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The tenure process began in the United States in 1915, and since then it has been the subject of both commendation and condemnation. Still, the tenure process is the norm in the majority of higher education institutions in the United States. Tenure remains highly desirable for many in academia, and those in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology are no exception. This paper aims to 1) determine the variability in perceptions of tenure requirements among both assistant and associate professors in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology programs and 2) identify perceived impediments for faculty seeking to obtain tenure. Similar surveys were sent to assistant and associate professors in the same programs for reporting perceptions of tenure requirements and to identify the impediments they faced towards their tenure process. The motivation for this research is to bring to the surface perceptions and concerns assistant professors have in obtaining tenure, and to identify if these concerns were also true to already tenured faculty. 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 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 a discussion about work-life balance for those on the tenure path.
Wheatley, B. B., & Miskioğlu, E., & Christou, E., & Tymvios, N. (2020, June), Pre- and Post-tenure: Perceptions of Requirements and Impediments for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35070
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