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Negotiating the Tenure and Promotion Process

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade II

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New Engineering Educators

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25.970.1 - 25.970.8



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Robert A. Chin East Carolina University

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Robert A. ”Bob” Chin is a Full Professor in the Department of Technology Systems, East Carolina University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the current Director of publications for the Engineering Design Graphics Division and Editor for the Engineering Design Graphics Journal. Chin has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s annual and mid-year conference Program Chair, and he has served as a review board member for several journals including the EDGJ. He has been a Program Chair for the Southeastern Section and has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s Vice Chair and Chair and as the Instructional Unit’s Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair.

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I. Richmond Nettey Kent State University

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I. Richmond Nettey is the Associate Dean of the College of Technology at Kent State University. He served as President of the University Aviation Association in 1997-1998 and as a trustee of the Council on Aviation Accreditation (d.b.a. AABI) from 2004 to 2007. He received the Ron McNair Award for Lifetime Contribution to Aeronautics from FAA employees in 2004 and an Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Award in 1995. He holds membership in the National Academy of Science's Transportation Research Board Committees on Aviation System Planning (AV020) and Airport Terminals and Ground Access (AV050) in Washington, D.C. He serves as an Airport Management Consultant for the Houston Airport System and a reviewer for the Transportation Research Board (2002 - present) while serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Air Transport (1996 - Present) and on the Review Panel for Collegiate Aviation Review (1994 - present).

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Edem G. Tetteh

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Edem G. Tetteh is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Paine College. He has previously held a faculty position in the Industrial and Logistics Technology (INLT) program in the Department of Technology at Virginia State University. He received his B.S. in manufacturing systems and a M.S. in industrial engineering both from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He received his Ph.D. in technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Tetteh has authored a book entitled "Engineering Approach to Work Design: Issues for the Obese Workers" and a forthcoming book in 2012 entitled "Customer-Oriented Global Supply Chains: Concepts for Effective Management." He also has several publications in the area of ergonomics and human factors and logistic and supply chain. He directed the self-study leading to the accreditation of the Industrial and Logistics Technology program by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

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Philip Weinsier Bowling Green State University, Firelands

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Philip Weinsier is currently an Associate Professor and EEET Program Director at Bowling Green State University, Firelands. He received B.S. degrees in physics and industrial education (1978), an M.S. degree in industrial education, and an Ed.D. degree in vocational/technical education from Clemson University (1979 and 1990, respectively). He is currently the Editor of the International Journal of Modern Engineering and the International Journal of Engineering Research and Innovation, and Editor-in-Chief of the Technology Interface International Journal. Weinsier is a Fulbright Scholar, a lifetime member of the International Fulbright Association, and a member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction since 1989. Additionally, he has more than 25 years of experience teaching applied engineering at the university level and has received more than $250,000 in grants.

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Negotiating the Tenure and Promotion ProcessA tenure and promotion panel discussion and question and answer session was conducted duringa management, technology, and applied engineering conference. The purpose of this forum wasto provide junior faculty members—tenure track assistant professors primarily—withperspectives on negotiating the reappointment, tenure, and promotion process. It also providedaudience members who make tenure and promotion recommendations with an opportunity toshare their perspectives and to glean insights.The panel was comprised of tenured faculty and administrators who shared their experiencesnegotiating the process themselves; who advise, counsel, guide, and support junior faculty; andwho serve as tenure gatekeepers. In preparation, an inquiry was made seeking questions andconcerns from a defined population. Included but not limited to the following were among theinputs: techniques, strategies, etc. that have resulted in successful tenure and promotion;developing a roster of possible external reviewers; value of applied research verses basicresearch; developing a research agenda; moderate to heavy teaching loads verses developing aresearch agenda; pursuing tenure and promotion expectations verses negative political fallout;trends in weighing or valuing research verses teaching. Concurrently, an invitation was extendedto a defined population of potential panelists who possess and would be willing to share theirtenure and promotion process experiences.Once identified, the panelists were sent the suggested inputs solicited from the potential forumattendees in preparation for the forum. The panelists were asked to review the inputs and toidentify two to three topics on which they would talk.The purpose of this paper is to share the findings of the aforementioned tenure and promotionpanel discussion and question and answer session, to share reflections on the forum, and to offersuggestions for negotiating the tenure and promotion process based on the results of the forum. Itis anticipated the paper will serve as an impetus for continued dialogue on this topic ofconsiderable importance for sustaining professional excellence.

Chin, R. A., & Nettey, I. R., & Tetteh, E. G., & Weinsier, P. (2012, June), Negotiating the Tenure and Promotion Process Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21727

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