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Faculty Technical Currency and Professional Development: 2016 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Issues in Engineering Technology Education II

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Engineering Technology

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Ahmed S. Khan DeVry University - Addison 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-two years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design and development, program evaluation and 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, 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 Higher Educational Consultant

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Amin Karim is a higher education consultant specializing in administration, curriculum development and accreditation of electrical and computer engineering programs. He serves as a consultant for institutions with engineering programs in the Middle East. He retired as the national Dean of the College of Technology at DeVry University in 2012. He is a past Chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association of the American Society for Engineering Education and served as a TAC of ABET evaluator for engineering technology programs.

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Faculty Technical Currency and Professional Development: 2016 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty

Faculty professional development activities and technical currency play an important role in promoting student learning and success. Especially for non-research institutions that offer technology driven programs, one of the most important factors determining student success is the technical currency of faculty members. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and regional accreditation bodies place strong emphasis on the technical currency of faculty, and require institutions to provide opportunities for faculty to keep abreast of technological advances.

This paper presents the findings of a faculty survey conducted during December 2015-January-2016 using the ASEE ETD listserv. ETD has a membership of more than 4000 faculty members and professionals belonging to 1000 institutions from all 50 U.S. states and 57 countries. The intent of the survey was to gauge the status of professional development activities vis-a-vis faculty technical currency at personal, departmental, and institutional levels in the domains of engineering technology. The survey also explores faculty input regarding the importance of technical currency and its relationship to student learning and success. Finally, the paper compares the current status of faculty scholarship vis-à-vis faculty technical currency to the results obtained through earlier studies (2003, 2007 & 2013).

Khan, A. S., & Karim, A. (2016, June), Faculty Technical Currency and Professional Development: 2016 Status Report on a National Survey of Engineering Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26887

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