Comparison of Hiring and Promotion Criteria linked to Teaching, Educational Development and Professional Engineering Skills

Comparison of Hiring and Promotion Criteria linked to Teaching, Educational Development and Professional Engineering Skills

I. Saemundsdottir, A. Theodorsdottir, J. Malmqvist, S. Turenne, S. Rouvrais (2013).  Comparison of Hiring and Promotion Criteria linked to Teaching, Educational Development and Professional Engineering Skills. 12.

Within the higher education system, criteria for promotion based on research quality and contribution are well established and widely accepted. For teaching, on the other hand, such criteria have generally not been developed and implemented to the same degree. This poses a challenge for the implementation of the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) standards 9 and 10, which deal with the enhancement of faculty CDIO skills and faculty teaching skills. To be able to implement these standards successfully, universities need to have in place effective ways of evaluating teaching contribution and professional engineering experience. To support the implementation of CDIO standards 9 and 10, excellence in teaching and progressive educational development based on engineering experience must be acknowledged and rewarded.

This paper compares hiring and promotion policies and criteria for the evaluation of teaching contribution and educational development in four selected universities in Europe and North America. Conclusions are drawn with regard to the CDIO standards 9 and 10 and perspectives for future development of such criteria discussed.

Proceedings of the 9th International CDIO Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 9 – 13, 2013.

Authors (New): 
Ingunn Saemundsdottir
Asdis Hlokk Theodorsdottir
Johan Malmqvist
Sylvain Turenne
Siegfried Rouvrais
Reykjavik University, Iceland
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Institut Mines Télécom, France
Academic promotion criteria
hiring policies
Educational development
teaching skills
professional engineering experience
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