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Non-Tenure Track Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

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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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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 P.E. The Citadel

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Dr. Kevin Bower is the D. Graham Copland Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Bower’s research into teaching and learning forces on improving active learning environments and the development of principled leaders attributes in engineering students.

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With the growth of academic programs to include online at XXXX and coupled with the requirement to provide full benefits to adjunct faculty who are teaching more than 9 credit hours in a semester, XXXX, a primarily teaching focused school, has begun to shift from a nearly complete tenure track faculty to a faculty model with 25 percent of the faculty non-tenure track. This change in faculty structure has also been driven by the State controlling through their approval each year of the number of full time equivalents (FTE) lines available.

Normally limited faculty development, presentation, and small research grants were available to the tenure track faculty, but now some schools at XXXX are providing these funds to non-tenure track faculty which not only improves the potential for a non-tenured track faculty moving into a tenure track line in the future and increases the overall faculty scholarship production, but enhances the quality of non-tenured track faculty activities as well as their future transportability to another opportunity; thereby enhancing the entire program. The obvious downside is the spreading of already limited faculty development funds over a larger population.

The School of Engineering at XXXX will outline its faculty development programs as well as co-teaching models that are producing a more cohesive department (scholarship increased production). Faculty surveys, student survey and comments, and non-tenure track faculty changes will be presented, analyzed, and best practices presented based on the data.

Welch, R. W., & Rabb, R. J., & Bower, K. C. (2017, June), Non-Tenure Track Faculty Professional Development Opportunities Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28709

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