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Growing and Training Effective Faculty

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Integrating Teaching Assistants, Tenure-track, and Non-tenure-track Faculty into a Cohesive Department

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Civil Engineering

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Ronald W. Welch The Citadel

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Ron Welch (P.E.) received his B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1990 and 1999, respectively. He became the Dean of Engineering at The Citadel on 1 July 2011. Prior to his current position, he was the Department Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler from Jan 2007 to June 2011 as well as served in the Corps of Engineers for over 24 years including eleven years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy.

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Ally Kindel Martin The Citadel

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Ally Kindel Martin is the Director of Student Engagement, Projects & Finance in the School of Engineering. In her position, she has worked with the Supplemental Instruction program, launched STEM Freshmen Outreach initiatives, created an Engineering Mentor Connection program, and revitalized the Engineering Career & Networking Expo. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Previously she worked as a Student Success Adviser and focused on early intervention initiatives. She has taught courses including First Year Seminar, Keys to Student Success and University 101.

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Robert J. Rabb P.E. The Citadel

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Robert Rabb is an associate professor and the Mechanical Engineering Program Director at The Citadel. He previously taught mechanical engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and his M.S.E. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are in mechatronics, regenerative power, and multidisciplinary engineering.

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Kevin C Bower PE The Citadel

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Dr. Kevin Bower is a Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Bower’s teaching research interests are in improving active learning environments and the development of classroom pedagogy to improve moral development in engineering students.

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The XXXX has a faculty development and training model that not only provides effective mentoring of new faculty, but reinvigorates senior faculty. The model uses the ASCE ExCEEd teaching workshop to mentor and enhance teaching effectiveness while providing faculty development funds to enhance external development opportunities, research, and research presentation by the faculty, staff, and students.

The program has been used over the past five years and has dramatically enhanced the quality of education based on student assessment, but also has greatly increased the scholarship production (more than doubled) of the faculty at a primarily teaching focused school, especially senior faculty. The data will be presented and analyzed with presentation of the best practices that can be used at many schools to improve teaching and scholarship production.

Welch, R. W., & Martin, A. K., & Rabb, R. J., & Bower, K. C. (2017, June), Growing and Training Effective Faculty Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28426

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