June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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College Industry Partnerships
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The Path from Industry Professional to Assistant ProfessorTransitioning from an industrial career to an academic faculty position takes on the challenges ofany significant career change but has added complexity of adapting to cultural and organizationalmission drivers that are generally significantly different from profit driven companies. Thispaper establishes a model for industry professionals considering a move from the industrialworld to a faculty position within a state sponsored four year university. Success criteria areidentified through research into the organizational, cultural, and professional developmentrequirements of higher education that industry professionals will need to navigate should theyconsider a career move into academia.The data for the research is developed from case studies at two different four year universitiesfrom different states where industry professionals have successfully transitioned into academiafrom industrial careers. The first case study chronicles the pathway and success criteria frommanagerial positions in publically traded companies into an adjunct faculty position, then fulltime lecturer, and on to assistant professor. The second case study is a mentored relationship ofa colleague from an international industrial leadership position to a full time lecturer. Both casestudies involve career changes from industrial management to academic faculty positions at stateuniversities, but involvement of different state university systems allows for comparativeanalysis and evaluation of success criteria.The cultural differences between public companies within a profit driven environment and thegovernmental organizational structure and culture of state universities will be assessed.Additionally, the differences in personal education and development between industryprofessionals and academics will be defined. Comparisons between personal evaluations andmetrics between industry and academia will provide insight into adapting to an academicinstitution’s triple objectives of teaching, service, and research.Results will be presented as model demonstrating academic career progression encompassingteaching, service, and research responsibilities, along with personal educational requirements,and a timeline for successful advancement. The research will also define options available forfull time lecturers to pursue continuing education toward a terminal degree. The objective of theresearch is to define personal development requirements and alternatives to allow for making thetransition into academia a career rather than a job.
Angolia, M., & Pagliari, L., & Easterling, J. K. (2015, June), The Path from Industry Professional to Assistant Professor Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24898
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