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Use of an Electronic Dossier for Promotion

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Best Methods for NEEs

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New Engineering Educators

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23.1291.1 - 23.1291.9



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Carmine C. Balascio P.E. University of Delaware

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Dr. Carmine C. Balascio, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor in the departments of Plant and Soil Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. He earned bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering technology and mathematics from UD. He earned an M.S. in agricultural engineering and a Ph.D. double-major in agricultural engineering and engineering mechanics from Iowa State University. He has taught engineering technology courses in surveying, soil mechanics, and storm-water management for over 25 years and has research interests in urban hydrology, storm-water management, and assessment of student learning. He has served two four-year terms on Delaware’s Engineering Licensing Board, the DAPE Council, and has just begun a third. He is active on several NCEES committees.

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Use of an Electronic Dossier for PromotionThis paper relates the experiences of a faculty member in the Department of ____________________ at the University of ________ who participated in a pilot program that used theSakai Learning Management System (LMS) as a platform for construction of an electronicpromotion dossier (eDossier). The eDossier was used for the application for promotion fromassociate professor to professor. The electronic structure of the eDossier is discussed as well asthe advantages of the electronic hyperlinked document format and web-based platform forpresentation of candidate's statements, self-evaluations, and evidentiary materials supportingpromotion.Since the Sakai LMS was not designed with use as a promotion dossier in mind, the limitationsof the Sakai LMS as a platform for building the eDossier are examined. Importantconsiderations that must be dealt with in a robust manner include user-friendly access toelectronic versions of confidential materials. Sakai allows multiple levels of permissions to beassigned to various users. The logistics of access to and distribution of the eDossier for reviewby external peer reviewers and by individuals and P&T committees at the university areexamined from the standpoint of safeguarding confidentiality of specific items such as lettersfrom external peer reviewers and letters of reference from colleagues and former students. Themanner in which updates, corrections, and additions are handled is also explained.

Balascio, C. C. (2013, June), Use of an Electronic Dossier for Promotion Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22676

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