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Faculty Development and International Collaborations Using Vertical Education Enhancement Model

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session II

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International Forum

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19.17.1 - 19.17.9



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Stephen U. Egarievwe Alabama A&M University

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Stephen Egarievwe (Member – IEEE, ASEE, APS, ATE, and ACM) is Associate Professor and Director of the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science (NERS) Center at Alabama A&M University, where he also served as Chair of the Engineering, Construction Management and Industrial Technology Department from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Egarievwe is the national secretary of INCREASE (The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education Access in Science and Engineering), an organization that promote research in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs). His research interests focus on advanced detectors for nuclear security and medical physics applications. He was a 2002 and 2004 Stanford University SLAC Scholar, a 2012 ABET Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership Scholar, and a 1998 R&D 100 Award winner for top 100 scientific/engineering products in Research and Development.

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Faculty Development Using Vertical Education Enhancement ModelThe continuous training and professional development of faculty members is essential to thegrowth of higher education institutions. With increase in online and distance learning,institutions of higher education can now reach more students across the globe. It is thereforeimportant to include international perspectives in faculty development activities. This paperpresents an effective faculty development initiative based on a vertical education enhancement(VEE) model that improves performance and moral through life-long learning and training,mentoring, continuous assessments and improvement feedbacks, research and external funding,grant writing, seed money for research, international activities and collaborations, and increasedconference participations and journal publications. The VEE model consists of three fundamentalinterwoven components: curriculum and mentoring; industry, government and communitypartnerships; and research and funding. The implementation of the VEE faculty developmentinitiative in a collaborative program between Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University(AAMU) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will be presented. The results andoutcomes for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty membersinclude increase in the following areas: participation in international education and researchcollaborations, number junior of faculty members proceeding to obtain doctoral degrees, externalfunding, conference participations and journal publications, and number of students engaged inresearch and international education activities.[This work has been supported by the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy and theNational Science Foundation through the Visiting faculty Program (VFP) and Faculty-StudentsTeam (FaST) program; the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission through award number NRC-27-10-514; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office,under competitively awarded contract/IAA award number 2012-DN-077-ARI065-03.]

Egarievwe, S. U. (2015, June), Faculty Development and International Collaborations Using Vertical Education Enhancement Model Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--17140

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