Sarah Blackowski

Sarah Blackowski

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sarah's research is at the crossroads of understanding and supporting engineering faculty and students in engineering classrooms. She has worked on funded projects related to K-12 engineering interventions, supporting undergraduate student retention and informed major choice, supporting minoritized doctoral engineering students to complete their degree, understanding how engineering faculty learn about teaching, and more. Sarah is interested in expanding her research portfolio at UWM to include integrating engineering industry partnerships in core engineering classes and understanding the experiences of engineering students at urban institutions.


  • PhD, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2022
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2016

Research Interests

  • Faculty development
  • Student motivation, metacognition, and self-regulated learning
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Selected Publications

  • Cruz, J. A., Blackowski, S. A., Chew, K., Artiles, M., Carrico, C., Cunningham, P., Soledad, M., Matusovich, H. M. (Under Review). Why Studying Engineering Students: A Systematic Mapping Literature Review. Journal of Engineering Education. 

  • Meyers, K. L., Goodrich, V., Blackowski, S. A., & Spingola, E. (2019). Factors affecting first-year engineering students’ choice of majors. The International journal of engineering education35(3), 861-877.

Refereed Papers

  • Cunningham, P. J., Matusovich, H. M., Venters, C., Blackowski, S. A., & Bhaduri, S. (2018). The Impact of Metacognitive Instruction on Students’ Conceptions of Learning and their Self-monitoring Behaviors. In American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

  • Cunningham, P., Matusovich, H., Blackowski, S., McCord, R., & Carrico, C. (2018). Teaching Metacognition: Helping Students Own and Improve Their Learning. In American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Grohs, J. R., van Montfrans, V., Matusovich, H. M., Kirk, G. R., Carrico, C., Gillen, A. L., Blackowski, S. A., Lesko, H. L., & Paradise, T. (2018, June). Findings from the First Year of a Project that Partners Engineers and Educators in Rural Schools. In 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

  • Lesko, M. H. L., Grohs, J. R., Matusovich, H. M., Kirk, G. R., Carrico, C., van Montfrans, V., Gillen, A. L., Paradise, T., Blackowski, S. A., & Baum, L. M. (2018, June). Engagement in Practice: Lessons Learned Partnering with Science Educators and Local Engineers in Rural Schools. In ASEE Annual Conference proceedings.

  • Artiles, M. S., Waters, R. C., Taylor, A. R., Boyd-Sinkler, K., Blackowski, S. A., Hampton, C., ... & Lee, W. C. (2017, June). Action on Diversity: A Content Analysis of ASEE Conference Papers, 2015–2016. In 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

  • Cunningham, P., Williams, S.A., Matusovich, H.M. (2017). Beginning to Understand Student Indicators of Metacognition. In 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Columbus, OH.

  • Williams, S.A., Lutz, B., Hampton, C., Matusovich, H.M., Lee, W.C. (2016). Exploring Student Motivation towards Diversity Education in Engineering. In Frontiers in Education. Erie, PA.

  • Williams, S.A., Cunningham, P., Morelock, J., Matusovich, H.M. (2016). Lessons in Transfer: Better understanding of engineering students? metacognitive development. In Frontiers in Education. Erie, PA.

  • Jordan, K., Pembridge, J., Williams, S.A. (2015). Characterizing knowledge transfer in faculty communities of practice. 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Seattle, WA.  

  • Williams, S. A. (2014). Pedagogical communication in STEM education. Discovery Day 2014. Presented at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL.