The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001: §38c
| Paper (refereed) IT Education: Best Practices
|Recommended Citation: Lankford, E M. Teaching IT: A Survey of Terminal Degrees, Hiring and Promotion for Information Technology Professors. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §38c.
Teaching IT: A Survey of Terminal Degrees, Hiring and Promotion for Information Technology Professors
Information Technology (IT) is a fairly new field, both in academia as well as in the "real world." Both its newness and its unique relationship with industry allow for a variant on the traditional academic terminal degree, which is typically a doctoral degree. Whereas traditional academic fields benefit greatly from the study and research resulting in a Ph.D. degree, the fast-paced field of IT needs to put a higher value on the actual work experience of the professors that are hired and retained with tenure. This is particularly important due to the ever-widening gap between the increasing number of new computer faculty positions and the decreasing number of new computer and technology Ph.Ds. I have conducted an online survey of IT professors to find out current policy standards regarding terminal degrees and work experience, as well as other information pertaining to hiring and promoting information technology professors.
|Elsa M. Lankford [a1] [a2]|
Applied Information Technology (AIT)
University of Baltimore [u1] [u2]
Baltimore, Maryland, USA [c1] [c2]
Keywords: information technology degree program, terminal degree, tenure, hiring and promotion of professors, professional work experience, academia
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