Engineering Societies and Facilitating Measures of Faculty Impact

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February 08, 2018 AT 09:54 AM
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Advance registration for this event is now closed. Contact Ken Jarboe (kjarboe@nae.edu) if you are interested in attending.

A workshop sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering

Traditionally, engineering faculty are expected to contribute to and be evaluated in three areas: research, teaching and service with the common perception being that research has the highest priority, especially at doctoral universities. In each of these areas the key question often asked is what is the impact of the faculty member and how is it evaluated. But this is not a static question. Engineering education is changing. Engineering education is becoming increasingly hands-on rather than solely lectures on concepts and theory. Teaching is increasingly a team activity, especially in interdisciplinary areas. Research on engineering education has become an accepted part of engineering scholarship. The make-up of faculty is shifting as well with more teaching faculty and “Professors of the Practice.” Outside activities such as student competitions are now considered to be important parts of the educational experience. The concept of service by faculty members includes student mentoring (internal to the institution) and professional engagement activities (external to the institution).

As engineering education changes, the criteria for reappointment, promotion and tenure (RPT) may need to be viewed more broadly. One way to broaden the view is by looking that the impact of faculty on the engineering profession. But “impact” has an imprecise meaning and can easily vary from one institution to another as well as from one situation to another.

The issue of faculty evaluation was raised as an item of concern at a national workshop held last year by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on the engagement of engineering societies in undergraduate engineering education. As a result, the NAE is holding a follow-up workshop to explore how engineering societies may help define and articulate the concept of faculty impact as part of the RPT process. Engineering societies hold a unique position as a link between engineering education (academia) and engineering practice (industry).

The meeting to explore these issues will take place on February 12, 2018, at the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty members, college administrators, professional society officials, industry representatives and other interested individuals are invited to participate.

The workshop will begin by highlighting the changes occurring in engineering education. The next two sessions will include examples of broader evaluation criteria. One session will look at the experience of other professions (e.g., architecture, medicine and law). Another session will examine examples of innovative ways that some engineering schools are already using in evaluating impact as part of their RPT process. The heart of the meeting will be a discussion of the role of engineering societies in helping to define and encourage the use of “impact” in faculty evaluation.

Workshop Agenda

The workshop is an outgrowth of the NAE workshop in early 2017 on the "Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education." For more information, please contact Ken Jarboe, Senior Program Officer at kjarboe@nae.edu.