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Managing Dual Academic Careers

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Managing Dual Careers

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Electrical and Computer, Women in Engineering, and Faculty Development Division

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21

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34949

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https://peer.asee.org/34949

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Yuting W. Chen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Yuting W. Chen received the B.S. degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 and 2011, all in Electrical Engineering. She is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining ECE Illinois, she worked at IBM Systems Group in Poughkeepsie, NY in z Systems Firmware Development. Her current interests include recruitment and retention of under-represented students in STEM, integrative training for graduate teaching assistants, and curriculum innovation for introductory programming courses.

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Jena Shafai Asgarpoor University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Jena Asgarpoor has been on the faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln since August 2017, as an Associate Professor of Practice and Director for the Master of Engineering Management Program in the College of Engineering. Dr. Asgarpoor received her Ph. D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Engineering Management, from Texas A&M University, College Station, where she had previously earned a B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude. Her interests lie in quality control, management, and customer satisfaction improvement in manufacturing and service industries, as well as teaching, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning outcomes particularly in the web-based asynchronous online space. Prior to UNL, she was a professor in Supply Chain Management and Decision Sciences at Bellevue University, Nebraska for 26 years, where in 1994 she developed and taught the first online course for that institution as part of her teaching portfolio. Currently, as President for the Council of Engineering Management Academic Leaders (CEMAL) she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and is the Education Chair on the Board for the Nebraska Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

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Robyn Sandekian University of Colorado, Boulder

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Robyn Sandekian, PhD, is the Manager of Diverse Faculty Recruiting for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. In this role, Robyn:
works with hiring committees to ensure that faculty searches reach a broad pool of potential applicants, coordinates discussions offered by the National Center for Women and Information Technology to identify and reduce implicit bias throughout the search process; directs a faculty development and leadership program to recruit diverse PhD students who wish to pursue academic positions after graduation; and manages the college's dual career and relocation program.

Dr. Sandekian earned degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder (B.S. 1992/M.S. 1994), a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (2011) and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (2017), both from the University of Northern Colorado.

She is a Founding Leader of the American Society of Engineering Education Virtual Community of Practice for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering and a facilitator of Safe Zone trainings.

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Jill K Nelson George Mason University

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Jill Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Rice University in 1998. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate study, earning an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Nelson's research focus is in statistical signal processing, specifically detection and estimation for applications in target tracking and physical layer communications. Her work on target detection and tracking is funded by the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Nelson is a 2010 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Education Societies.

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Lee Kemp Rynearson Campbell University

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Lee Rynearson an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Campbell University. He received a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and earned his PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University in 2016. He also has previous experience as an instructor of engineering at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, in Kanazawa, Japan.

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt P.E. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and her research focuses on the fate and transport of biologically-active organic contaminants in agricultural systems and water reuse in agriculture. She is a faculty fellow of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and maintains a courtesy appointment in the Department of Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has published over 95 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, was awarded an NSF CAREER award in 2012, and in 2015 was a member of a team receiving the Grand Prize for University Research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Dr. Bartelt-Hunt teaches an introductory course in environmental engineering as well as environmental engineering chemistry and solid waste management and has received university and national awards recognizing her teaching. She served as graduate chair in the Department of Civil Engineering from 2013-2016 and in 2014, was named a R. Vernon McBroom Engineering Leadership fellow in the College of Engineering.

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Janet Callahan Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6665-1584

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Janet Callahan is Dean of Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Her educational research interests include faculty development, first-year programs, retention, continuous improvement, mathematics and materials science teaching and learning, and K-12 STEM education.

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Abstract

As more and more partners desire to take up academic positions, managing dual careers is a matter that has profound impact both professionally and personally. Despite the rapid growth in engineering programs across the country, securing even just one faculty position is not an easy feat. When it is a dual-career opportunity, ideally this means securing two positions in the same university, which brings its own level of difficulty and complication. Often, universities work to make dual offers, which once accepted, is the beginning of realizing ongoing challenges associated with being a dual-career couple. This is especially true when raising a family. With competing travel schedules, teaching schedules, deadlines and meetings, making compromises can be a frequent occurrence. It’s not uncommon to have a crisis where a child needs to stay home and neither one of the parents is available. This panel brings together people from multiple levels of the university, from administrative through faculty who will bring their insights to bear. Panelists will offer tips and perspectives on managing dual careers, including navigating the academic job market as a dual career couple, achieving work-life balance, and best practices for supporting dual career faculty as a unit/college administrator. With panelists from four different universities, all in different stages in their careers, an engaged audience that includes instructional faculty at all levels, academic leaders and those considering an academic career will learn from this panel.

Chen, Y. W., & Asgarpoor, J. S., & Sandekian, R., & Nelson, J. K., & Rynearson, L. K., & Bartelt-Hunt, S., & Callahan, J. (2020, June), Managing Dual Academic Careers Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34949

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