June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
New Engineering Educators
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Taking the Leap: Moving from Industry to the AcademyEvery year, practicing engineers look to leave their industry role and move into the professorate. Thereason for this desire for change varies widely. Whether they are hoping to give back to the professionafter a successful career, found that their passion is teaching or building the body of knowledge throughresearch, or hope to find a better lifestyle; educators with a deep set of industry experiences have much tooffer their new employers. But they also face a unique set of challenges in adjusting to academic life thatother new members of the faculty may not encounter. These challenges include successfully adjusting tothe politics and inner workings of the academy, when they may already have a deeply ingrained set ofexpectations for the workplace; balancing life and work during the challenging start-up and pre-tenureperiod, when they likely have a greater set of outside commitments than younger new faculty members;and leveraging their skills developed in industry for success in the classroom and research. This articleexplores the experience of two faculty members who each made the move after over fifteen years inindustry, one who is now early in that transition and the second moving toward full retirement. Theseexperiences are used to outline not only ideas on best practices for being successful in the transition, butpitfalls and traps to avoid.
Schell, W. J., & Kauffmann, P. J. (2014, June), Taking the Leap: Moving from Industry to the Academy Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23086
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