures, interdisciplinary pedagogy for
pervasive computing design; writing-to- learn in Statics courses; as well as a
CAREER award to explore the use of e-portfolios to promote holistic professional
identity and reflective practice. Her teaching emphasizes the roles of engineers as
communicators and educators, the foundations and evolution of the engineering
education discipline, assessment methods, and using linguistic methods for research
Awards & Honors
- 2015-16 Pathways Scholar, Provost's Office, Virginia Tech
2014 Nunnally Award for Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member
2014 Best Paper, ASEE Graduate Studies Division (with McCord, Hixson, & Ingram)
2013 Virginia Tech UOPD Management Academy
2012 XCaliber Award for excellence as an interdisciplinary group involved with
2011 NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2007 Helen Plants Award for Best Nontraditional Session at Frontiers in Education
(with Borrego & Newswander)
2000-2002 Brittain Fellow, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture,
Groen, C., McNair, L.D., and Paretti, M.C. (2015). Prototypes and the Politics of the
Artefact: Visual Explorations of Design Interactions in Teaching Spaces.
McNair, L.D., Davitt, M., and Batten, G. (2015). Outside the 'Comfort Zone': Impacts of
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Research, Pedagogy, and
Disciplinary Knowledge Production. Engineering Studies, forthcoming April
Svyantek, M.V., Kajfez, R. L., and McNair, L.D. (2015). "Teaching vs. Research: An
Approach to Understanding Graduate Students' Roles through ePortfolio
Reflection." International Journal of ePortfolio 5.2: 135-154.
Matusovich, H., Paretti, M.C., McNair, L.D., and Hixson, C. (2014). Faculty Motivation:
A Gateway to Transforming Engineering Education. Journal of Engineering
Education 103(2): 302-330.
Paretti, M., McNair, L.D., and Leydens, J. (2014). Engineering communication. In A.
Johri and B. Olds (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Borrego, M., Karlin, J., Beddoes, K., and McNair L.D. (2013). Team Effectiveness
Theory from Industrial and Organizational Psychology Applied to Engineering
Student Project Teams: A Research Review. Journal of Engineering Education
Paretti, M.C. and McNair, L.D. (2012). Analyzing the intersections of institutional and
discourse identities in engineering work at the local level. Engineering Studies
Martin, T., Kim, K., Forsyth, J., McNair, L.D., Coupey, E., and Dorsa, E. (2011).
Discipline-based instruction to promote interdisciplinary design of wearable and
pervasive computing products. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. (DOI)
McNair, L.D., Newswander, C., Boden, D. and Borrego, M. (2011). Faculty and Student
Interdisciplinary Identities in Self-Managed Teams. Journal of Engineering
Education, 100(2) 274-296.
McNair, L.D. and Paretti, M.C. (2010). Activity theory, speech acts, and the 'doctrine
of infelicity': Connecting language and technology in globally networked learning
environments. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 24(3), 323-357.