June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Women in Engineering
24.967.1 - 24.967.2
From Industry to the Academy – Female Faculty Boundary Spanners Offering & Gaining PerspectiveAbstract Universities seem to be reviving their interest in engaging industrial concerns. Amongengineering schools, there is an increased dialogue around the desire for greater connections withindustry with the goal of seeking richer understanding of actual engineering practice. In theclassroom, pedagogies of engagement and active learning often demand “in context” learningscenarios to provide students with authentic engineering experiences. This quest forcollaboration and authenticity is also seen in calls for funding proposals, which often encouragesome explicit form of participation by industrial firms or practitioners. But what is the model forcultivating and sustaining such connections? One approach taken is the hiring of academically credentialed and industry experiencedengineers back into the university as faculty. Sometimes referred to as faculty of practice, theseindividuals offer the benefit of extensive “real” engineering experience, while carrying thecredibility that accompanies having survived the rigors of a technically oriented, research-basedPh.D.. Further, they come with rich personal connections and a full Rolodex of contacts thatwould take years to develop organically from inside an academic institution. The questionhowever, is where do such hybrid faculty come from and what would possess individuals tomake such a non-traditional career move? Further, what are the experiences and perspectives(shared and gained) in taking such a career path? This panel would seek out 3-5 such “boundary spanning” female faculty for a lively paneldiscussion surrounding their personal journeys. Topics of moderated discussion would rangefrom: decisions around making such a career switch; first impressions of moving from industryto the academic setting; roles and assignments associated with these faculty positions; benefitsand drawbacks to the career pathway; and lessons learned/advice for individuals and institutionsconsidering this approach. An open question and answer session would follow.Key words: industrial engagement, industry, engineering practice, career transformation,faculty of professional practice.
Pilotte, M. K., & Bairaktarova, D., & Kajfez, R. L. (2014, June), Panel: Faculty of Practice: Female Faculty Boundary Spanners Offering & Gaining Perspective Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22900
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