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Perceptions of Requirements for and Impediments to Tenure for Construction Faculty

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Development of Collaborative Skills in Construction Education

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26.1223.1 - 26.1223.12



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Nicholas Tymvios University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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John Hildreth University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Perceptions of Requirements for and Impediments to Tenure for Construction FacultySince its conception in 1915, the tenure process as well as the concept of tenure, have beenequally criticized and praised by academics and non-academics alike. Some of the argumentssupporting the tenure system include: freedom of teaching and research, as well as economicsecurity. On the other hand some of the criticisms of the tenure system include: encouragingfaculty to underperform after achieving tenure, and faculty sacrificing teaching over research.Nonetheless, the tenure system is in place and it exists in all academic fields and departments inthe US. As a result, a tenure position is position is coveted by faculty, and construction facultystrive for that kind of position as well.The aim of this research is to investigate the variability in perceptions of tenure requirementsamong faculty in construction programs, and identify any impediments to achieving tenure bythese faculty. To achieve this, faculty from ACCE and ABET accredited construction programs,in tenure-track or recently tenured positions were identified through online searches. They werethen provided with an online survey to complete in order to gather their input and perceptions ontenure requirements and their perceived impediments to achieving tenure. Initial results showthat tenure requirements or perceptions of tenure requirements vary according to the type ofinstitution, and the perceptions of impediments vary according as well according to the type ofposition (teaching or research intensive) faculty have.

Tymvios, N., & Hildreth, J. (2015, June), Perceptions of Requirements for and Impediments to Tenure for Construction Faculty Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24560

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