Christy Moore

Headshot of Dr. Christene MooreDr. Christene Moore is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where she has taught in Engineering Communication since 1993. In the summers of 2010 and 2012, Ms. Moore taught a study abroad course to Engineering Students in Santander, Spain.

Building on her teaching experience on the topic of Society and Technology, Ms. Moore engaged students in research and discussion of the global implications of engineering design and practice. Ms. Moore’s current research is focused on ways of expanding the undergraduate engineering curriculum to better incorporate study of communication skills, professional responsibility, and ethics.

From 2004 until 2011, Ms. Moore developed curriculum for and taught a First-year Seminar that addressed the impact of technology on society and the environment. In 2006, that course was selected as a Signature Course by the Undergraduate Dean. Ms. Moore’s research has been focused for several years on Engineering Ethics. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Moore was co-director of the PRIME (Professional Responsibility Modules in Engineering) Project which was funded by the Chair for Free Enterprise and the College of Engineering. The objective of this project was to create flexible teaching materials to help engineering faculty incorporate units on professional responsibility, leadership, and engineering ethics into their courses.

As co-PI on the NSF-funded project, Foundations of Research Ethics in Engineering, Ms. Moore is currently conducting research on discipline-specific problems, practices, and protocols in engineering education and research. The PIs have surveyed over 500 engineering graduate students in the Cockrell School of Engineering to discover how students assess their level of expertise on topics such as plagiarism, fabrication of data, peer review publications, and responsible conduct of research. The overriding goal of the NSF project is to create a curricular package that will address the basic research dilemmas that engineering graduate students are likely to face as academic and professional researchers.

In pursuit of that goal, Moore piloted a workshop for graduate students on research ethics in the spring of 2008 and presented a workshop in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Fall of 2008. Her team developed and led faculty workshops to help faculty teach research ethics in 2008.

Another area of Ms. Moore’s research involves the use of film as a teaching tool. She has compiled a list of documentary films that help introduce engineering students to concepts of argumentation and rhetorical strategy. It is increasingly important for engineers to understand how to construct effective, logical, and persuasive arguments. Because engineers must solicit support for their projects, participate in debates about public policy, and make technical recommendations to non-technical audiences (to name a few likely challenges our graduates will face in their careers) their rhetorical skills are crucial. Ms. Moore is continually striving to develop the most effective means and find the most worthy models for using rhetorical skills in engineering professional development.

In the Spring of 2012 Ms. Moore inaugurated a new Signature Course, Songwriting: Following in the Footsteps of Texas Legends. This unique, cross-disciplinary course introduces students to analytical writing through analysis of song lyrics and to creative writing through the composition of original songs. Nationally recognized songwriters such as, Billy Joe Shaver, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, and Ruthie Foster were featured speakers in the class. Ms. Moore will repeat that course in the Spring of 2013.