June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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Developing a Professional Internship for Faculty in Construction Higher Education ProgramsFor attaining accreditation, construction programs must hire teaching candidates with theappropriate academic, professional and scholarly credentials. Most advertisements for openpositions require or prefer that candidates possess both a doctoral-level degree and constructionindustry experience, among other credentials. This is occurring as the number of constructionprograms engaged in research increases, and the focus on professional experience in constructiondecreases. However, the majority of junior faculty hired by construction programs possessing adoctorate-level degree has little professional experience relating to their teaching areas.Recognizing the need of faculty for professional development opportunities, the AssociatedGeneral Contractors of America’s Education and Research Foundation (AGC-ERF) launched aprofessional paid internship initiative for construction faculty starting on the summer of 2013.Prior to the official program launching, a pilot program was tested in the summer of 2011, withan AGC member contractor hosting a single faculty member selected from an ACCE accreditedinstitution. The internship was designed as a three-way partnership between the AGC-ERF, thefaculty host institution, and the contractor host company. The initial budget of the program was$30,000 funded in equal parts by the three internship partners to cover an internship period oftwo months. During the internship, the faculty was a member of the construction jobsitemanagement team at a level similar to a project engineer or assistant project manager.This paper presents the model followed for the implementation of the internship, as well asevaluates the results of the pilot program from the perspective of the academic side of thepartnership. The internship proved to be an excellent opportunity to develop closer ties betweenacademia, the construction companies, and AGC; by promoting the free exchange ofinformation, knowledge, and ideas that benefits the construction industry as a whole.
Palomera-Arias, R., & Capano, C. D. (2014, June), Developing a Professional Internship for Faculty in Construction Higher Education Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20277
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