Rebecca Brent & Richard Felder

Rebecca Brent, Ed.D.

President, Education Designs, Inc.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Twitter: @RebeccaBrent

Dr. Brent is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has more than 35 years of experience in education and specializes in staff development in engineering and the sciences, teacher preparation, and evaluation of educational programs at both precollege and college levels, and has authored or coauthored roughly 120 papers on those topics. She holds a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from the Evaluators’ Institute at George Washington University. Prior to entering private consulting, she was an Associate Professor of Education at East Carolina University where she won an outstanding teacher award. In 2014, Dr. Brent was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Richard M. Felder, Ph.D.

Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University

Dr. Felder joined the N.C. State University faculty in 1969. He is a co-author of the book Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, which has been used as the introductory chemical engineering text by roughly 90% of all chemical engineering departments in the United States and many abroad, and he has authored or co-authored over 300 papers on chemical process engineering and engineering education. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, research, and publications, including the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (first recipient), the American Society for Engineering Education Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering Education (first recipient), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Warren K. Lewis Award for Contributions to Chemical Engineering Education.

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Drs. Brent and Felder are coauthors of Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016). Separately and together, they have presented over 450 workshops on effective teaching, course design, mentoring and supporting new faculty members, and faculty development, on campuses around the world. They co-directed the American Society for Engineering Education National Effective Teaching Institute from 1991 to 2015. Visit their Facebook page at and their company website—including a blog with their ideas on teaching and learning—at