June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
College Industry Partnerships
24.20.1 - 24.20.10
A Case for Utilizing Outreach Opportunities to Improve Faculty PerformanceMost companies in manufacturing and service industries have identified professionaldevelopment as a means for their staff to improve operational performance and for the companyto develop a competitive advantage. However, many approach this gap via coordinated hourlyworkforce training or tuition assistance for salaried staff, leaving professional continuingeducation as an ad hoc endeavor. A win-win opportunity exists for academic programs to fill theprofessional development gap while simultaneously obtaining feedback and direction fromindustry about the knowledge and skills expected of their graduates. This paper provides anoverview of how a college-industry partnership born of the complementary goals of academiaand industry can be realized through faculty outreach.The material presented in this paper is based on information and data collected from multipleoutreach opportunities with several different manufacturing and/or service companies. It willdiscuss some of the benefits of the outreach for the industrial partners, but will focus more on thebenefits for the university and its students. Academic benefits will include: 1) enhancement ofthe faculty’s knowledge and skills through exposure to real-world problems, 2) exposure topublication opportunities, 3) enhanced visibility of the university’s academic programs, 4) howthe outreach opportunities provide feedback on the university’s academic programs andcurriculum development, 5) how outreach leads to employment and internship opportunities forstudents.A model for faculty engagement and industrial training and development is presented along witha summary of the benefits and challenges of completing outreach opportunities betweenindustrial partners and faculty of a four year university. The paper will also discuss thechallenges for faculty of a teaching-intensive university to balance the benefits gained fromparticipating in outreach opportunities with the demands and expectations of the university.
Sanders, J. H., & Angolia, M. (2014, June), A Case for Utilizing Outreach Opportunities to Improve Faculty Performance Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19912
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