June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Most engineering assistant professors are faculty members at doctoral universities with the highest research activity. There is sometimes talk at conferences and workshops about institutions that focus more on teaching, but the scholarly community does not know much about the experiences of faculty at these institutions. This paper reports on the graduate school and job market experiences of six new engineering faculty who are currently at either a Baccalaureate College or a Master’s Institution (as classified by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education).
Six new engineering assistant professors, two females and four males, were interviewed as part of a larger research project exploring the pathway to and current experiences of faculty members at institutions of varying teaching and research activity. This paper responds to the following research question: How do engineering assistant professors describe their faculty job search experiences for positions at Baccalaureate Colleges and Master’s Institutions? The thematic analysis revealed thought provoking findings, especially for graduate students as they start their job search process. The findings reported in this paper focus on how the assistant professors were able, and unable, to prepare for their teaching responsibilities
This paper will likely interest graduate students who are considering academic careers and would like to focus on teaching in these positions. Faculty members who mentor graduate students will also find this paper useful to understand how to best support their students as they pursue post-doctoral options. Future research directions will explore how some of the findings and recommendations could be implemented into graduate programming and future faculty and similar professional development initiatives.
Trellinger, N. M., & Jesiek, B. K. (2017, June), How Six Assistant Professors Landed Their Jobs at Baccalaureate Colleges and Master's Institutions: A Focus on Pathways and Teaching (Un)preparedness Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28449
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