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Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Education (3.7 GPA), Feb. 2011
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Dissertation: Engineering Faculty Motivation for and Engagement in Formative Assessment
Advisor: Dr. Richard Goff, Assoc. Professor & Asst. Dept. Head, Engineering Education

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Electrical Engineering, 2004 – 2007
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Research: Control of power electronics in renewable energy applications
Awarded Preparing Future Professoriate Certificate
Advisor: Dr. Jason Lai, Professor, Electrical Engineering

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering (3.5 GPA), May 2004
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Non-thesis M.S. awarded as part of direct-PhD program
Advisor: Dr. William Baumann, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (3.5 GPA), May 1999
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Member of Formula SAE Mini-Indy Car Team
Toastmasters International

Associate of Science, Engineering Science (3.9 GPA), May 1997
State University of New York: Canton College of Technology, Canton, NY
President, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Vice President, College Association Corp.
Resident Assistant, Heritage Residence Hall
Member of Theta Gamma social fraternity
David R. Maynard Student Activities Award


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Teaching Experience

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fall 2010 - current
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Assisting with grant to accelerate market penetration of hybrid
electric vehicles by designing, teaching, and assessing courses on hybrid vehicles

GTA, Exploration of Digital Future, ENGE 1104, Spring 2009
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Supervision of two, 110-minute labs of 30 students each
Providing basic instruction and assisting with lab activities

GTA, Engineering Exploration, ENGE 1024, 3 Semesters
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Taught 10, 100-minute workshops of 30 students each
Provided hands-on design activities using tablet PC’s and activity kits

Instructor, Electronic Circuit Design, ECE 4205, Fall 2005
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Led group of 34 seniors in challenging, design-focused class
Held individual, oral, final exams as project presentations

Instructor, Physics II, PHY 106, Spring 2005
Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, VA
Motivated 15 non-physics majoring students in a useful science

GTA, Microprocessor System Design, ECE 3534, Fall 2002 - Spring 2004
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Supported what may be the most demanding class in the ECE program with my 20+ years of programming experience


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Educational Coursework

Completed two educational Certificate Programs:

  • Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • Engineering Education

Education Courses:

  • College Teaching
  • Contemporary Pedagogy
  • Engineering Education Assessment
  • Engineering Education Research Methods
  • Higher Education Law
  • Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • Practicum in Engineering Education
  • Academic Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Measurement Theory in Education
  • Motivation and Cognition

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Relevant Work Experience

Compliance Engineer
Synchrony, Inc., Roanoke, VA
May 2007 - August 2007
Summer internship directed efforts to address electromagnetic interference and compliance (EMI & EMC) needs for sensitive motor design

Design Engineer and Test Engineer
Delphi Automotive, Rochester, NY
June 1999 – May 2001
Assisted team development of cylinder deactivation system now in use on GM V-8 truck motors

Engineering Assistant
Goulds Pumps ITT, Seneca Falls, NY
Summers 2002, 1998, 1997
Designed and tested proprietary constant-pressure pump controllers which gave me excellent experience with engineering fundamentals

Sales Associate
RadioShack, Rochester, NY
November 2001 – May 2002
While only a short-term position, the sales training contributed to my motivational view of teaching and learning


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Conference Papers and Publications

[click here for interactive Publications page]

Stanton, Ken, & Siller, Tom (2011).  A Pass/Fail Option for First-Semester Engineering Students: A Critical Evaluation, Paper presented at Frontiers in Education Conference, 2011, Rapid City, SD.

Stanton, Ken, & Lindsay, Euan (2011).  A Preliminary Motivational Evaluation of Milestone-Based Laboratory Assessment, Paper presented at Frontiers in Education Conference, 2011, Rapid City, SD.

Stanton, Ken (2011). Engineering Faculty Motivation for and Engagement in Formative Assessment. PhD Dissertation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. Retrieved from Virginia Tech Dissertations

Stanton, Ken, & Goff, Richard (2010).  Faculty’s Self-Determined Engagement as the Key to Advancing a Culture of Assessment, Paper presented at ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference, 2010, Blacksburg, VA.

Stanton, Ken (2009). Increasing Assessment Effectiveness in a Time of Decreasing Budgets, Paper presented at Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009, San Antonio, TX.

Stanton, Ken (2008). Work in Progress: Enhancement of Problem Solving Techniques with Tablet PC-based Learning Technologies, Frontiers in Education Conference, 2008, Sarasota, NY.

Stanton, Ken, & Lai, Jai-Sheng (2006). Dynamic PEM Fuel Cell Model for Power Electronics Design with Temperature Considerationsubmitted to IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Nov 2006.  [Publication was not pursued further as I changed my studies to Engineering Education, but this is an improved version of the conference paper below.]

Stanton, Ken, & Lai, Jai-Sheng (2005). A Thermally Dependent Fuel Cell Model for Power Electronics Design, Paper presented at Fuel Cell Seminar 2004, San Antonio, TX & Power Electronics Specialists Conference, 2005, Recife, Brazil.

Stanton, Ken, Schenck, Mike, & Lai, Jai-Sheng (2004). Fuel Cell Converter/Inverter Interactions, Fuel Cell Seminar, 2004, San Antonio, TX.


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Service / Activities

Co-founder of ASEE Student Chapter at Virginia Tech

Graduate Student Assembly

  • Engineering Education Delegate
  • Representative to Comm. for Admin. & Professional Faculty Affairs
  • Representative to University Athletic Committee (2006-2008)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Delegate (2005-08)

Grad. Student Rep., ECE Graduate Committee (2005-2008)

  • Qualifying Exam Policy Subcommittee

Graduate Ambassador

  • Assist with Graduate Orientation, The Big Event, and a variety of other activities with graduate students

Tutor for electrical and computer engineering, physics


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Professional Affiliations and Participation

Adviser for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Chapter at Colorado State University

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
- Attended 2008 & 2009 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (link)
- Presented at 2010 Southeast Section Annual Conference

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Presented at 2009 Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference
- Presented at 2005 Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Learning and Instruction division, Cognition and Assessment SIG

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Engineering Honor Society


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