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Faculty Scholarship And Technical Currency: 2007 Status Report On A National Survey Of Engineering Technology Faculty

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Professional Development and Scholarship

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Engineering Technology

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12.736.1 - 12.736.28



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Ahmed Khan DeVry University Orcid 16x16


Amin Karim DeVry University

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Amin Karim is the Director of Technology Programs at DeVry University. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading DeVry’s undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering technology, information systems, telecommunications, and biomedical programs. Before joining DeVry in 1991, he has worked in industry, and as a faculty and as a dean of engineering technology.

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Faculty Scholarship and Technical Currency: 2007 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty


The accomplishments of the 20th century are revolutionizing science and technology in the 21st century. The rate and pace of technological advancements is following an exponential growth. In the last decade the global society has experienced an expansion of knowledge-based in science, engineering, medicine, and technology of unparallel magnitude and proportions. The time to remake the world is becoming shorter with every new technological revolution. For industrial revolution it took two centuries to remake the world, for electronics it took seven decades. In the 21st century, with the convergence of multiple disciplines of science and technology it may take less than a decade to remake the world.

This convergence of multiple-disciplines has put new demands on educators as well on students. As technology leapfrogs and new technological domains evolve, it becomes increasingly important for faculty to keep current with the new and emerging technologies. The global market place requires students to possess an up-to-date technological knowledge-base and complex communications-skill set. In this regard faculty professional development activities and technical currency play an important role in promoting student learning and success.

This paper presents the findings of a national faculty survey conducted through the ETD listserve (( which presently has a membership of more than 3,700 faculty members and professionals belonging to more than 800 institutions in 30 countries and all 50 states of the United States. The intent of the survey is to gauge the status of professional development activities vis-à-vis faculty technical currency at personal, departmental and institutional levels in the domains of engineering technology. The paper also compares the current status of faculty scholarship vis-à-vis faculty technical currency to results obtained through earlier studies (2003).

Khan, A., & Karim, A. (2007, June), Faculty Scholarship And Technical Currency: 2007 Status Report On A National Survey Of Engineering Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2524

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