Merging research with service and teaching in an engineering technology department


When asked for a definition of research, engineering and engineering technology faculty usually respond with definitions that describe the technical and scientific projects they have been involved with. This type of research usually falls under the scholarship of discovery. Consequently, research activities are segregated from the other activities faculty are called upon to do, namely service and teaching. Engineering and technology faculty are often unaware of the broader definition of research offered by Ernest L. Boyer in his text, Scholarship Reconsidered. Many universities are adopting this expanded view of research. At The University of Memphis, teaching-faculty are encouraged to share their experience in the classroom through the scholarship of teaching. Technology faculty are joining in the research arena by sharing their technical experience through the scholarship of application and the scholarship of integration. This paper presents, as an example of the expanded definition of research, one engineering technology faculty member' s efforts to develop a research plan based upon teaching and service.

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ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

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