Use EM to to align your personal and professional goals!

When: June 13-15, 2022
Where: Kern Family Foundation

Design Your Academic Life (DYAL): Aligning Values, Goals, Activities, and Mindsets helps those working in academia assess and align their personal and professional lives so they can make better connections, be curious in ways that make the most impact, and create value where it matters most. The workshop includes three courses: Quickstart, Meetup, and Press Onward.

You will develop and enhance the alignment between your personal and professional lives using an entrepreneurial mindset as a lens.

You will learn to create the most value - in the best ways - at the appropriate times in your life. Join us the upcoming DYAL workshop!

Registration closed.

3 Key Takeaways:

Everything you learn from the facilitation and coaching team and other participants can be immediately applied to your context and topics of interest.

  • Identify personal and professional values to guide future actions.

  • Develop alternative life plans (personal and professional) that align with your values.

  • Identify colleagues who could support your personal/professional development.

The DYAL Workshop Sequence of Courses

These three courses are completed before, during, and following the June 13-15, 2022 Meetup

  • 1. Quickstart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the central ideas of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) and consider how to apply them within your courses and curriculum. The facilitation team has customized your introduction to EM with examples and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and portion of the workshop, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be in-person! Up to twenty participants will meet at the Kern Family Foundation from June 13-15. Learning from each other is always one of the most valuable and memorable parts of any workshop sequence. Individual participants will arrive — and a community will emerge.

  • 3. Press Onward

    Pressing Onward can be transformative. The course includes a series of online meetings with other participants and members of the facilitation team. The ample time between meetings affords an opportunity to develop your ideas and experiment. Get real results as you apply what you learned and share discoveries along the way. When complete, you'll publish a card on to serve as a resource for the community.

Transform your teaching, research, or service.

Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Workshops deliver actionable, adaptable strategies and resources that empower you to create long-lasting value with the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). Expert faculty from top institutions have created these workshops that provide guidance to complete a project while collaborating with faculty from across the nation.


Facilitator & Coach

Kaitlin Mallouk

Kaitlin is an Associate Professor of Experiential Engineering Education and the Provost's Fellow for Faculty Development at Rowan University. She has been involved in KEEN since 2018 and was the 2023 National Rising Star. She is a co-creator of Design Your Academic Life and has served as a facilitator since its first offering.

Facilitator & Coach

Elise Barrella

Elise Barrella, PhD, PE, is the founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of DfX Consulting LLC which offers engineering education and transportation research, planning and consulting services. She is passionate about curriculum development, engaged scholarship, sustainability, and engineering design. Elise was a Founding Faculty member of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University, and prior to that led the junior capstone design sequence at James Madison University. She has been involved with KEEN since 2016, leading workshops at the annual conference, conducting EML research, and most recently facilitating and coaching the first two cohorts of Design Your Academic Life (DYAL). In addition to academic pursuits, Elise enjoys local non-profit work with Community Design Studio of NC, Creative Corridors Coalition, and Boston-Thurmond Community Engagement Roundtable.

Facilitator & Coach

Mary Raber

Mary Raber, PhD is a Professor of Practice and Department Chair of the Engineering Fundamentals department at Michigan Tech University, where she works with an amazing team of faculty and staff who support and teach over 1000 first-year engineering students each year. Her research interests include engineering identity development and engineering career readiness. She has been actively engaged with KEEN since 2016 when she was invited to attend her first KEEN Annual Conference. She is a co-creator, facilitator, and coach for Design Your Academic Life.


Cory Hixson

Cory has a B.S. in Engineering Science (Penn State), M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering (Virginia Tech) and Ph.D. in Engineering Education (Virginia Tech). He has experience as an audio-video engineer and educator. Cory currently serves students as the lead faculty member for Colorado Christian University's Engineering program. In this role, Cory develops integrated courses and curricula merging engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities; research-based instructional strategies; and a biblical perspective to engineering education. Importantly, he has successfully fostered university-industry (U-I) partnerships and entrepreneurial-minded learning (EML), which are essential to the CCU Engineering program. U-I partnerships and EML extend the impact of CCU's program beyond classroom learning and provide students with the real-world knowledge and experiences needed to excel after graduation. In addition to working with undergraduate students, Cory is passionate about helping faculty align their personal and professional values and activities.