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The Role Of The Asee Student Chapter In The Making Of A Professor: A Case Study Of Ut Austin

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1034.1 - 6.1034.5



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Peggy Rijken

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Jagannathan Mahadevan

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Dr. Ronald E. Barr

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Zeno Philip

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Michael Tsurikov

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Fernando Ulloa

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Cynthia Finley

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Session 2655

The Role of the ASEE Student Chapter in the “Making” of a Professor: A Case Study of UT-Austin Zeno Philip, Cynthia A. Finley, Michael Tsurikov, Peggy Rijken, Jagannathan Mahadevan, Fernando Ulloa, Ronald Barr The University of Texas at Austin


Future professors are drawn from the rank of current graduate students. An ASEE student chapter can be of great help in catering to the needs of these students. Although ‘engineering teaching’ is a specialized profession with regard to each engineering discipline, there are many similarities in all engineering disciplines in issues such as, in applying for a position, in the teaching process, and life in academia. An ASEE student chapter can organize forums to address these issues for students interested in academic careers. Since there is a lot of interaction between students in a university setting with good e-mail and other communication avenues, the chapter can also reach out to those students who may not have considered academic careers.

Survey of Student Chapter Members

The UT student chapter has been in existence since the 1996-1997 academic year. Since then, it has conducted many programs of interest to academia-bound graduate students. Some of those students have now become faculty members at institutions around the U.S. A small survey was sent out to five of these former students to find out if the ASEE activities helped them in their preparation to become faculty members, if the chapter influenced them to become faculty members, and if the programs conducted were relevant. The survey questions are presented in Table 1. The five former members and their current institutions are as follows:

• Dr. Eric Matsumoto, California State University, Sacramento, • Dr. Anneta Razatos, Arizona State University, • Dr. Robert Stone, University of Missouri-Rolla, • Dr. Norman Grady, West Point Military Academy, and • Dr. Jeffrey Gray, Johns Hopkins University (currently doing post-doctoral research work at the University of Washington).

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Rijken, P., & Mahadevan, J., & Barr, D. R. E., & Philip, Z., & Tsurikov, M., & Ulloa, F., & Finley, C. (2001, June), The Role Of The Asee Student Chapter In The Making Of A Professor: A Case Study Of Ut Austin Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9755

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