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A Review of Non-tenure-track, Full-time Faculty at Systems Centric Systems Engineering (SCSE) Programs

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Systems Engineering Curriculum and Programs

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and Industrial Engineering

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25.99.1 - 25.99.10



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Kahina Lasfer Stevens Institute of Technology

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Kahina Lasfer is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. Her research area is based on analyzing and creating a systems-based approach for the graduate systems engineering education for the 21st century. She participated in many projects at the school of systems and enterprises including a project to create a model curriculum in graduate software engineering. She has a master's degree in computer engineering. She worked with Lucent Technologies as a Software Developer and Software Designer/Architect in embedded systems. She held other positions related to project management.

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Arthur Pyster Stevens Institute of Technology

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Art Pyster is a distinguished Research Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and the Deputy Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) sponsored by the Department of Defense. During Pyster’s 35-year career, he held several senior positions, including being the Senior Vice President and Director of Systems Engineering and Integration for SAIC and the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. He is an INCOSE Fellow and a member of their Board of Directors. He currently runs BKCASE, a project that is establishing the body of knowledge for systems engineering together with curriculum guidelines for graduate programs in systems engineering.

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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.

Lasfer, K., & Pyster, A. (2012, June), A Review of Non-tenure-track, Full-time Faculty at Systems Centric Systems Engineering (SCSE) Programs Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20859

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