Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
This paper provides a case example of developing a faculty mentoring program at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) using the DEJI systems engineering model. AFIT is the United States of America’s graduate school of engineering and management, and technical professional continuing education for the Air Force. AFIT is a military organization with an education mission. AFIT provides advanced education to the Air Force and other military and government organizations. The faculty is composed of military and civilian educators. The military faculty rotates on average every three years from their faculty positions into other Air Force assignments. Therefore, this environment requires an adaptive and agile faculty mentoring program to accommodate military and civilian faculty members and facilitate expedient adaptation to their new roles.
This work provides a model for evaluating a formal mentoring structure at AFIT. The goals of the mentoring program are to: 1. Enhance the opportunity for new faculty to engender a sense of belonging 2. Improve new faculty’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities 3. Support teaching and research excellence 4. Encourage collaboration and cross-disciplinary engagement The case example presented utilizes the DEJI systems engineering model, which advocates a structured approach that can be followed to Design, Evaluate, Justify, and Integrate elements of any new work design. In this particular case example, a New Faculty Development and Mentoring (NFDM) program is illustrated to enhance faculty development in higher education for an unconventional educational environment, such as the Air Force graduate school. The structure of the mentoring program including the embedded evaluation processes will be presented, as well as preliminary results from data collection and how data will be used in a feedback loop of continuous quality improvement.
Bommer, S. C., & Grimes, A. E., & Badiru, A. B. (2018, June), Application of DEJI® Systems Engineering Model in the Development of a New Faculty Mentoring Program in Higher Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29808
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