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Title: What does an Engineering Instructional Faculty do? Voices of Engineering Instructional Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
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Proceedings of the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference
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National Science Foundation
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