Preparing future engineering faculty: A professional development series

Kathleen A. Issen*, Brad Kinsey, L. Catherine Brinson, Linda J. Broadbelt

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The Preparing Future Engineering Faculty Professional Development Series was initiated in 1999 as a means for engineering graduate students considering academic careers to learn more about the profession they may soon join. The series consisted of several faculty panel discussions that covered the topics of hiring, tenure, funding, teaching and service. Seed questions provided a foundation for lively, interactive discussions consisting of student-posed questions and diverse faculty perspectives. While most panelists were Northwestern University engineering faculty (to facilitate scheduling and minimize costs), a final capstone event included engineering faculty representing several different types of institutions. The capstone event highlighted similarities and differences in engineering faculty life and responsibilities between institutions. The information and perspectives students obtained through this series will assist them in determining a career path: academia, industry or government. Those choosing academic careers are better prepared to identify and select an institution that is aligned with their skills and values, and to face the challenges of the hiring and tenure processes. To enable other institutions to initiate similar programs, a discussion of the keys to success and sample seed questions are also included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7973-7985
Number of pages13
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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