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Engineering Education Ph.D. Students: Where Are They Now And What Was The Job Search Process Like?Engineering education as a research field is ever growing with more programs being developedthat offer a Ph.D. specifically in the discipline. With this evolution, it is important forprospective and current students to understand what jobs are available for individuals who obtainsuch degrees after they graduate and what experiences in the job search process are like. Wehypothesize that as the field has evolved so has the job search process and market for those withthese types of degrees. This “Tricks of the Trade” paper will provide information related to thehypothesis through a mixed methods research project targeting those who have recently receiveda Ph.D. in engineering education.This project will electronically employ Q methodology, an intrinsically qualitative andquantitative based approach, to answer the following research question: What are recentgraduates’ views of the engineering education job search process, and what types of positionsare they obtaining? For our study, we will contact recent graduates of two programs at twodifferent universities that offer a Ph.D. specifically in engineering education. To scope our work,we will limit our potential participants to those who have graduated in the last five years. Again,we believe the job market has changed since the initial evolution of these programs so scopingour timeframe to recent years provides a more accurate picture of the current market.Additionally, we recognize that other programs offer the same degree or similar degrees, but webelieve this approach will provide us with a strong baseline for answering our research questionfocused on those with this type of degree as it is relatively new. Future work may explore otherswith degrees in related fields. Analysis will include applying Q methodology approaches thatinclude clustering participants around trends and identifying salient views about engineeringeducation jobs and the job search process based on participant clusters.As more engineering education Ph.D. students enter the job market, it is essential that theyunderstand the current landscape and effectively can plan for future careers. Through our Qmethodology based study focused on “Tricks of the Trade,” we hope to provide insight into thisarea to assist future graduates with obtaining jobs in the field. Another benefit of this paper isthat we will highlight Q methodology which is not currently a common research approachemployed in engineering education.
Kajfez, R. L., & Croyle, C. M., & Snyder, A. N., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2014, June), Engineering Education Ph.D. Students: Where Are They Now and What Was the Job Search Process Like? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20387
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