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The Tenure And Promotion Dilemma At The Nation's Professional Schools Of Engineering

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.430.1 - 2.430.5



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Thomas G. Stanford

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Donna J. Michalek

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Donald Keating

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Session 2275

The Tenure and Promotion Dilemma at the Nation's Professional Schools of Engineering

Thomas G. Stanford and Donald A. Keating University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208

Donna J. Michalek Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI 49931


With today's emphasis on research at the nation's engineering schools, there exists an incongruence between graduate research and professionally oriented engineering education to enhance creative engineering practice for responsible leadership of new technology development and innovation. This paper presents the dilemma at the nation's engineering schools: to achieve excellence in both graduate research-oriented education and graduate professional education for the nation's engineers. At present, the nation's graduate education policy in engineering is a byproduct of research. Consequently, the tenure and promotion policy at the nation's engineering schools is primarily oriented toward research and dissemination of new scientific knowledge through publication. This paper presents the need for a transformation of the tenure and promotion criteria at the nation's engineering schools in order to develop a graduate professional- oriented alternative for those faculty who are innovating practice-oriented engineering education to improve U.S. technological competitiveness. This paper is based on two premises: first, that the nation's engineering schools play a vital role in shaping the nation's technology policy and educational policy, and second, that faculty who make needed practice-oriented educational innovation at the nation's engineering schools must be rewarded for their valuable and important contribution to the advancement of professional engineering education.

Framing the Issues

While graduate science research education in the United States has served the nation well in the education and training of future scientific researchers and university teachers, there is broad recognition that graduate engineering education must change to meet new challenges in the development of engineers for technology innovation in industry. As Morita,1 Chairman of Sony Corporation points out ... $The challenge for all countries, not just ours, is management of new technologies, new development, new products. We will need a lot of new ideas. Technology management will be the key to success for companies anywhere in the world in the coming years.

Stanford, T. G., & Michalek, D. J., & Keating, D. (1997, June), The Tenure And Promotion Dilemma At The Nation's Professional Schools Of Engineering Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6832

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