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Promoting Alternative Teaching-Professor Hires: A New PATH for Engineering State University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

WIED: Faculty and Gender Issues

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Women in Engineering

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24.1019.1 - 24.1019.9



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Cheryl Cass North Carolina State University

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Cheryl Cass is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University where she has served as the Director of Undergraduate Programs since 2011.

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Lisa G. Bullard North Carolina State University

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Dr. Lisa Bullard is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from NC State and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She served in engineering and management positions within Eastman Chemical Company from 1991-2000. A faculty member at NC State since 2000, Dr. Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, including the ASEE Raymond W. Fahien Award, the John Wiley Premier Award for Engineering Education Courseware, NC State Faculty Advising Award, National Effective Teaching Institute Fellow, NC State Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, and the ASEE Southeastern Section Mid-Career Teacher Award. She is a member of the editorial board for Chemical Engineering Education and serves a Director of the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. She will be a co-author, along with Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Ronald Rousseau, of the 4th edition of Chemical Process Principles. Dr. Bullard’s research interests lie in the area of educational scholarship, including teaching and advising effectiveness, academic integrity, process design instruction, and the integration of writing, speaking, and computing within the curriculum.

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Anita R. Vila-Parrish North Carolina State University

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Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish is the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Teaching Assistant Professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Currently, Dr. Vila-Parrish is teaching and coordinating the senior design project course as well as advising the ISE undergraduates. Related to her teaching and advising she is interested in research focused on engineering education topics including project-based learning in engineering design and global preparedness. Dr. Vila-Parrish continues research in inventory and production strategies for perishable products and those with short product lifecycles.

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Promoting Alternative Teaching-Professor Hires: A New PATH for Engineering State UniversityAccording to recent literature, non-tenure-eligible or non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty comprisebetween 50-75% of current 2-year and 4-year university faculty members and new universityfaculty hires. The purpose of this work is to discuss recent survey data collected from NTTfaculty at Engineering State University (ESU), a large 4-year university in the southeast and tomake recommendations for improving the university culture for hiring, fostering, and promotingNTT faculty. The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) surveyis a nationally-recognized instrument that is administered to all university faculty at ESU on atriennial basis with the purpose of assessing faculty satisfaction in various domains of universitylife including available resources, promotion policies, benefits and compensation, departmentcollegiality, quality, and engagement, and interdisciplinary work and collaboration.For this work, we will focus on recent interventions that have resulted from the COACHE data,specifically discussing improvements in the promotion process for NTT faculty and thedevelopment of a NTT support group in ESU’s College of Engineering.The Office of Faulty Development in ESU’s College of Engineering initially spearheaded adiscussion of best practices for NTT faculty career development and promotion in Fall 2011.Promotional policies that have already been adopted at the University level will be discussed,including those related to letters of support, expectations for national and international visibility,and department voting. Future work at ESU will focus on NTT faculty career enrichment inaddition to the development of more standard procedures for recognizing and evaluating theexternal impact of research, teaching, and outreach efforts of NTT faculty.

Cass, C., & Bullard, L. G., & Vila-Parrish, A. R. (2014, June), Promoting Alternative Teaching-Professor Hires: A New PATH for Engineering State University Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22952

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