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The Professional Doctorate in Technology Leadership, Research & Innovation

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Non-Traditional Doctoral Programs

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Graduate Studies

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Kathryne Newton Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Kathy Newton is an Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Faculty Success for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. She is a Professor of Supply Chain Management Technology in the School of Engineering Technology. Her teaching and
scholarly interests are in the areas of supply chain management, quality control, and graduate education. She
served as Department Head of Industrial Technology from 2007 to 2010. Prior to her appointment at Purdue University
in 1993, she spent seven years teaching for Texas A&M University’s Department of Engineering
Technology. Dr. Newton has a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, a Master’s degree in Business Administration,
and a B.S. in Industrial Distribution, each from Texas A&M University.

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Mitchell L. Springer PMP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Dr. Mitchell L. Springer

Dr. Springer currently serves as an Executive Director for Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has over thirty-five years of theoretical and defense industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: software engineering, systems engineering, program management and human resources. Dr. Springer possesses a significant strength in pattern recognition, analyzing and improving organizational systems. He is internationally recognized and has contributed to scholarship more than 300 books, articles, presentations, editorials and reviews on software development methodologies, management, organizational change, and program management. Dr. Springer sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including local, regional and national recognitions for leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion; as well as, recognition for exceptional teaching and support of military connected students.

Dr. Springer is the President of the Indiana Council for Continuing Education as well as the Past-Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Springer received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, his MBA and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & SHRM-SCP), in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and, in civil and domestic mediation. Dr. Springer is a State of Indiana Registered domestic mediator.

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth is a Professor Emeritus and former Graduate Programs Coordinator in the Department of of Technology Leadership and Innovation in Purdue University's Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the ASEE and he serves or has served on theGSD, ENT and the ETD leadership Boards and as program chair for the ASEE ENT (2014) and the CIEC in New Orleans (2008). Previously he completed a four year term as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in Purdue University’s College of Technology.

He was co-PI of two international EU-FIPSE funded grants. His scholarship agenda focuses on technological innovation, technological literacy, workforce development, and international dimensions of these fields. Increasingly, he has turned his attention to the field of technological innovation and the assessment of technological capability, understanding and innovation.

Internationally he has worked in Germany, South Africa, Poland, the USSR, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Czech and Slovak Republics, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Taiwan His early experience involved teaching in Alberta and at universities in North Dakota and New Jersey.

Immediately before coming to Purdue, he served as graduate coordinator for the Industrial Education and Technology Department at Iowa State University. Previously, for twenty years, he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri’s Department of Practical Arts and Vocational Technical Education in various professorial, coordinator and leadership roles. He maintains a consulting practice in the area of third party evaluation, technology futuring and leadership and curriculum development.

He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Linda L. Naimi Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Linda Naimi is Associate Professor in Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University and an Attorney at law. Her research interests include ethics and law for leaders in engineering and technology; global technology leadership; innovation and commercialization; and intellectual property.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--33416

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