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Researchers And Practitioners: A Dual Track Path To Tenure That Works

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Issues in the Professional Practice of Faculty Members in Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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15

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13.1043.1 - 13.1043.15

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https://peer.asee.org/3691

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Allen Estes California Polytechnic State University

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Allen C. Estes is a Professor and Head for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until January 2007, Dr. Estes was the Director of the Civil Engineering Program at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Al Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1978, M.S. degrees in Structural Engineering and in Construction Management from Stanford University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997.

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Brent Nuttall California Polytechnic State University

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Brent Nuttall is an Associate Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and Vice-President of Nabih Youssef & Associates, Structural Engineers in Los Angeles, California. He is a registered Professional and Structural Engineer in California. He received a B.S. degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Architectural Engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

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Cole McDaniel California Polytechnic State University

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Cole C. McDaniel is an Assistant Professor in the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California. Cole McDaniel received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1996, 1997, and 2002, respectively.

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Researchers and Practitioners: A Dual Track Path to Tenure That Works

Abstract

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) for the 21st Century and has produced a draft version of the follow-on BOK II, both which attempt to define the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a civil engineer. A section of that document addresses who should teach this body of knowledge. It concludes that civil engineering faculty must be scholars, effective teachers, practitioners, and role models. In most universities, practitioners are included on the faculty as adjunct professors. They are paid less and are not viewed as full-fledged partners. The Architectural Engineering program at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo is one of the few exceptions where practitioners with a master’s degree in structural engineering, a structural engineering license, and a decade or more of experience in industry have an equal path to tenure.

This paper cites the advantages and disadvantages of this program and addresses the most often expressed concerns for this alternative. Such issues as the professional development and scholarship components of the tenure process, the role of consulting, the integration of practitioners into the faculty, the value of their contacts to industry, and the types of classes the practitioners teach are all addressed. The purpose is to describe a model that other universities may wish to consider as the profession debates the CE faculty of the future.

I. Introduction

The American Society of Civil Engineers has defined the Body of Knowledge (BOK) that describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become a licensed professional engineer1,2. The BOK is presented in the form of 15 outcomes that prescribe the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge required for a practicing civil engineer.

A section of the BOK addresses who should teach this body of knowledge. It concludes that civil engineering faculty must be scholars, effective teachers, practitioners, and role models. While true, there are a number of complex issues that arise such as whether it is possible for one person to possess all of these attributes and whether such a model best serves the projected trends in civil engineering education.

Estes and Welch3 attempted to identify the most appropriate faculty of the future with respect to each of the required outcomes in the BOK. Their approach is illustrated in Table 1 which lists the 15 outcomes that comprise this body of knowledge. For each BOK outcome, the effort considered four categories of faculty members including a faculty member with only a bachelor’s degree, but with at least 15 years of relevant experience as a practicing civil engineer. The bold xx indicates that the person is best qualified to teach a particular outcome; a single x indicates

Estes, A., & Nuttall, B., & McDaniel, C. (2008, June), Researchers And Practitioners: A Dual Track Path To Tenure That Works Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3691

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