Cheryl Bodnar, Ph.D.

Cheryl Bodnar, Ph.D.

Cheryl Bodnar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cheryl Bodnar, Ph.D.
Experiential Engineering Education (ExEEd)

Contact Info
Engineering Hall 133


Personal Gender Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, specialization in Biomedical Engineering, University of Calgary
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary

Impactful Research Areas:
    Advancing Pedagogical Innovation
    Disrupting Inequalities in Engineering
    Equipping Students for Success

Research Expertise:
Game-based learning; innovation and entrepreneurship

Currently, Dr. Bodnar's research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kern Family Foundation. Her research interests relate to the incorporation of active learning techniques such as game-based learning in undergraduate classes as well as integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum.  In particular, she is interested in the impact that these tools can have on student perception of the classroom environment, motivation and learning outcomes.

Honors and Awards:
Silver Medal for Game Designed for Higher Education, Contents Under Pressure, presented by Serious Play Conference, 2022

Rowan University’s October 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Innovative Instructional Delivery, 2021

Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research presented by AIChE Education Division, 2021

William H. Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education Journal during 2020
Selected as Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering, and Science (ELATES) Fellow, 2020

KEEN Rising Star Award for Early-Career Leadership in Engineering Entrepreneurship Education presented by KEEN, 2020 

Best New Ideas Paper, 3rd Place, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division, 2019

Martin Award for Best Paper Presented in the Chemical Engineering Division at the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Meeting

Raymond W. Fahien Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness and Educational Scholarship presented by American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Division, 2017        

Professional Memberships:
ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
CSTD (Canadian Society for Training and Development)

Recent Publications:
Jackson, A., Bodnar, C., Streiner, S., Dahm, K., Mallouk, K., Oestreich, B. (2022). Application of Entrepreneurial Minded Learning Design Projects to Develop First-Year Engineering Students’ Entrepreneurial Mindset. International Journal of Engineering Education, 38(1), 1-16.                                                       

Jackson, A., Mawson, C., Bodnar, C.A. (2022). Faculty Motivation for Pursuit of Entrepreneurial Mindset Professional Development. Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, 5(3),320-346. DOI: 10.1177/2515127420988516

Stransky, J., Bassett, L., Bodnar, C., Anastasio, D., Burkey, D., Cooper, M. A. (2021). Retrospective Analysis on the Impacts of an Immersive Digital Environment on Chemical Engineering Students’ Moral Reasoning.  Education for Chemical Engineers. 35, 22-28.

Coso Strong, A., Smith-Orr, C.S., Bodnar, C.A., Lee, W.C., McCave, E.J., Faber, C.J. (2021). Early-Career Faculty Transitions: Negotiating Legitimacy and Support Seeking in Engineering Education. Studies in Engineering Education, 1(1), 97–118. DOI:

Bodnar, C.A., Dringenberg, E., Butler, B., Burkey, D., Anastasio, D., Cooper, M. (2020). Revealing the Decision-Making Processes of Chemical Engineering Students in Process Safety Contexts. Chemical Engineering Education. 54(1), 1-9.