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Thinking Entrepreneurially about Your Career

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

WIP-ing Up Faculty Development!

Tagged Division

Faculty Development Division

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Diversity

Page Count

5

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35386

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https://peer.asee.org/35386

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71

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Andrea L Welker Villanova University

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Dr. Andrea L. Welker, PE, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and a Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. Her research focuses on effectiveness of stormwater control measures at both the site and watershed scale. She is the immediate past Chair of the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE.

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali University of New Haven Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5887-0744

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali is Chair of the Engineering and Applied Science Education Department at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven, CT. She is also an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She received her Bachelors of Engineering from MIT. Her research focuses on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities. Other research interests involve validation of CFD models for aerospace and industrial applications, as well as optimizing efficiency of thermal-fluid systems.

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Craig G Downing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Craig Downing is Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning, Department Head and Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His experience in post-secondary teaching encompasses courses in manufacturing, management, and mathematics. Downing brings more than two decades of industrial and educational experience/leadership to his current higher education work, now focusing primarily on post-baccalaureate education, industrial-academic relationships, and entrepreneurism. Downing is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Professional Engineering Manager, and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).

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Douglas E. Melton Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4203-4415

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Dr. Douglas Melton is a program director for the Kern Family Foundation and works with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) which has partner institutions who are developing educational experiences to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in their undergraduate engineering students. Doug Melton served as a faculty member for seventeen years within the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. There, he also served as the program director for Entrepreneurship Across the University. Prior, Doug was the Director of Research & Development for Digisonix Incorporated. His disciplinary specializations include signal processing, acoustics, and wireless communications.

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Abstract

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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