Faculty Profile for Dr. Christine Elizabeth Hailey

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Dr. Christine Elizabeth Hailey
Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
IGRM 2203
phone: (512) 245-1826

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Christine Hailey was named Dean of the College of Science and Engineering on July 1, 2016. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a licensed professional engineer.

Upon completion of her doctorate, Dr. Hailey joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where her early work focused on modeling high-speed water entry. She was promoted to Manager of the Parachute Technology and Unsteady Aerodynamics Department and provided technical leadership in the Parachute Laboratory. Dr. Hailey joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University as a tenured faculty member in 1994. In 2001, she was appointed as department chair of the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Texas at Tyler and provided leadership in the development and accreditation of the program. Dr. Hailey returned to Utah State University in 2003 and served as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She was named Dean of the College of Engineering in 2013.

In 2016 she accepted the position of Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University and relocated to San Marcos, Texas.

Dr. Hailey has been PI or Co-PI on over $15M in externally funded grants. She was the Principal Investigator of the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, an NSF-funded Center for Learning and Teaching. The National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) was a large-scale collaborative network of scholars with backgrounds in technology education, engineering, and related fields. The mission of NCETE was to build capacity in technology education and to improve the understanding of the learning and teaching of high school students and teachers as they apply engineering design processes to technological problems. She was the Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded project entitled “The Influence of MESA Activities on Underrepresented Students.” The Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) outreach program was selected as the subject of this study because of its forty years of experience in introducing engineering to students traditionally underrepresented in the discipline. She is the author or co-author of over sixty publications and proceedings.

Dr. Hailey received the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in 2016 for her efforts to recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, especially women. She is a recipient of the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Utah Engineers Council Engineering Educator of the Year Award, and the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. She was elected to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET which is the accrediting organization for applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Minichiello, A., Marx, S., McNeill, L., & Hailey, C. E. (2018). Exploring Student Study Behaviours in Engineering: How Undergraduates Prepared Textbook Problems for Online Submission. European Journal of Engineering Education, 43, 253–270. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2018.1474342
  • Minichiello, A. L., Hailey, C. E., Campbell, T. J., Dorward, J., Harkness, D., & Marquit, J. (2016). Understanding student participation in a first-year calculus online support forum. Washington, D.C., USA: NSF/AAAS NSF/AAAS Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice Symposium.
  • Denson, C., Austin, C., Hailey, C. E., & Householder, D. (2015). Benefits of Informal Learning Environments: A Focused-Examination of STEM-based Program Environments. Journal of STEM Education, 16, 38–42.
  • Minichiello, A. L., Marx, S., Hailey, C. E., & McNeill, L. S. (2015). Learning practices of contemporary engineering undergraduates assigned online homework. Dublin, Ireland, USA: Proceedings of the 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium.
  • Minichiello, A. L., Marquit, J., Dorward, J., & Hailey, C. E. (2014). Emerging Themes in a Distance Delivered Calculus I Course: Student Perceptions of Community, Collaboration and Support. USA: American Society of Engineering Education. Retrieved from ASEE.org

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: The 2015 Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, State of Utah. January 13, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Society of Women Engineers. March 1, 2011

Selected Grants

  • Minichiello, Angela L (Principal), Hailey, Christine Elizabeth (Co-Principal), Dorward, James (Supporting), Campbell, Theodore Jones (Supporting), Marquit, Joshua (Supporting). Online Learning Forums for Improved Engineering Student Outcomes in Calculus, NSF, Federal, $199979. (Submitted: May 25, 2012, Funded: February 1, 2013 - January 31, 2017). Grant.
  • Wilson, Amy (Principal), Hailey, Christine Elizabeth (Co-Principal), Householder, D. (Co-Principal). Community-based Engineering Design Challenges for English Learners, National Science Foundation, Federal, $449712. (Funded: October 1, 2012 - October 1, 2016). Grant.
  • Hailey, Christine Elizabeth. The Influence of MESA Activities on Underrepresented Students, DRL-1020019, National Science Foundation, $457313. (Funded: August 2010 - July 2014). Grant.
  • Hailey, Christine Elizabeth, Becker, Kurt (Co-Principal), Householder, Daniel (Co-Principal). National Center for Engineering and Technology Education: Supplemental Funding for Doctoral Student Travel, ESIE-0631293, National Science Foundation, Federal, $365717. (Funded: 2009 - August 31, 2012). Grant.
  • Hailey, Christine Elizabeth. National Center for Engineering and Technology Education: Supplemental Funding for Doctoral Student Travel, ESIE-0631293, National Science Foundation, $17008. (Funded: 2006). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
AIAA Journal of Aircraft
Reviewer / Referee
ASEE Journal of Engineering Education
Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Control Systems and Robotics in ME
August 2023-Present
Ex Com, Engineering Accreditation Commission, ABET
July 2022-Present
Program Evaluator
American Society of Mechanical Engineering, ABET Reviewer