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Scholarship In Engineering Technology: Personal Thoughts

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Scholarship in Engineering Technology

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9.1084.1 - 9.1084.7



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Albert Lozano

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Scholarship in Engineering Technology: Personal experiences and thoughts

Albert Lozano-Nieto, PhD The Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth College Wilkes-Barre Campus P.O. Box PSU Lehman, PA 18627 Phone: (570) 675-9245 FAX: (570): 675-7713 email:


In recent years, Universities have placed a stronger emphasis on research and scholarship as a critical element not only for faculty members to be tenured and promoted but also being used in their performance evaluations. Engineering Technology (ET) faculty members are not an exception. However, ET faculty is a more heterogeneous group than their colleges in Engineering programs, having very diverse experiences and backgrounds. A common factor for all ET departments is the emphasis on undergraduate education and the limited human and infrastructure requirements to conduct the traditionally considered research activities. All this introduces newer elements that need to be considered when defining the activities that can be considered under the umbrella of scholarship in Engineering Technology.

The goal of this paper is not to solve all the problems that exist today in defining and understanding scholarship in our field, but to share the author’s experiences in developing his own scholarship activities as an ET faculty member. The author firmly believes that scholarship activities in Engineering Technology will ultimately help to strengthen our own academic identity.

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Higher Education has changed and will continue changing. Pressures from legislatures, budget cuts and society increasingly scrutinizing their activities have caused University administrators to demand more from their faculty members, most of the times with less resources. Engineering Technology (ET) is not only an exception, but it is one of the areas most strongly affected by these changes. ET faculty members are being subjected to escalating expectations by their

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering

Lozano, A. (2004, June), Scholarship In Engineering Technology: Personal Thoughts Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13896

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