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Faculty Technical Currency and Professional Development: 2013 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Issues in ET Education I

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Engineering Technology

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24.598.1 - 24.598.21



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Ahmed S. Khan DeVry University, DuPage Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ahmed S. Khan is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Dr. Khan has more than thirty years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design, development, evaluation, implementation and program accreditation, management and supervision.
Dr. Khan received an MSEE from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management., and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Fiber Optic Communications, Faculty Development, Application of Telecommunications Technologies in Distance Education, and Social and Ethical Implications of Technology. He is the author of many educational papers and presentations. He has authored/coauthored the following books:

• Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications (2012)
• Technology and Society: Issues for the 21st Century and Beyond 3E, (2008)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary 2E (2006)
• Fiber Optic Communication: An Applied Approach, Prentice Hall, N.J.(2002)
• Technology and Society: A Bridge to the 21st Century (2002) • Technology and Society: Crossroads to the 21st Century (1996)
• Technology and Society: A Spectrum of Issues for the 21st Century (1994)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary (1992)

Dr. Khan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and a member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Dr. Khan also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Aminul Karim DeVry University,Downers Grove, IL

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Amin Karim is an adjunct faculty at DeVry University. He served in various academic capacities at DeVry during 1991-2012 before retiring as the National Dean of Technology programs.

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Faculty Technical Currency: 2013 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology FacultyFaculty professional development activities and technical currency play an important role inpromoting student learning and success. Especially for non-research (purely teaching)institutions that offer technology driven programs, one of the most important factorsdetermining student success is the technical currency of faculty members. The AccreditationBoard for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and regional accreditation bodies place strongemphasis on the technical currency of faculty, and require institutions to provide opportunitiesfor faculty to keep abreast of technological advancesThis paper presents the findings of a faculty survey conducted through the ASEE ETD listservwhich presently has a membership of more than 3000 faculty members and professionalsbelonging to more than 677 institutions. The intent of the survey was to gauge the status ofprofessional development activities vis-a-vis faculty technical currency at personal,departmental and institutional levels in the domains of engineering technology. The survey alsoexplores faculty input regarding the importance of technical currency and its relationship tostudent learning and success. The paper also compares the current status of faculty scholarshipvis-à-vis faculty technical currency to results obtained through earlier studies (2003 & 2007).

Khan, A. S., & Karim, A. (2014, June), Faculty Technical Currency and Professional Development: 2013 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20489

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