Succeeding as an Engineering Professor
Spring 2018 Syllabus
Course Time: Wednesdays 1:30 – 4:20 p.m.
Course Location: ARMS 3109
Credit: 3 credit hours
Instructors: Prof. Audeen W. Fentiman
Office: ARMS 1231
Office hours: By appointment
Diamond, R.M. (2004) “Preparing for Promotion, Tenure and Annual Review”, 2nd Ed, Anker Publishing Company.
Franko, M. and Ionescu-Pioggia, M. (2006) “Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New faculty”, 2nd Ed., Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Course Description & Goals:
This course is one of four required for a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning Engineering. The other three courses are devoted to educational methods and practice. This course is designed provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice the skills that complement and enhance teaching and learning in a tenure-track faculty position at either a research intensive university or at an institution that focuses on undergraduate engineering education. Teaching a course is only one aspect of helping students to learn. Obtaining funding for research, mentoring graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and building a network that continually provides new information related to doing the job well all contribute to a faculty member’s ability to help students learn.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Write a personal development plan for preparing for a faculty position either at a research intensive institution or at an institution that focuses on undergraduate engineering education
- Identify potential sources of funding for their research and write or collaborate on a proposal
- Describe their student mentoring philosophy and be able to articulate how they might implement this philosophy and adapt their teaching style when working with students from a wide range of cultures
- Select and mentor graduate students - or undergraduates working in the research lab, as individuals and as a group
- Make effective use of professional organizations and conferences to expand their professional network
Students will be graded on five written assignments, one oral presentation, class participation, portfolio, and attendance. There will be no quizzes or mid-term exams. Students will prepare a portfolio of revised course assignments in lieu of a final exam.
|Assignment||Percent of course grade|
|Professional development plan||15%|
|Draft research statement||10%|
|Paper on networking||10%|
|Paper on mentoring grad students||15%|
|Identifying appropriate positions||10%|
|Portfolio with revised documents (due April 25)||15%|
|Class participation, including discussion of current issues||10%|
Attendance will be graded as follows: after 3 unexcused absences, each unexcused absence from a lecture will result in a 5% reduction of the student’s final grade, and each unexcused absence on a day when student presentations are made will result in a 10% reduction in the student’s final grade. If you are ill, do not attend class. Send an e-mail to the instructor before class stating that you are ill. The absence will be excused. Written assignments due the day of the absence can be submitted electronically. Presentations missed will be rescheduled.
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- using the exact language of someone else without the use of quotation marks and without giving proper credit to the author
- presenting the sequence of ideas or arranging the material of someone else even though such is expressed in one's own words, without giving appropriate acknowledgment
- submitting a document written by someone else but representing it as one's own”
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Course Schedule (Tentative) – with brief descriptions of assignments
|3/14/18||Spring Break||No Class|
Write about mentoring philosophy
Information incorporated at the request of the Provost
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