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America’s research-active, geotechnical faculty members – a snapshot of the community
2010-02, Laefer, Debra F., McHale, C.
This paper is a snapshot in time of the personal backgrounds, educational training, professional ranking, and productivity levels of those individuals with respect to Compendex-listed journal paper. Important questions are raised not only as to issues of age, gender, and nationality, but as to where the professoriate in geotechnical engineering is coming from, what level of experience they are bringing to their positions, and their professional standing. The results of this paper raise several, possibly unexpected observations including the apparent role that small, private, undergraduate programs have in grooming future faculty members; the fact that most female faculty members come from only a handful of doctoral programs; the increasing productivity of junior faculty members; and the aging of the community with respect to succession planning. This document is intended to be a discussion document for succession planning for the wider community.
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America's Research-Active, Geotechnical Faculty Members: An Investigation of National Science Foundation Funding Trends
2011-03-13, Laefer, Debra F., Akter, S., McHale, C.
This paper is an investigation of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funding trends within America’s research-active tenured and tenure-track, civil engineering community from 50 major, doctoral-granting institutions, with 5 schools examined in detail. Important questions are raised as to how funding patterns relate to rank and sub-discipline within Civil Engineering, and whether there is a causal link with publication rates. The paper presents key parameters with respect to issues that may be critical for tenure decisions at some institutions. They include total average number of awards per individual, the size of those awards normalized by named participant, and how these values have changed over the past nearly 40 years. These issues are considered for Geotechnical Engineering in comparison to other sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering. Funding breakdowns shows a higher reliance of Geotechnical engineers on traditional funding programs within NSF with a profoundly greater capacity to raise money at more senior levels, although these additional resources do not necessarily translate into increased journal publication rates.