Elizabeth Powell, Ph.D.


Elizabeth  Powell


Assistant Director


Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center, Engineering

Email Address:


(931) 372-3540


Clement 204


Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2006
M.A., English, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 2001
B.A., English, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Denice B. Denton Best Paper Award for “Teamwork in Engineering Undergraduate Classes: What Problems do Students Experience?” With J. Wolfe, S. Schlisserman, and Z. Kirshon. Presented at ASEE Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. June 2016. 
  • Tennessee Technological University Featured Researcher. Was interviewed by Tennessee Technological University about my research in communication in engineering: “TTU English Instructor Investigates Communication Issues in Engineering.” Tennessee Technological University. Tennessee, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.

Scholarly Activities (Grant Proposals) 

  • “What do engineers do? Communicating the diverse, dynamic field through outreach.” PI: B. Powell. Co-PI: H. Ingle. Tennessee Board of Regents. $34,969.00. July 2018. (Funded.) 
  • “Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition: A Three-Tiered Approach to Graduating Renaissance Engineers.” PI: B. Powell. Co-PI: H. Ingle, T. Marable. Tennessee Board of Regents. $25,000. July 2016. (Funded.)  
  • “GSE/RES: Uncovering Tacit Knowledge About Gender, Communication, and Interpersonal Interactions in Engineering.” National Science Foundation, 2012-2014. PI: J. Wolfe. Co-PI: B. Powell. $307,723. January 2011-December 2015. (Funded.) 
  • “Student Engagement through Professional Development.” PI: B. Powell. Co-PI: H. Ingle. Provost’s Micro Grant for Student Success (Tennessee Tech).  $3,180. Jan. 2016. (Funded.)