June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
New Engineering Educators
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Prospective Professors in Training Program for Ph.D. Candidates in EngineeringFor the past 6 years, a large North American university has been offering a training program forsenior-level Ph.D. Candidates in Engineering as they prepare for life after graduation.Specifically, the Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program offers a year-longcurriculum that includes seminars, activities and a theoretical course aimed to promote teachingand research excellence for individuals seeking to become engineering educators. The studentsof the course interact with current professors and experts from a variety of engineeringdisciplines on topics pertaining to the interview process, acquiring funding, developing aresearch program, building a research team, the tenure process, and so on. In addition, thestudents are expected to enroll in a theoretical course that examines the fundamentals ofengineering teaching. The course introduces elements of learning theories, engineeringpedagogy and accessible instruction, and challenges students to develop a teaching philosophyand an academic dossier – both of which are reviewed by current faculty with much feedbackgiven to the students.This study examines the PPIT program over a six-year period and attempts to understand areasof strengths and potential improvement. It analyzes the content of each of the seminars as wellas provides insight about how the theoretical concepts were received. The analyses compare theperceptions of the course longitudinally and use them to understand the impact of the PPITprogram on the professional development of the students. Specifically, each student was askedto complete a questionnaire before and after the PPIT program and, as a result, we have gathereda dataset that includes information on how the course has evolved over time. Quantitative dataprovided by student feedback is analyzed in addition to open-ended comments received toimprove the course each year. As we develop the course for next year, this study provides aframework that can assist in the development and improvement of similar programs in otherinstitutions going forward.
Variawa, C., & Kinawy, S. N., & Allen, D. G., & Damaren, C., & McCahan, S., & Karney, B. (2013, June), Prospective Professors in Training: A Transition Program for Ph.D. Candidates in Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22388
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