Eric Pappas

Consultant

pappasec@jmu.edu

Education

  • Ed.D. Virginia Tech
  • M.A. Virginia Tech
  • B.S. Wagner College

 

 

 

 


 

Biography

Dr. Eric Pappas is a consultant with Future Generations University and a professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. Eric has a B.S. in Economic Theory from Wagner College (N.Y.C), and  M.A and Ed.D. degrees in Literature and English Education, respectively, from Virginia Tech. He taught literature for nine years in the Virginia Tech English Department, engineering design for ten years in the College of Engineering, and was a faculty member in the University Honors Program. At Virginia Tech, he founded (and directed from 1993-2003) the nationally recognized Advanced Engineering Communications and Design Program in the College of Engineering. At James Madison University, Dr. Pappas was a founding member of the School of Engineering, and is principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants. He currently teaches social psychology courses.

Publications

Nagel, R.L., Barrella, E., Pappas, E.C., and Pappas, J. (2016).  A Contextual Approach to Teaching Sustainability. Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Expo. New Orleans, La.  June.


Pappas, E. & Pappas, J. (2016).  Social Work and Personality.  Two invited workshops for the Social Work Graduate Program at Memphis State University.  February 17-20.


Pappas, E., Pappas, J. & Lynch, R. (2016).  “Fast Change:  Teaching Intentional Self-development.”  Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.  Blacksburg, Virginia, February 11.


Pappas, E. & Lynch, R. (2015).  The Sustainable Personality.  Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, October.


Pappas, E. & Lynch, R. (2015).  Performance Teaching:  Theatrical Characteristics of Large Class Teaching.  Conference on Teaching Large Classes.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, July.


Pappas, E. & Lynch, R. (2015).  Individual Sustainability:  Teaching Intentional Self-development in Large Classes.  Conference on Teaching Large Classes.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, July.


Pappas, E. & Lynch, R. (2015).  “Barriers to Thinking:  A Conversation about What Prevents Our Students from Learning.”  Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.  Blacksburg, Virginia, February 7.  (Poster Session)


Pappas, E. (2015).  A Theory of Intrinsic Learning:  Fundamental Concepts.  Social Science Today, 2(1), 21-32.


Nagel, R., Pappas, E., Swain, M. and Hazard, G. (2015).  Understanding Students’ Values toward Individual Behaviors when in an Engineering Group.   International Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 4, No. 2.


Pappas, J. & Pappas, E. (2015).  The Sustainable Personality:  Values and Behaviors in Individual Sustainability.  International Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 4(1).

Pappas, E., Pappas, J., & Sweeney, D. (2014).  Walking the Walk:  Conceptual Foundations of the Sustainable Personality.  Journal of Cleaner Production, 86(1), 323-334.


Pappas, E. & Pierrakos, O. (2014).  “All Change Starts with Individual Change: A Conversation About Individual Sustainability and Social Change.”  Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.  Blacksburg, Virginia, February 5.


Pappas, J. & Pappas, E. (2014).  “Learning Cohorts and Peer Mentoring.” Founding Meeting of the University of the World.  January 28-February 1.  New York City. (Invited)


Nagel, R., Pappas, E. & Hazard, G. (2014). “Understanding How Students’ Value the Behaviors of Individuals in Engineering Teams.”  ASEE National Conference, Indianapolis, Ind. June.


McDearis, K. & Pappas, E. (2014). “Individual Sustainability” (video).  Journal of Cleaner Production, 86(1).


Pappas, E. & McDearis, K. (2014). “Who Are You, Anyway? Values and Behaviors in Conflict” (video).  Journal of Cleaner Production, 86(1).


Pierrakos, O., Nagel, R., Pappas, E., Nagel, J. Moran, T., Barrella, E., and Panizo, M., (2013).  A Mixed-Methods Study of Cognitive and Affective Learning During a Sophomore Design Problem-based Service Learning Experience.  International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering,  Special Issue:  Opportunities and Barriers to Integrating Service Learning into Engineering Education, 1-28.


Pappas, J., Pierrakos, O., Pappas, E., & Paterson, K. (2013). “True Grit: Toward a Culture of Psychological Preparedness in Engineering Education.”  Frontiers in Education 2013 Conference, October 23-26, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Workshop).


Pierrakos, O., Nagel, R., Watson, H., Pappas, E., Gipson, K., Barella, E., Karabelas, J.,  & Kander, R. (2013).  “All Problems Are Not Created Equal:  Intentional Design of Learning Experiences Grounded on an Innovative and Versatile Problem-based Learning Model.”  2013 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.


Pappas, E. (2013).  “Radical Premises in Sustainability Reform.”  Journal of Sustainability Education. Vol. 4, January.


Pappas, E. (2013). “Individual Sustainability:  Preliminary Research.”  Frontiers in Education 2012 National Conference.  Oklahoma City, October.

 
Pappas, E., Pierrakos, O. & Nagel, R. (2012).  “Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Teach Sustainability in Four Contexts in a Six Course Design Sequence.”  Journal of Cleaner Production, 48, 54-64.


Pappas, E.  (2012).  “A New Systems Approach to Sustainability:  University Responsibility in Teaching Sustainability in Contexts.”  Journal of Sustainability Education, Vol. 3, March.


Pappas, E., Pierrakos, O., & Nagel, R. (2012).  “Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum:  Level Three.”  Frontiers in Education 2012 National Conference, Seattle.


Pappas, E., Benton, M., Frazier, C., Nagel, R. & Pappas, J.  (2012). A Contextual Approach to Researching and Teaching Sustainability. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. 

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Poster Session)


Nagel, R., Pappas, E. & Pierrakos, O. (2012) “On a Client-Centered, Sophomore Design Course Sequence.”  American Society for Engineering Education National Conference, San Antonio, June.


Nagel, J., Nagel, R., Pappas, E., & Pierrakos, O. (2012).  Integration of a Client-based Design Project into the Sophomore Year. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, August 12-15, Chicago.


Pierrakos, O., Pappas, E., Nagel, R., Nagel, J. (2012). “A New Vision for Engineering Design Instruction:  On the Innovative Six Course Design Sequence of James Madison University.”  American Society for Engineering Education National Conference, San Antonio, June.


Nagel, R., Pappas, E. & Pierrakos, O. (2011).  “On a Vision to Educating Students in Sustainability and Design—The James Madison University School of Engineering Approach.”  Sustainability, 4(1), 72-91.


Pappas, E. & Pappas, J. (2011)  “A Dispositional Behavioral Approach to Teaching Cognitive Processes that Support Effective Thought and Action.”  Innovative Higher Education, 36(5).


Pierrakos, O. and Pappas, E. (2011). “A New Vision for Undergraduate Engineering Design Education:  An Innovative Design Course Sequence at James Madison University.” 

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference.  June, Vancouver, B.C.


Pappas, E. and Pierrakos, O. (2011). “Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum:  Level Two.” 2011

Frontiers in Education National Conference, October, Rapid City, South Dakota.


Pappas, E. (2011). “A Behavioral Approach to Building Cognitive Foundations for Effective Thought and Action in a Freshman Critical Thinking Course.” 2011 Frontiers in Education National Conference, October, Rapid City, South Dakota


Ferenbaugh, J., Pappas, E. & Stockwell, S. (2011). “New Opportunities in STEM Disciplines.”  Virginia School Counselor Association Annual Conference. March 24. Midlothian, Virginia.


Pappas, E. (2011). “Toxicity of Indoor Environments.”  Central Virginia Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute Product Expo.  Charlottesville, Va.  March 9. (Invited)


Benton, M., Pappas, J., & Pappas, E. (2011). “WordPress+Qualtrics:  A Plugin Supporting Research and New Pedagogy to Develop Personal Sustainability via 360° Evaluation.” 

AMCIS 2011: 17th Americas Conference on Information Systems, Detroit, August.


Nagel, R., Pierrakos, O., & Pappas, E. (2011). “The Integration of Sustainability, Systems, and Engineering Design in the Engineering Curriculum at James Madison University.” 

2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.  August, Washington, D.C.


Britz, J. & Pappas, E.  (2010) “Sources and Outlets of Stress among University Students:  Correlations between Stress and Unhealthy Habits.” Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, 9(1), 32-47.


Pappas, E. and Pierrakos, O. (2010). “Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum:  Level One.” 

Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education National Conference, October.


Prins, R. and Pappas, E. (2010). “Exploring the Value of Design and Build Experiences for Undergraduate Engineering Students.”  Proceedings of the American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, Louisville, June 20-23.


Pappas, E. and Prins, R. (2010). “Design and Build: Teaching Cognitive Skills through Tool Use.”  Proceedings of the 2010 Southeastern Sectional Conference.  April 18-20.  Blacksburg, Virginia.


Pierrakos, O. and Pappas, E. (2010). “Special Session:  Using Mixed-methods to Assess Students’ Learning Outcomes during a Problem-based Service Learning Experience in a Sophomore Engineering Design Course.”  Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Louisville, June 20-23.


Pappas, E. (2009). “Cognitive Processes Instruction in an Undergraduate Engineering Design Course Sequence.”  Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh,  June.


Pierrakos O., Kander, R., Pappas, E., & Prins, R. (2008). “An Innovative Engineering Curriculum at James Madison University:  Transcending Disciplinary Boundaries through Innovative Problem Based Learning Practices.”  ASME 2008 International
Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Boston, Mass., November.


Pappas, E. and Kander, R. (2008). “Sustainable Engineering Design at James Madison University.”  Frontiers in Education (FIE) 2008 National Conference, Saratoga
Springs, New York, October.


Prins, R., Kander, R., Moore, T., Pappas, E. & Pierrakos, O. (2008). “Special Session – Engineering for a Sustainable World:  How do We Incorporate Sustainability in

Undergraduate Engineering Education?”  The 38th Annual Frontiers in EducationConference, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., October.


Prins, R., Pierrakos, O., Pappas, E. & Kander, R. (2008). “Work in Progress – A Freshman Engineering Course Designed to Convey the Essence of the Engineering Program at James

Madison University.”  The 38th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference,  Saratoga Springs, N.Y., October.


Pappas, E., Kander, R., Pierrakos, O. & Prins, R. (2008).  “Liberal Education in Engineering:  Social Contexts Instruction in the Sustainable Societies Engineering
Program at James Madison University.”  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., June.


Pappas, E. and Kander, R. (2008).  “Sustainable Societies:  The Sustainable Engineering Design Program at James Madison University.” Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., June.


Pappas, E. & Kander, R. (2005). “New American College:  A Conceptual Model for Higher Education.” Association of Integrative Studies/Association for General and Liberal Studies Conference, George Mason University, October 8.


Pappas, E. (2005). “A Theory of Intrinsic Learning.”  Association of Integrative Studies/Association for General and Liberal Studies Conference, George Mason University, October 8.


Pappas, E. (2005).  “Intrinsic Learning Theory.”  University of Caen, France. (Invited lectures and consulting).


Pappas, E. (2004). “Course Portfolios and the Scholarship of Teaching.” Baltimore 2004 Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition, Baltimore, October 20. (Invited)


Pappas, E., Hendricks, R., Kampe, S. & Kander, R. (2004).  “An Assessment Analysis Methodology and Its Application to an Advanced Engineering Communications Program.”  Journal of Engineering Education, July.


Pappas, E. (2004). “Teaching Thinking and Problem Solving in the University Curriculum:  A Rationale.”  Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section Meeting, Auburn University, April.


Pappas, E. (2004). “Towards a New Philosophy of Teaching:  Creating a Center for Thinking and Metacognition in the Integrated Science and Technology Department at James Madison University.” Proceedings of the 2004 National Collegiate
Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) National Conference, San Jose State University, April.


Kampe, S.L., Pappas, E., Hendricks, R. & Kander, R. (2003). “The MSE Communications Program at Virginia Tech.” 18th Annual National Educators Workshop.  October 19-22, Newport News and Hampton, Virginia.


Pappas, J. and Pappas, E. (2003). “Creative Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, and Design in the Engineering Curriculum:  A Review.”  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2003 National Conference, Nashville.


Pappas, E. (2003).  “Humanities Teaching Strategies for Engineering Courses.” Proceedings of the ASEE 2003 National Conference, Nashville, 2003
    

Pappas, E. (2002). “Creative Problem Solving in Engineering Design.”  Proceedings
of the 2002 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section Meeting, University of Florida, Gainesville, April.


Pappas, E., Hendricks, R. & Franks, J. (2001). “Satisfying the Non-technical ABET ‘a-k’ Requirements:  The Virginia Tech Materials Science and Engineering Communications Portfolio.”   Proceedings of the Southeastern Regional ASEE Conference, Charleston, S.C., March.


Pappas, E. and Swartz, D. (2001). “The Virginia Tech / Honeywell International Summer Management Communication Skills Summer Program for Undergraduate Women in Engineering.” 

Proceedings of the 2001 NAMPA/WEPAN Conference on Diversity, Washington, D.C., April.


Pappas, E. and Lesko, J. (2001). “The Communications-centered Senior Design Class in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.” Proceedings of the 2001 ASEE National Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., June 2001.


Pappas, E. & Hendricks, R. (2000). “Holistic Grading in Science and Engineering.” Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 84, No. 4, October.

 
Pappas, E. (2000). “Engineering and Art.”  American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, St. Louis, Mo., June.


Hendricks, R. & Pappas, E. (1996).  “Advanced Engineering Communication:  An Integrated Writing and Communications Program for Materials Engineers.”  Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 85, No. 4, October.


Pappas, E. (1996). “Developing Writing and Communication Programs in Science and Engineering Departments.”  16th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Ottawa, Canada, June.


Pappas, E. and Hendricks, R. (1996). “Writing- and Communications-across-the Curriculum in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Virginia Tech.”  Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 25th Annual Conference, Atlanta, April.


Pappas, E. & Garrison, J. (1991). “Towards a New Philosophy of Education:  Extending the Conversational Metaphor for Thinking.” Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 11, No. 4, Fall.


Pappas, E. & Garrison, J. (1991). Education, Modernity, and Fractured Meaning:  Towards a Process Theory of Teaching and Education, Donald Oliver.  Albany, N.Y.:  State University of New York Press, 1989, 261 pp.  Published in Educational Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, Fall 1991.


Pappas, E. (1990).  “Creative Thinking:  Teaching Ourselves to Teach Our Students.” Northern Virginia Council for Gifted / Talented Education Annual Conference, Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Pappas, E. (1989). “Teaching the Creative Process.”  Virginia Association for the Education of the Gifted Annual Conference, Roanoke, Virginia. (Invited)
 

Managing Quality and Productivity.  (1988). (Editor)  Scott Sink and Paul Rossler. Blacksburg, Virginia:  Virginia Productivity Center, 202 pp.  (Book on planning and productivity for middle-level managers in the aerospace industry).


Garrison, J. and Pappas, E. (1988). “Gender, Thinking, and the Educational Ideal:  A Reconsideration.”  Proceedings of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society, Spartanburg, S.C.


Pappas, Eric. (1988). A Rural Community Organizer’s Manual.  Blacksburg:  Virginia Tech Extension.  Out of print.