June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
New Engineering Educators
Tenure in engineering programs at research universities usually is granted based on a faculty member’s performance in teaching, research, and service. New untenured faculty hires at such institutions often have a reasonably good understanding of the teaching and research components of this trifecta, but have questions about the appropriate amount of service to perform. On the one hand, service can open up avenues to expand research activities and enhance teaching. On the other hand, service can also cause faculty to expend valuable and limited time on activities that will not be well-received by a tenure-review committee. This can lead faculty members to question whether or not they should pursue particular service roles as they attempt to get their careers off to a successful start.
In this paper, the various types of service roles will be summarized. The potential benefits offered by the different types of service will be explored. Additionally, the negative aspects of the different types of service will be highlighted. The impacts of service on the career paths of faculty will also be discussed. With this information in hand, new faculty will be in a better position to wisely choose between different available service opportunities as they seek to produce the best portfolio for both their immediate goal of achieving tenure and their longer-term goal of having the career that they want for decades.
Reisel, J. R. (2019, June), Service at a Research University: A Veteran Faculty Member’s Perspective for New Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33261
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