San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and Industrial Engineering
25.99.1 - 25.99.10
A Review of Non-Tenure-Track Full Time Faculty at Systems Centric Systems Engineering (SCSE) ProgramsAbstract This study reviews the status of non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) at existingSystems Centric Systems Engineering (SCSE) programs in the U.S., including hiringpolicies, roles, and working conditions. Barriers against hiring NTTF are also identified.A comprehensive survey supported by follow-up interviews and school web site andother literature reviews were conducted with all 30 existing SCSE programs nationwideto collect and analyze pertinent data for this study. As systems Engineering (SE) education is inherently highly multidisciplinary, isconstantly evolving and stays up to date on the new processes and technology thatinfluence the learning and teaching methods. NAE (2004) have identified industry needs,real world experiences, and managements components are important concepts to includein graduate curriculum to extend beyond just pure technical. Thus, this paper examineson the growth, role and policies on full-time NTTF in all existing SCSE programs in theU.S. The key findings from the study are: (1) less than 50% of SCSE programs hireNTTF and among them, the majority of the programs (65%) have less than 4 NTTF aspart of their full-time faculty; (2) most of the NTTF (67%) spend the majority of theirtime teaching; (3) all of the respondents (65% response rate) who hire NTTF identifiedindustrial experience as the most attractive reason for hiring them; (4) close to 58% of therespondents use a formal search to hire NTTF compared to 31% who use personalnetwork or personal recommendations; and (5) over 80% of the respondents applyfavorable policies in hiring and retaining NTTF and 32% of them reported that the hiringprocess for NTTF is decentralized, allowing it to be conducted at the department orschool level. Most of the barriers against hiring NTTF concentrated on the short contractlength as being unattractive and a lack of available budget for hiring NTTF.
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