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Image of Donald J. Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D., ProfessorDonald J. Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D., Professor

Boise State University
College of Engineering
Department of Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning (OPWL)
1910 University Drive / ENGR328
Boise, ID 83725-2070

+01 (208) 426-1899 (voice)

Curriculum Vita

Courses currently taught by Dr. Winiecki:

OPWL532/SOC502 (3 credit hours): Ethnographic Research in Organizations/Qualitative Social Research Methods: Ethnography is an approach to learning about the social and cultural life of communities, organizations, institutions and other settings that discovers how the activities of people in those settings contribute to the creation of society and culture. Students receive a foundation in philosophical perspectives and methods supporting ethnographic research, learn when to conduct ethnographic research, and explore strategies for presenting and critiquing ethnographic research. They will also be provided with an opportunity to implement ethnographic research in organizational settings.

OPWL529/SOC497 (4 credit hours): Needs Assessment/Assessing & Planning Organizational Change: Through analysis of existing social science theory of organizations and organizational members’ behavior, field & discipline specific readings, independent fieldwork, guided practice and other methods, students learn to use systematic methods to assess organizational needs, identify problems and causes, produce reports that help decision makers target critical problems and suggest feasible solutions.

OPWL582 (1 credit hour): Professional Ethics: Ethics constitute a formal and informal set of expectations and conduct based on moral norms for a given community. Professional ethics apply specifically to the conduct of an individual representing a particular profession, both in one’s personal actions and efforts to promote the norms comprising professional ethics. Students will survey major theories and models of professional ethics and ethical issues as they apply to the practice of Instructional & Performance Technology professionals. Each student will create a personal code of ethics based on course content.

SOC497: Sociology of Science, Technology and Engineering: Science is one process by which human knowledge is created. Technology is the encoding of human knowledge into tools and processes. Engineering is a discipline that employs and contributes to science and technology to prototype processes and products for use. All three affect society and its members. In this course, students will review and analyze scientific, technological and engineering concepts, processes and products from a sociological perspective to understand how they affect society and its members.

Current activities

Starting in fall semester 2016, I have initiated a set of projects focusing on inclusiveness, diversity and social justice in higher education and professional practice. These projects include:

  • Acquisition and use of Library of Congress certification in braille transcription for both literary and maths and science content.

    • Prior to this project, Boise State University had no capacity for the responsive production of braille materials for literary or maths and science content. Students with visual impairments were provided with assistive technologies (primarily, screen readers) that are not considered ideal for the sort of intensive focus required in study of maths and science curricula.
  • Collaboration with DOT Inc., Seoul, South Korea, in support of refreshable braille displays capable of representing literary and maths and science content, including tactile graphics.
  • Research and development of curricula and classroom and laboratory strategies that support social justice, inclusiveness and diversity in higher education and professional practice.

    • This is in part underwritten by participation as a Co-Principal Investigator on National Science Foundation grant 6PRJ000899 & 6PRJ000914: Computer Science Professionals Hatchery: “The aim of this five year grant project is to replicate the best elements of a software company environment, layering in moral, ethical, and social threads with entrepreneurship and professional skills with the goal to produce graduates who are not only technically adept and effective team members, but also empowered as agents of positive cultural change in their workplaces.”