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Rank and Tenure Requirements at Teaching-Based University

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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New Faculty Development

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New Engineering Educators

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22.1211.1 - 22.1211.13



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Mahesh Aggarwal Gannon University

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Karinna M Vernaza Gannon University

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Karinna Vernaza joined Gannon University in 2003 and she is currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the Solid Mechanics and Materials area. She consults for GE Transportation and does research in the area of alternative fuels (Biodiesel), engineering education (active learning techniques), high strain deformation of materials, and reliability for design. She is an active member of the Outreach Committee for Society of Women Engineers, ASEE, and ASME.

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Rank and Tenure Requirements at Teaching-Based UniversityThe requirements for attaining tenure and advancement in rank are vastly different atresearch-oriented universities vs. teaching-based universities. In general, mostuniversities require a faculty member to satisfy university-defined requirements onteaching, scholarship, professional development, community service, service to theprofession, and service to the university for attaining tenure and advancement in rank.Even though requirements for rank and tenure at teaching-based universities havechanged over the years, the focus still remains on teaching and service. Requirements forteaching and service may vary from university to university but they are very similar inmost of the aspects. This paper presents the typical requirements at Gannon University,Erie, PA in each of the above mentioned areas. A comparison will also be made withother teaching-based institutions. Requirements at Gannon University have changed overthe years from no scholarship requirements before the 1980s to significant scholarlyactivity requirements today. Faculty members rely on student evaluations conducted atthe end of each semester and once a year peer evaluation to satisfy teaching requirements.At Gannon University, the Boyer’s model of scholarship was adopted around 2000 tosatisfy scholarship requirements.Key Words: Tenure, advancement in rank, teaching-based university, research-orienteduniversity

Aggarwal, M., & Vernaza, K. M. (2011, June), Rank and Tenure Requirements at Teaching-Based University Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18909

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