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The tenure process is a way of life in the majority of US higher education institutions, and faculty in engineering disciplines are no exceptions to this practice. A tenured position is coveted and sought by many aspiring assistant professors. Since the tenure process began in the US in 1915, it has faced both criticism and praise. This paper aims to highlight the variability in perceptions of tenure requirements among assistant professors in civil engineering, architectural engineering, and construction programs, between universities of different research activity intensities and assess their perceptions of impediments towards obtaining tenure. Associate professors in the same programs were also surveyed in order to reflect and report their perceptions of their requirements, and assess the impediments they faced towards their tenure process. The motivation for this research is to surface some of the concerns assistant professors have regarding the tenure process, and to identify if these concerns are also true to tenured faculty. Faculty from ACCE and 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 according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher education that classifies institutions according to their research activity. The authors hope that this paper will spark conversations regarding clarity of requirements and concerns about work-life balance for faculty in the tenure-track.
Tymvios, N., & Miskioglu, E., & Christou, E., & Wheatley, B. B. (2020, June), Pre- and Post-Tenure: Perceptions of Requirements and Impediments for Faculty in Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Construction Disciplines Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35069
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