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Time Management for Faculty: A Framework for Intentional Productivity and Well-Being

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Developing New Engineering Educators

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New Engineering Educators

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Amy B. Chan Hilton University of Southern Indiana

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Amy B. Chan Hilton, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). Her interests include teaching and learning innovations, faculty and organizational development, environmental systems analysis, and applied optimization. Prior to joining USI, Dr. Chan Hilton served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation with experience in the Engineering Education and Centers (ENG/EEC) division and the Division of Undergraduate Education (EHR/DUE). She also served as Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering. She holds civil and environmental engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Faculty work includes a wide range of responsibilities and long lists of tasks. Some of these tasks have more immediate deadlines and necessitate frequent attention, while other responsibilities are longer-term projects. For example, teaching preparation can consume a large proportion of a new faculty member’s time; however, one’s research and journal manuscript writing cannot be neglected. New faculty in particular may be faced with teaching, research, and service activities all requiring their time and attention at an intensity level that they might not have encountered before. This can lead to a faculty member feeling overwhelmed and trigger self-doubt.

This paper presents a research-based, holistic framework and strategies for time management, with an emphasis on taking an intentional approach to allocating time and effort to high priority activities that require both immediate and sustained, long-term attention. Another goal of this time management framework is supporting one’s well-being, which can often be neglected. The PRIDE framework consists of five components: Priorities, Reflection, Implementation, Deadlines, and Emotions. These five components are considered when making decisions about individual tasks and setting plans for each day, week, or semester, or for a complex project.

The audience of this paper includes new faculty, faculty at all experience levels who are looking to tune-up in their time management practices, and faculty who have assumed additional administrative roles.

Chan Hilton, A. B. (2017, June), Time Management for Faculty: A Framework for Intentional Productivity and Well-Being Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29030

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