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Consulting And Industrial Experiences As Related To Promotion And Tenure Of Engineering Technology Faculty

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.299.1 - 6.299.7



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Andrew Rose

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Session 1675

Consulting and Industrial Experiences as Related to Promotion and Tenure of Engineering Technology Faculty

Andrew T. Rose University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


To successfully achieve the goal of tenure, a well thought out professional development plan is essential. For engineering technology (ET) faculty, the requirements of the ET tenure process may be well suited for utilizing consulting and industrial experiences as a portion of the professional development plan. Engineering technology programs are different from engineering programs in that they teach the use of current technology to solve engineering problems facing industry. Accreditation requirements for ET programs prescribe that faculty have a minimum amount of industrial experience prior to beginning their teaching career. In addition, ET faculty can maintain currency is through industrial experience and consulting. Industrial experience and consulting can provide opportunities for professional development, if the faculty member properly documents these experiences in the technical literature. Consulting and industrial experiences can present opportunities for professional publishing in the form of case histories presented in conference proceedings and journal articles of a practical nature. Documenting how consulting and industrial experiences were incorporated into the curriculum also presents opportunities for pedagogical publications. In addition, applied research opportunities may result from experience in industry. This paper explores how ET faculty can utilize consulting and industrial experiences as part of their professional development plan for promotion and tenure.

I. Introduction

Promotion and tenure of engineering technology (ET) faculty requires evaluation of an individual’s proficiency in teaching, scholarship and service. The importance of each of these may vary from one institution to another. For a new ET faculty member, understanding what is expected at their institution in these three areas is important for putting together a strong plan leading to promotion and tenure.

An important difference between engineering and engineering technology programs regarding the use of consulting and industrial experiences as part of a promotion and tenure plan is worth noting. In engineering programs, consulting and industrial experiences have not been considered the most advantageous use of a faculty member’s time, relative to achieving promotion and tenure. In engineering technology, prior industrial experience is necessary for appointment.1 At many

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Rose, A. (2001, June), Consulting And Industrial Experiences As Related To Promotion And Tenure Of Engineering Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9038

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