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June 22, 2020
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Faculty Development Division
This Work-in-Progress paper outlines an approach that a faculty member can utilize to take ownership of their career. Although many full-time faculty, whether mid-career, tenure-track, or nontenure-track, do not think of themselves as entrepreneurial, it is imperative that one is entrepreneurially minded (EM) to succeed in academia. The tasks that a faculty member completes each day: teaching, obtaining research dollars, managing and recruiting students, and creating and managing budgets are inherently entrepreneurial activities. The three Cs, curiosity, connections, and creating value, used in the KEEN EM framework, are useful for faculty development. Engineering faculty instill curiosity in their students every day and are curious about solving research problems, they make connections when they teach in class and perform research, and create value when they teach courses students want to take and solve research problems organizations wish to fund. This paper prepares the foundation for a robust, holistic approach to faculty development using the three Cs. The concept of a career strategic plan is discussed and recommended professional development activities are provided at various stages in a faculty member’s career. The approach presented fits into the conventional teaching-scholarship-service model used at most institutions so that it can be applied at the individual level. Furthermore, a case is made for how institution-wide adoption would benefit the individual faculty member and the institution that they serve. The preferred format for this presentation is a roundtable discussion.
Welker, A. L., & Carnasciali, M., & Downing, C. G., & Melton, D. E. (2020, June), Thinking Entrepreneurially about Your Career Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35386
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