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Bringing Members Of Industry Into The Teaching Profession

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.275.1 - 10.275.9



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Sean Falkowski

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Bringing Members of Industry into the Teaching Profession

Sean A. Falkowski

University of Dayton

When coming from industry a new faculty member of engineering technology has many

challenges. The learning environment is enhanced by the faculty member’s experience gained in

the engineering field. Examples from industry can be used in the classroom to bring about a feel

for the applications necessary in engineering and technology. Also brought by this new faculty

member are techniques used in professional practice as well as skills needed to survive in the

workplace. But this change of careers can bring new challenges as well. The work to develop a

class and look at teaching methods is different than what a person may face outside of academia.

Trying to make sense of teaching, scholarship and community service in a university setting can

be a daunting task. Selling yourself for promotion and tenure can be challenging. This paper

will look at the advantages brought by a faculty member from industry entering the teaching

profession and what they will bring to the students. It will also discuss what mindsets need to be

altered and obstacles overcome in this career change.


One resource that can be used to recruit faculty into engineering technology is industry. A

person from an industrial background can bring experience and real case studies into an

engineering technology classroom. Students appreciate the ability of theses faculty members to

develop current practices and bring them into the classroom, allowing students to gain the latest

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Falkowski, S. (2005, June), Bringing Members Of Industry Into The Teaching Profession Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14507

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