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Pre- and Post-tenure: Perceptions of Requirements and Impediments for Chemical Engineering Faculty

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Perceptions, Reflections, Collaborations, and Student Support in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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Elif Miskioglu Bucknell University

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Dr. Elif Miskioğlu is an early-career engineering education scholar and educator. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with Genetics minor) from Iowa State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University. Her early Ph.D. work focused on the development of bacterial biosensors capable of screening pesticides for specifically targeting the malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. As a result, her diverse background also includes experience in infectious disease and epidemiology, providing crucial exposure to the broader context of engineering problems and their subsequent solutions. These diverse experiences and a growing passion for improving engineering education prompted Dr. Miskioğlu to change her career path and become a scholar of engineering education. As an educator, she is committed to challenging her students to uncover new perspectives and dig deeper into the context of the societal problems engineering is intended to solve. As a scholar, she seeks to not only contribute original theoretical research to the field, but work to bridge the theory-to-practice gap in engineering education by serving as an ambassador for empirically driven, and often novel, educational practices.

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Nicholas Tymvios Bucknell University

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Nicholas Tymvios received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1999, and 2002 respectively. After working for four years in Cyprus in the construction industry, he was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Oregon State University, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management. His area of concentration is construction safety, and in particular Prevention through Design.
Upon graduation, he worked for four years as an Assistant Professor at UNC-Charlotte. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA, USA).

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Eliana Christou University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Benjamin B Wheatley Bucknell University

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Benjamin Wheatley was awarded a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Trinity College (Hartford, CT, USA) in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, USA) in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA, USA). His pedagogical areas of interest include active learning approaches, ethics, and best practices as they relate to computational modeling. He runs the Mechanics and Modeling of Orthopaedic Tissues Laboratory at Bucknell, where they use computational and experimental techniques to better understand the mechanics of musculoskeletal soft tissues and human movement.

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The tenure process has been both applauded and criticized since its inception in 1915. While some institutions have chosen to move away from the tenure process, it is still prevalent in the US higher education system. The title of tenured professor is a sought after prize by untenured faculty, and those in chemical engineering are no exception. Anecdotally, faculty know that the tenure process can be variable among institutions, at times unclear, and sometimes perceived as unachievable. The aims of this paper are to shed light on the perceptions of early career faculty (untenured or recently tenured) regarding the tenure process. Specifically, we aim to: (1) classify the variability in perceptions of tenure requirements among assistant and associate professors in chemical engineering programs and (2) identify their perceived impediments towards obtaining tenure. Faculty from ABET accredited programs in tenure-track positions were identified through an online search, and were provided with an online survey to complete. Faculty responses were categorized by rank and according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher education that classifies instructions according to their research activity. We hope that this paper will spark conversations regarding clarity of requirements, and concerns about work-life balance for tenure-track faculty.

Miskioglu, E., & Tymvios, N., & Christou, E., & Wheatley, B. B. (2020, June), Pre- and Post-tenure: Perceptions of Requirements and Impediments for Chemical Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35068

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