Stephen Secules uses critical qualitative, video-based, participatory, and ethnographic methods to look at everyday educational settings in engineering and shift them towards equity and inclusion. He has ongoing research projects related to the critical analysis of dominant cultural norms in classroom spaces and facilitating critical reflection on co-curricular support practice.
Stephen holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Science in acoustics, and 5 years of industry experience in acoustical engineering. He completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, where his dissertation (co-chairs Ayush Gupta and Andy Elby) focused on culture and equity in engineering education. After his Ph.D., Stephen spent a year each respectively at the University of Georgia and Purdue University working as a visiting/ research faculty in engineering education.
Stephen is a former Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Student Division and a recipient of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division Apprentice Faculty Grant. He has served on the ERM Best Paper and Best Diversity Paper committees and the Accelerating Systemic Change in Higher Education Network committee on Equity and Inclusion.