2024 Investiture Information

Vicki V. May

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

Engineering education; inquiry-based learning; student-centered learning; K-12 and outreach activities; creativity; seismic engineering


  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities 1991
  • MS, Civil/Structural Engineering, Stanford University 1992
  • PhD, Civil/Structural Engineering, Stanford University 1996


  • New Hampshire Professor of the Year, 2013
  • Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dartmouth College, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, 2012
  • Teacher of the Year Award, College of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, 2002
  • Nominated twice for the Most Supportive Professor Award, College of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, 2000 & 2002

Professional Activities

  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of New Hampshire
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of California

Research Projects

  • AAU STEM Project on Teaching Evaluation

    AAU STEM Project on Teaching Evaluation

    With support from the Association of American Universities (AAU), we are creating a system for teaching evaluation that integrates evidence-based evaluation data from three sources: student course assessments, peer observation, and self-reflection. Existing student course assessments are being augmented to focus on observable best practices, rather than students' intuitive impression of the instructor. Peer observations are conducted in accordance with a consistent protocol, which includes guided pre-briefing and debrief sessions between the observer and observee. Self-reflection allows each instructor to note and report on their progress toward the implementation of best teaching practices. The system is currently being piloted and assessed en route to broader implementation. Learn more

Selected Publications

  • May, Vicki. Lecture Capture at Dartmouth. Available at: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dcal. June, 2008
  • May, Vicki V., Luxon, Thomas H., Weaver, Kathy S, and Esselstein, Rachel. "Development of Case Stories by Interviewing Students about their Critical Moments in Science, Math, and Engineering Classes." Numeracy, Volume 1, Issue 1, Article 5. January, 2008
  • May, Vicki. "Student Development of Class Notes using a Wiki as an Alternative to a Single Course Textbook." Proceedings for the 2008 ASEE Zone 1 Conference. West Point, NY. March, 2008
  • Hansen, Eric, Stein, Ellen, and May, Vicki. "Work in Progress: Building Community among First-Year Engineering Students." Frontiers in Education Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. October, 2008
  • May, Vicki. Clickers at Dartmouth. Available at: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dcal. September, 2007
  • May, Vicki, and Brady, Pamalee, "Lessons Learned Teaching Engineering Online to Architecture and Construction Management Students," ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Boulder, CO, November, 2003



Building a Tiny House

edX: The Engineering of Structures Around Us

Seminar: To MOOC Or Not To MOOC?

The New Face of Engineering

Summer Engineering Workshop: Part One

Summer Engineering Workshop: Part Two

Summer Engineering Workshop: Part Three

$300 House

Integrated Design: Engineering, Architecture, and Building Technology at Dartmouth

Structural Analysis Class at Dartmouth: Treehouse

Solid Mechanics Bridge Competition at Dartmouth 2011


$300 House Update!
Jun 04, 2013

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