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Pathways to Technology Leadership

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Engineering Leadership Development Constituent Committee Division Poster Session

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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24.973.1 - 24.973.10



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Andrew C. Hurt Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Hurt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His expertise is in the area of Human Resource Development, with particular emphasis on training and development, technology leadership, and organizational development practices within organizations.

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Robert C. Deadman Ivy Tech Community College

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Jenny Daugherty Purdue University, West Lafayette


Daniel O. Lybrook Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Daniel Lybrook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation in the College of Technology at Purdue University.He has expertise in Human Resource Development and Curriculum Development.

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Pathways to Technology LeadershipTechnology-rich organizations are desperate for people who can pair technical knowledge, skills,and abilities with an ability to lead people. Organizations have historically focused on hiringemployees with either a strong technical competence or a strong leadership competence. The 21stcentury technology leader needs both. A gap exists between what organizations need fromemployees in the way of technical competence and leadership capability and educationalinstitutions need to adjust their curriculum to meet this need. This paper describes efforts tomove the field of science and technology forward by outlining a plan to uncover thecompetencies associated with technology leadership and propose a way of integrating thesecompetencies into technical education programs. This paper describes an approach towardpreparing students for a technical workforce by outlining a plan for ensuring they have bothtechnical skills and the ability to lead.An important objective of this approach is to prepare the educational pathway from high schooland Associate’s degrees through a Certificate and Bachelor’s degree so that students develop thenecessary technology leadership competencies. This effort will be strengthened by proactiveefforts to continually attract and retain a diverse range of students through the pathway. Thedevelopment of the pathway will be informed by the creation of a technology leadershipcompetency model. Information from industry will be collected, and with existing literature,used to identify essential competencies. This model will serve as guidance in the development ofcritical learning outcomes associated with technology leadership, informing curriculum,marketing efforts, and student support mechanisms. This paper presents the planned efforts oftwo institutions of higher education (a community college and a research intensive university) todevelop the technology leadership competency model and a collaborative educational pathwayfor the technology leaders of tomorrow. The best practices associated with developingcompetencies, industry collaboration, student support, and recruitment will be detailed. Inaddition, plans for implementation and broader dissemination will be shared.

Hurt, A. C., & Deadman, R. C., & Daugherty, J., & Lybrook, D. O. (2014, June), Pathways to Technology Leadership Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22906

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