June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
The Professional Doctorate in Technology Leadership, Research & Innovation
Abstract Expertise demands engendered by the convergence of pressure for increased competitiveness and the accelerating advance of technology have become obvious to leaders in technology-centric business and industry. Because the university’s faculty maintain active engagement with such business and corporate leaders and their enterprises, they also recognized signals which evidenced there were responsible personnel in the private sector who would benefit from, and actually want, an advanced technology-oriented degree above the master’s level. But, faculty also noted that because of the career development stage and responsibilities of these personnel they were not likely to be willing or able to pursue a traditional university PhD. A thought-leading team of faculty from diverse departments was assembled to research and conceptualize what such a degree might look like and how it might be best delivered. The team launched two parallel research efforts, one to ascertain what precedents and experiences with similar goals existed around the world, i.e., an international review of other doctoral programs addressing similar needs, and the second was to conduct an interest and needs assessment of a sample of high probability individuals. The findings of both studies were positive and will be summarized in this paper. Subsequently, this paper will describe the successful program development and approval process and the planned phasing of its implementation. The development team treated the existing program approval mechanisms, as found in most universities and states, as a staged-gate approval process. This necessitated the development of (1) a conceptual proposal, (2) a competitive analysis, (3) a detailed program plan, (4) an implementation plan, and (5) a formal proposal with supporting data as required by the state coordinating body for higher education. The program that evolved from this process was a distance/on-campus-hybrid professional doctorate program permitting extensive tailoring of the learning experiences. This will enable participants to simultaneously address a need/problem/issue specific to their enterprise while simultaneously addressing and advancing one or more of the program’s key competency vectors. This paper provides an overview of the initial set of program competencies and describes their intended use for candidate assessment (both self and by program faculty) and scaffolding for building expertise as candidates progress to earn their degrees. In addition to the description of the actual doctoral program, this paper will also share the support mechanisms necessary to deploy such a program in a doctoral extensive land grant university. Specifically highlighted will be the role of a dedicated business unit designed to streamline typical university bureaucracy in order to provide responsiveness and services consistent with the expectations of a competitive private sector world. Finally, this paper will conclude with a detailed bibliography of references and resources of use to other institutions interested in addressing similar needs.
NOTE: This abstract is intended to describe one of the four papers focusing on doctoral programs for Engineering and Technology that are, if accepted, to be compiled into a special Graduate Studies Division thematic session focusing on doctoral programs. The intent then is to have each of the paper presenters then conduct a panel session interacting to questions for other panelists as well as from the audience.
This abstract has been specifically anonymized for purposes of review.
I would encourage the program chair to consider jointly sponsoring this session with the Engineering Technology Division
Newton, K., & Springer, M. L., & Dyrenfurth, M. J., & Naimi, L. L. (2019, June), The Professional Doctorate in Technology Leadership, Research & Innovation Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33416
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