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Strategies and Techniques for New Tenure-track Faculty to Become Successful in Academia

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Faculty Unite! Effective Ways for Educators to Collaborate Successfully

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New Engineering Educators

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Gouranga Banik Oklahoma State University

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Gouranga Banik, Ph.D., P.E., PMP., F.ASCE, is currently serving as division head and professor for the college of engineering, architecture and technology at Oklahoma State University. Prior to this, Dr. Banik was the departmental chair and professor of civil and architectural engineering at Tennessee State University. Dr. Banik completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Iowa State University. He has 11 years of industry experience working in both the private and public sectors as an engineer and/or project manager. A registered professional engineer and certified project manager (PMP), Dr. Banik has more than 40 refereed publications in the area of civil engineering and construction management. He has presented his research in several well-known and peer-reviewed conferences, such as ASEE, ASCE, ASC, WEFTEC and CIB, and published articles in those conference proceedings. He presented his research all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Greece, Italy, Brazil, and the Philippines.

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Although engineering and engineering technology (E and ET) programs are part of STEM, in many cases E and ET faculty have different academic backgrounds and job responsibilities compared to other branches of STEM. E and ET faculty often require industry experience with the highest academic degree, and have higher teaching and research loads. Faculty are required to do a number of things that graduate school and/or industry practice don’t teach them, such as planning and delivering courses effectively, designing and starting a research program to getting it funded, attracting and managing graduate students and undergraduate students, finding and working with appropriate faculty or industrial collaborators, writing assignments and tests that are both rigorous and fair, dealing with classroom management problems and students with a bewildering assortment of academic and personal problems, doing what it takes to learn about and integrate into the campus culture, and finding the time to do all that and still have a personal life (Adam et al. 2008, Felder et al. 2012; Kember and Kwan 2000). It becomes more challenging to get established when the department or the college does not have the adequate resources to support the new faculty, and lacks a formal faculty development and mentoring program on campus.

Banik, G. (2016, June), Strategies and Techniques for New Tenure-track Faculty to Become Successful in Academia Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25886

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