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Framework for Engineering Faculty Competencies: The Case of an Engineering School in Latin America

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Faculty Development Lightning Talk Session 2

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Angélica Burbano Universidad Icesi

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Angelica Burbano C.,holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas. She holds a MSOM from Universidad Icesi and a BS in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana both in Cali, Colombia. She is a Fulbright Scholar 2007 and a fellow AOTS, Japan 2000.
Angelica has previous experience (six years) in the food manufacturing industry (experience related to inventory management and production planning and control, also information systems such as ERP). During her studies in the United States she worked a research assistant at the Center for Innovation on Healthcare Logistics CIHL, her work for CIHL focused on assessing the impact of GS1 standards adoption in the healthcare supply chain. Her research interests are related to the adaptation of existing manufacturing and logistics models and structures to the healthcare supply chain with a specific focus on medical supplies. She is currently interested on engineering education research.
She is part of the IE Department at Universidad Icesi since 1998. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience and served as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Industrial Engineering (2003-2007), Director of the graduate program in Industrial Engineering ( August 2012 – August 2014), and she is currently the IE Department Head.

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Ana Judith Ledesma Universidad Icesi

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Leader in academic processes of national accreditation - CNA and international accreditation - ABET.
Director of the Office of Continuous Improvement and International Accreditation of the School of Engineering of Universidad Icesi, in Cali-Colombia. Master in Management and Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Valle.

Fifteen (15) years of experience in academic and administrative management in higher education institutions in the public and private sectors (Universidad del Valle, Pontificia Universidad Javieriana Cali, Universidad de San Buenaventura de Cali). Six years in the direction of the Industrial Engineering program of the University of San Buenaventura, leading the processes of curriculum management, qualified registration, national and international accreditation - ABET. Nine years of experience in areas of investment projects and data analysis for decision making in higher education institutions. Six years as university professor in the areas of economic engineering and financial analysis

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Dayana Alexandra Ordoñez

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Bachelor in Industrial Engineering form Universidad Icesi. She is currently a research assistant and a student in the MSc. In Engineering program and provides administrative support to the continuous improvement office at the engineering school at Universidad Icesi, Cali- Colombia.

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WIP Framework for the development of faculty competencies: the case of an engineering school in Latin America

This Work in Progress paper presents the initial step towards the development of a framework for the definition of engineering faculty competencies as a guide for future faculty development and evaluation plans. The school of engineering at XX University has been working for the last 8 years on the design of curricula with the goal of incorporating international standards based on the development of competencies and learning outcomes (ABET). The university’s undergraduate engineering programs were accredited in 2017, which subsequently led to the identification of the necessity of implementing faculty development. Do professors of engineering schools need to improve and update their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to demonstrate their ability to guarantee the learning process of students under the requirements of engineering education standards such as ABET?

To begin answering this question the initial step was to perform a literature review on the competencies and skills required by engineering faculty in order to identify the most frequently considered competences. This will be followed by the characterization of the current state of the development of faculty competencies in the school of engineering. Next, an analysis of the findings will be performed in order to propose a framework for the definition of engineering faculty competencies (focusing on CDIO standards 9-10) that will serve as a guide for faculty development and evaluation plans at the school level. This project is part of a larger one that aims for the use all of the CDIO standards (1-12) for the continuous improvement of an academic program. the findings can potentially be utilized guide continuous improvement efforts at engineering schools with similar characteristics in Latin America or around the world. Lightning talk.

Burbano, A., & Ledesma, A. J., & Ordoñez, D. A. (2021, July), Framework for Engineering Faculty Competencies: The Case of an Engineering School in Latin America Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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