Hiring native american faculty in engineering and construction: Challenges from an institutional perspective

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Abstract

Engineering schools, including construction engineering and management programs, have been generally unable to recruit Native American (NA) faculty in the United States. Consequently, NA construction and engineering students lack role models in academia, and research universities miss the opportunity of producing research that is relevant to NA issues. To understand what are the challenges to hiring NA faculty as perceived by the institutions, the authors interviewed engineering deans from various research institutions across the country. The preliminary results presented in this paper show that university administrators perceive the "lack of NA applicants"as the main challenge to hiring NA faculty in engineering. However, the results also highlighted that most of the institutions that participated in this study do not provide enough resources to support the NA's desire to give back to their communities. Most deans admitted not being aware of whether their colleges engage with NA tribes in terms of research and service. Also, from the few examples of tribal engagement brought up by the deans, most were limited to temporary research projects that investigated tribal issues. Finally, the vast majority of the deans acknowledged that their colleges avoid hiring their own Ph.D. candidates as faculty, which poses an extra challenge to NA applicants, many of which want to remain close to their families and communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationSafety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsMounir El Asmar, David Grau, Pingbo Tang
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages773-781
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482872
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Safety, Workforce, and Education - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2020Mar 10 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Safety, Workforce, and Education
CountryUnited States
CityTempe
Period3/8/203/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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