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International Faculty Teaching Engineering at U.S. Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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International Division Technical Session 4

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26.1016.1 - 26.1016.12



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Maher M Murad University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

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Dr. Maher Murad is a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Technology department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dr. Murad served as a visiting professor at Bucknell University. He also has overseas teaching and professional experience. He worked as a technical manager at Modern Contracting and as a highway project manager at Acer Freeman Fox International. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Ohio. Dr. Murad received a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo.

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Jerry W. Samples University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

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JERRY SAMPLES is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Director of Engineering Technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ). He holds a BS ChE. from Clarkson College, and MS and Ph.D. in ME from Oklahoma State University. He taught at the United States Military Academy for 12 years before joining UPJ in 1996. He is the founder and President of Teaching The Teachers, Inc., a company dedicated to teaching and learning. His recent work has been in the area of foundations of good teaching and development of advanced teaching methods. He received the 2008 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award and is a Fellow of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

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International Faculty Teaching Engineering at US Institutions: Challenges and OpportunitiesAbstractInternational instructors from all over the world seek teaching opportunities in engineering andengineering technology programs at United States (US) institutions. Many of them receive USgraduate degrees and some have previous overseas teaching experience.This paper discusses primarily the challenges and opportunities for instructors with internationalbackgrounds as they teach engineering or engineering technology at US institutions. The paperattempts to address issues related to diversity, teaching, communication, and student learning.The author shares his own experience and that of a sample of other international instructors whoare teaching engineering or engineering technology at US universities. In particular, diversityacross the curriculum and other activities, aimed at preparing students to function in diverseenvironments and in a globally connected and changing world, are presented and discussed. Thepaper provides suggestions and advice for success to new international faculty joining eithervisiting or tenure track positions in engineering or engineering technology programs.

Murad, M. M., & Samples, J. W. (2015, June), International Faculty Teaching Engineering at U.S. Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24353

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