Texas Tech University

Roman Taraban, Ph.D.

Professor
Experimental (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience)

Email: roman.taraban@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0450

Office: 310, Lab: 309 

Vita:
May 2022

Lab site:
 
www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/cognition
Ethical Engineer: 
ethicalengineer.ttu.edu
Emerging Research: 
emergingresearch.ciser.ttu.edu

Education:

Post-doc, 1988-1989, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Cognitive Psychology)
Ph.D., 1988, Carnegie Mellon University (Cognitive Psychology)
M.A., 1981, University of Chicago (Educational Psychology)

Taraban, Roman

Services and Awards

Positions:

  • Member of Editorial Board of East European Journal of Psycholinguistics (2017-present)
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology (2008-2014)
  • President of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) (2006-2007)
  • Assessment Coordinator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) supported Science Education Program at Texas Tech (2002-present)
  • Member of the Governing Board of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2006-2009)
Honors:
  • 2019 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2018-2021 Recipient of Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship
  • 2018 Recipient of Texas Tech Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER) Light Year Award
  • Recipient of College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Innovation Award (2017)
  • Recipient President's Academic Achievement Award (2016)
  • Psychonomic Society Fellow (2015)
  • Named 2014 Integrated Scholar by Office of the Provost (2014)
  • Recipient President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)
  • Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar (2010)
  • Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003)

Research

Interests:
  • Language learning, category induction, connectionist modeling, naïve Bayesian text analysis
  • Undergraduate study behaviors, engineering ethics, engineering problem solving, reading comprehension
Support:
  • National Science Foundation (NSF IGE) Developing Reflective Engineers through Artful Methods (DREAM) (2018-2021)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF CCLI) Refinement of Introductory Engineering Thermodynamics Computer-Based Learning Modules (2001-2004)
  • HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Undergraduate Sciences Education Program (2002-2012)

Books:

  • Taraban, R., & Blanton, R. L. (Eds.). (2008). Creating effective undergraduate research programs in science: The transformation from student to scientist. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Nakamura, G. V., Taraban, R., & Medin, D. (Eds.). (1993). The psychology of learning and motivation (Vol. 29): Categorization by humans and machines.  San Diego, CA:  Academic Press.

Book Chapters:

  • Taraban, R., Saraff, S., Biswal, R., Marcy, W. M. (2022). A paradigm for global student interactions through digital technologies in a post-Covid era.In P. Bawa (Ed.), Preparing faculty for technology dependency in the post-COVID-19 era. IGI Press.
  • Taraban, R., Saraff, S., Iserman, M., Biswal, R., Marcy, W. M. (in press). Developing a global context for ethical reflection. In S. K. Sia, L. S. Crane, A. K. Jain, and S. Bano (Eds.), Understanding psychology in the context of relationship, community, workplace and culture. Springer Nature Press.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Journals:

  • Kim, J-H., Nguyen, N. T. T., Campbell, R. C., Yoo, S., Taraban, R., & Reible, D. D. (2021). Developing reflective engineers through an arts-incorporated graduate course: A curriculum inquiry. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 42, 1-18.
  • Saraff, S., Kedas, S., Anand, R., Gupta, S., Biswal, R., & Taraban, R. (2020). Application of sentiment analysis in understanding human emotions and behaviour. EScripts (pp. 1-8). EAI. (online) 10.4108/eai.6-10-2020.166547
  • Nalabandian, T., Taraban, R., Pittman, Jessica C., & Maliepaard, S. (2020). Assessing college writing: Do students connect with the text?East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 7(1), 128-139. 29038/eejpl.2020.7.1.nal
  • Taraban, R. (2020). Limits of neural computation in humans and machines. Science and Engineering Ethics26(5), 2547-2553. 1007/s11948-020-00249-7
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M., LaCour, M. S., Prasad S. H. C., Zasiekin, S. (2020). Using the web to develop global ethical engineering students. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(3), 1-21. https://advances.asee.org/using-the-web-to-develop-global-ethical-engineering-students/
  • Taraban, R., Abusal, K. (2019). Analyzing topic differences, writing quality, and rhetorical context in college students' essays using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC). East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 6(2), 107-118. 5281/zenodo.3637769
  • Taraban, R., Pittman, J., Nalabandian, T., Yang, W. F. Z., Marcy, W. M., & Gunturu, S. M. (2019). Creating and testing specialized dictionaries for text analysis. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 6(1), 65-75. 5281/zenodo.3377557
  • Taraban, R., Koduru, L., LaCour, M., & Marshall, P. (2018). Finding a common ground in human and machine-based text processing. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 5(1), 8-91. 5281/zenodo.1436358
  • Taraban, R., Ceja, M., Suarez, J., Ernst, D., & Anderson, E. (2018). Building an Engineering Technology workforce. Journal of Engineering Technology, 35(1), 30-38.https://www.engtech.org/jet/

Conference Proceedings:

  • Pittman, J., Khatib, S., & Taraban, R. (2022). Assessment of changes in confidence and judgements of problem-solving processes in senior level chemical engineering students. Proceedings of the 2022 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Taraban, R., Vaughn, J., & Khatib, S. (2022). Associations of problem-solving strategy use, metacognition, confidence, and performance in a senior engineering review course. Proceedings of the 2022 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Vaughn, J., Taraban, R., & Khatib, S. (2022). Assessment of changes in engineering students' problem-solving strategies in a senior level review class. Proceedings of the 2022 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Campbell, R. C., Nguyen, N. T. T., Kim, J-H., Duke, L. A., Taraban, R., & Reible, D. D. (2021). Visual thinking strategies (VTS) for promoting reflection in engineering education: Graduate student perceptions. Proceedings of the 2021 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. Virtual
  • Maharubin, S., Arefeen, S., Campbell, R., & Taraban, R. (2021). Post-pandemic opportunities to re-engineer engineering education: A pragmatic-futurist framework. Proceedings of the 2021 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. Virtual
  • Saraff, S., Taraban, R., Marcy, W., & Biswal, R. (2021). Creating an internet platform for USA and Indian students to share ethical viewpoints. Proceedings of the 2021 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. Virtual
  • Taraban, R., Iserman, M., Pittman, J. C., Yeo, N., Campbell, R. C., Kim, J-H., & Reible, D. D. (2021). Assessment of reflective thinking in graduate engineering students: Human and machine methods. Proceedings of the 2021 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. Virtual
  • Campbell, R. C., Reible, D., Taraban, R., Kim, J.-H. (2020). More than a dream: The Developing Reflective Engineers through Artful Methods (DREAM) Project. In Proceedings of the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Gulf-Southwest (GSW) Section Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM.
  • Campbell, R. C., Reible, D. D., Taraban, R., Kim, J-H., & Na, C. (2020). Fostering reflective habits and skills in graduate engineering education via the arts and humanities. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. Virtual
  • Khatib, S. J., Taraban, R., Lawson, W. D. (2020). Student confidence and metacognitive reflection with correlations to exam performance in a FE review course in chemical engineering. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. Virtual
  • Khatib, S. J., Taraban, R., Lawson, W. D. (2020). Changes in student confidence, strategies, and reflection in a FE review course in chemical engineering. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf Southwest (ASEE-GSW) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Virtual
  • Taraban, R., Craig, C. M., Gunturu, S. M., Anderson, E. E. (2020). Machine analysis of differences in statics problem-solving concepts based on skill level. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf Southwest (ASEE-GSW) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Taraban, R., Robledo, D., Donato, F. V., Campbell, R. C., Kim, J-H., Reible, D. D., & Na, C. (2020). Machine-assisted analysis of communication in environmental engineering. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Campbell, R. C., Kim, J-H., Nguyen, N., Taraban, R., Reible, D. D., & Na, C. (2019). Exploring ways to develop reflective engineers: Toward phronesis-centered engineering education. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M., Koduru, L., Schumacher, J., & Iserman, M. (2019). Using machine tools to analyze changes in students' ethical thinking. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Taraban, R., Schumacher, J., Dulli, H., Lamp, D., & Anderson, E. E. (2019). Assessing problem-solving strategy use by engineering undergraduates. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Mcgallian, J., Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M. (2019). Teaching engineering ethics using interactive computer scenarios. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf Southwest (ASEE-GSW) Annual Conference, Tyler, TX.
  • Campbell, R. C., Reible, D. D., Taraban, R., & Kim, J-H. (2018). Fostering reflective engineers: Outcomes of an arts- and humanities-infused graduate course. Proceedings of the VIII World Engineering Education Forum, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M. (2018a). Using technology to develop ethical choice in engineering students. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf Southwest (ASEE-GSW) Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M. (2018b). Tools to assist with collection and analysis of ethical reflections of engineering students. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M., LaCour, M. S., Pashley, D., & Keim, K. (2018). Do engineering students learn ethics from an ethics course? Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf Southwest (ASEE-GSW) Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Teaching Interests

  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language and literacy
  • Cognitive development

Applied Interests

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Machine-based text analysis
  • Machine-based feedback and instruction
  • Problem solving procedures and strategies used by undergraduate engineering students
  • Positive benefits of participation in undergraduate research