New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Engineering Leadership Development Division
This work augments our understanding of faculty perceptions of engineering leadership and its place in engineering curricula. As evident by the scholarly activity, development of a new division within ASEE, and attendance at the sessions for that division, engineering leadership is an area of increasing interest among the engineering education community. However, discussions at a 2015 conference panel appeared to show that this interest is not uniform across all members of the professorate. Based on observations in this session and others, there appears to be a relationship between the faculty member’s level of professional experience from outside the academy and his or her degree of commitment to the importance of including engineering leadership in the curriculum. Whether this experience was in a military or industrial setting, it appears to heighten the perceived need for engineering educators to provide methods to develop engineering leadership skills within their undergraduate students.
This study investigates this apparent split using two sources of information: the background of authors publishing in recent engineering leadership literature and a national survey of engineering educators. The first source involves analysis of information on authors actively publishing in engineering leadership. Using this information, the paper identifies biographical information common to those who appear to be most engaged in the topic and compares it to existing national faculty profiles. These findings are augmented through national survey of engineering faculty. The survey investigated faculty perceptions on the importance of engineering leadership development and the manner faculty think these materials should be incorporated in engineering curricula. These perceptions are investigated with respect to participant’s backgrounds and experiences outside the academy. This work will be of interest to both faculty building commitment for and materials supporting integration of engineering leadership in the curriculum and the engineering leadership profession.
Schell, W. J., & Kauffmann, P. J. (2016, June), Engineering Leadership: Faculty Perceptions and Profiles Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26653
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