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Cross-Institutional Exploratory of Faculty Compensation Models to Incentivize Distance Learning Participation

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Continuing Professional Development Division Technical Session 4

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Continuing Professional Development

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26.428.1 - 26.428.10



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Mitchell L Springer PMP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Springer currently serves as the Executive Director for Purdue University’s College of Technology located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He possesses over 35 years of theoretical and industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Program Management and Human Resources. Dr. Springer possesses a significant strength in pattern recognition, analyzing and improving organizational systems. He is internationally recognized, has contributed to scholarship more than 150 articles, presentations, books and reviews on software development methodologies, management, organizational change, and program management. Dr. Springer sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, and his MBA and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. Dr. Springer is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & SHRM-SCP), in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and, in civil and domestic mediation. He is a State of Indiana Registered domestic mediator.

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Mark T Schuver Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Mark Schuver is the Director of the Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR) in the College of Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is responsible for the administration/operations of the Center with Program Management oversight of the Rolls-Royce Master’s Degree, the Construction Management Master’s Degree and non-credit certificate programs for working professionals in the College of Technology. Prior to joining Purdue in 2002, Schuver was employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years with assignments in Product Design, Research and Development, Supplier Management, Quality Management, Logistics Management and various leadership positions. He holds an Associate Degree in Drafting Technology from North Iowa Area Community College (1967), a B.S. in Business Administration (1990) and an M.S. in Management (1992) from Indiana Wesleyan University. Schuver has been a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Continuing Professional Development Division since 2006 and has served on the Executive Board of CPDD since 2008. He has authored multiple papers for the ASEE National Conference and presented at each CIEC. He also serves as the Chair of the five Special Interest Groups of CPDD.

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Thomas J Brumm Iowa State University

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Dr. Tom Brumm is associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) and Professor-in-Charge of Online Learning for the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts & Sciences. He is also the Director of Assessment for the College of Engineering. Dr. Brumm leads the development and delivery of online learning activities for two colleges that deliver two-thirds of the online courses at ISU. He has taught online courses for the past ten years. He is a leader in assessment, learning communities and competency-based learning at ISU, incorporating these activities into engineering and technology curricula. His disciplinary research examines systems approaches for capturing value and creating sustainability from post-harvest processes such as storage, handling, processing and biofuel production.

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Cross-Institutional Exploratory of Faculty Compensation Models to IncentivizeDistance Learning ParticipationAbstract:In higher education, courses and curriculum are purportedly the intellectual property of theacademic departments. Academic departments, then, provide instructors or faculty to teach. Theassignment of faculty to teach in distance-based programs directly implies there needs to existsome level of financial incentive for the home department of those faculty, as well as directincentive to the faculty who are involved in teaching. After all expenses are accounted for, then,what model for faculty compensation provides the greatest level of incentive to participate inprofessional studies? Building on previous scholarship and over a year of additional research,this paper focuses on the impact of numerous employed faculty compensation models acrossmultiple institutions of higher education.A survey of these many institutions of higher learning, regarding their compensation strategy foradjunct faculty, was collected and compiled. This presentation will share the results of thiscross-institution study and encourage input from attendees on their experience with these andother methods/practices.

Springer, M. L., & Schuver, M. T., & Brumm, T. J. (2015, June), Cross-Institutional Exploratory of Faculty Compensation Models to Incentivize Distance Learning Participation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23767

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